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Wolverines triumph over Stephenson in four

ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Peninsula Wolverines seized the momentum when needed here Thursday night in a 3-1 (25-19, 16-25, 25-16, 25-18) volleyball triumph over the Stephenson Eagles.

After dropping the second set, the Wolverines wasted little time gaining the upper hand in the third.

Mid Pen built a 10-4 lead in the third before the Eagles sliced their deficit to 10-8 on a hitting error by the Wolverines.

The Wolverines then got a sideout, and junior Landry Koski served for four straight points and a 15-8 cushion.

Mid Pen continued to extend its lead, which reached 24-10 on an Eagles’ defensive error.

Stephenson scored the next five points prior to the Wolverines closing out that set.

“All the girls played their positions respectably,” said Mid Pen coach Emily Kayser. “This was an awesome team performance. It was nice to redeem ourselves after dropping a close match down there last week. We practiced on some of the things we missed down there. We communicated well.”

Mid Pen trailed early in the fourth, then took a 5-2 lead on an Eagles’ passing miscue.

The Wolverines made it 8-2 on a service ace by senior Daisy Englund, then extended their lead to 12-4 on a hitting error by the Eagles.

Mid Pen led by as much as 16-8 before the Eagles got a sideout on a kill by Alana Kozlowski.

The Eagles closed within 16-12 on a serve receive error and were within 19-16 on a defensive miscue.

Mid Pen, however, maintained its lead before clinching the fourth set on a net violation.

“The girls are fighters, but we had some real highs and lows,” said Eagles’ coach Kristi Miller. “We were missing our starting middle, which kind of broke up our chemistry. We had some new people in new positions, but still played well.”

Mid Pen secured the opener on a defensive error and Stephenson clinched the second set on a four-hit violation.

Koski collected 13 kills, nine blocks and 10 digs. Senior Allyson Lancour added eight kills and four blocks. Englund tallied 14 assists and 13 digs. Junior Shaelyn Lampinen recorded 15 digs, and Patty Salmi had 11.

Mid Pen, which dropped the jayvee match (25-20, 25-15), hosts Superior Central Monday. Stephenson visits North Central Tuesday.

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