Kamin leads Eskymos spikers
ESCANABA — Escanaba continued its winning ways here Monday, beating Norway 3-1 on Senior Night.
The Eskymos got off to a slow start losing the first set 25-19 as Esky coach Adam Lambert started an all-senior lineup in the first set and the Eskymos were also playing without injured senior middle hitter Lexi Chaillier.
Following that loss, the Eskymos reeled off 25-10, 25-20, 25-19 set victories to win the final regular season home match.
Along with Chaillier, seniors Kylee Johnson, Paxton Johnson, Kathryn Wilson, Haillie McDonough, Kaitlyn Lord and Gabriella Stalboerger led EHS to the comeback win.
Norway (6-1 Skyline, 8-2) was also playing without its top player as setter Jaclyn Bal was out with food poisoning.
“We missed her (Bal) tonight and she is a big part of our offense,” said Norway coach Steve Andrews.
“Give Escanaba credit, they play scrappy and played well to beat us without their middle (Chaillier). Our hammers really didn’t get hammering and I would have liked for both teams to be playing at full strength. They kept us off balance all night and we were not passing as well as we usually do,” Andrews said.
Chaillier, the EHS kills and blocks leader this season, injured her ankle Saturday in the Elks Invitational tournament.
Lambert said she will be looked at again Wednesday and start physical therapy. He is hoping there is a possibility to heal for Saturday’s GNC tournament at Escanaba High School.
“We have had a couple other ankle injuries this year and it took a week to two weeks to get back playing,” said Lambert.
“We are hoping Lexi’s (ankle) is not severe and we will see if she can be back this week.”
Playing in Chaillier’s middle hitter position is sophomore Nicole Kamin, in her second week on the varsity after getting called up from the jayvee team.
Kamin had a match-high 16 kills and 16 blocks to lead both teams and Lambert likes how his new 5-10 middle is playing for the varsity Eskymos.
“Nicole has changed the dynamic of our team in a great way,” said Lambert.
“She is doing well and Lexi (Chaillier) while out injured, has taken her under her wing and helping her with when to jump and where to position.”
Escanaba (9-3) hosts the Great Northern Conference tournament Saturday and Lambert said it will be great volleyball to watch for local fans this weekend.
“This will be a big test for us Saturday and all the teams are strong,” said Lambert.
“Marquette is a good team and they have their tall front line and Gladstone is very good and it will be a great tournament here.”
Summary: Escanaba – Jailin Olson, 18 digs, 9 assists, Tess Henderson, 8 assists, 2 aces, Paxton Johnson, 1 kill, 1 block, Taylor Ray, 11 kills, 3 digs, Kamin, 16 kills, 16 blocks, 2 aces, Wilson, 2 aces, 2 digs, Lord, 2 aces, 5 digs, Stalboerger 4 kills, 3 blocks.