Mid Pen edges Munising
ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Peninsula Wolverines put nearly all the pieces together here Wednesday night in a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) volleyball victory over the Munising Mustangs.
“This is a real good win for us,” said Mid Pen coach Emily Kayser. “This is definitely the best we played all season. We still have a lot of work to do and big shoes to fill, but overall, we put together a great performance.”
Senior Allyson Lancour sealed the verdict with one of her eight kills on a pass from senior setter Daisy Englund.
Mid Pen led 19-13 in the third set before Munising took advantage of a passing error and two hitting miscues to pull within 19-16.
A kill by junior Landry Koski gave the Wolverines a 20-16 lead. Moments later, she added a service ace for an insurmountable 23-17 advantage in the non-conference match.
“Mid Pen knew we’d have to play well to compete,” said Munising coach Josh Cole. “We had a lot of unforced errors tonight. I thought our defense played well — only we need to get more production from our hitters.”
Mid Pen (2-2) trailed 6-5 after a passing error in the finale.
The Wolverines tied the score on a Mustangs’ hitting error, took a 7-6 lead on a kill by Koski and back-to-back aces by Englund made it 9-6.
Munising tied the score at 10 before Mid Pen answered with four points and gained a 14-10 lead on a Mustangs’ defensive miscue.
The Mustangs came within three points on three more occasions, but the Wolverines didn’t allow them to get any closer.
“Munising always brings great competition,” said Kayser. “This was a very competitive match. I thought Daisy did real well running our offense.”
In the second set, Munising gained an 11-6 lead on a block by Jenna Matson and extended its cushion to 14-8 on a Wolverines’ hitting error.
The Wolverines still trailed 15-11 before Koski’s kill on a tip for a sideout trimmed their deficit to three points.
Englund’s jump serves then netted a five-point run, sending the Wolverines ahead to stay at 19-16.
Mid Pen was also forced to play catch-up in the opener.
The Wolverines, who trailed 9-4, rallied to take a 13-12 lead on three straight Mustangs’ hitting miscues.
Munising regained the lead, surging to a 19-16 advantage on Mackenzie Richardson’s tip for a kill.
Mid Pen responded with an 8-2 run, taking a 24-21 lead on a serve receive error.
The Mustangs climbed within 24-23 on service and passing miscues by the Wolverines before committing a hitting miscue to end the first set.
“This was only our third match and we returned just two players with experience,” said Cole. “Daisy had a nice match for them. She’s a solid player all the way around. She makes their team better.”
Englund collected 14 assists and hit four aces. Lancour tallied eight kills and a block and Koski added seven kills, two blocks and 10 digs.
Richardson had four aces. Sophia Rolfe recorded seven kills and Logan Peters had 23 digs for the Mustangs.
Freshman Olivia Nummilien served for 10 aces for the Mid Pen jayvees, who dropped a 21-25, 27-25, 25-15 decision.
Mid Pen hosts North Central Tuesday. Munising visits Rapid River Tuesday.
Mid Peninsula — Englund (four aces, one kill, 14 assists, four digs); Koski (three aces, seven kills, two blocks, one assist, 10 digs); Croasdell (three aces, one kill); Lancour (one ace, eight kills, one block, one ace); Salmi (three digs).