MP tops Trojans for first time

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Mid Peninsula volleyball team squeezed past the Forest Park Trojans 3-2 (25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-8) here Tuesday for the first time ever.

Mid Pen (9-2) minimized its own mistakes and capitalized on the Trojans’ as it quickly finished the fifth set.

“In the final set, we capitalized on their errors and kept the ball on our side of the court,” Mid Pen coach Emily Kayser said. “All the girls had a personal best tonight, and all the girls are stepping into their roles well. It was just a great performance all-around tonight.”

The Wolverines found their rhythm quickly to take the first set.

“The first set is key to grab,” Kayser said. “Grabbing that set, set the tone for us.”

The Trojans rebounded in the second, taking advantage of some Mid Pen miscues.

“In the second set, we lacked communication,” Kayser said.

The two teams traded sets until the fifth.

“The teams were pretty evenly matched,” Kayser said. “The willingness of the girls to not give up was phenomenal. They hustled no matter what. (Ellie) Paulsen made some great saves for us. The girls played the best that they’ve played all season tonight.”

Kayser hoped the Wolverines’ momentum would carry on.

“It was our first time beating Crystal Falls,” she said. “It’s a huge momentum mover that we can hopefully keep rolling into the rest of the season.”

Mid Peninsula hosts North Dickinson Thursday. Forest Park, which won the jayvee match 2-0, travels to Rapid River Thursday.

Mid Peninsula

Aces — D. Englund 4, K. Englund, Prater 2, Koski 2; kills — K. Englund 15, Croasdell 9, Koski 9, Lancour 7, Prater 2; blocks — Croasdell 3, K. Englund 1, Koski 1; assists — D. Englund 34, K. Englund 2, Prater 1; digs — Paulsen 29, Croasdell 16, K. Englund 14, Koski 14, D. Englund 8, Prater 6, Lancour 2.