Wolverines top Rapid
RAPID RIVER — The Mid Peninsula Wolverines reaped the benefits of a few lengthy service runs here Thursday night in a 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-23) volleyball victory over the Rapid River Rockets.
Senior Landry Koski hit six points in a row, helping the Wolverines take a 16-9 lead in the first set of this Skyline Central Conference match.
Sophomore Maddie VanDamme added a five-point run in the opener. Junior Kora Prater served for five straight in the second, and senior Patty Salmi’s ace ended that set.
“Our serving went real well, and we had very minimal errors on offense and defense,” said Mid Pen coach Emily Kayser. “Kora and Patty (Salmi) had nice service runs. Shae (Lampinen) and Maddie did a very good job setting up our hitters, and Landry is always very good at the net for us.”
VanDamme’s run enabled the Wolverines to extend their lead to 22-11 in the first.
The Rockets trimmed their deficit to 24-16, then were foiled by a hitting error.
“The girls don’t give up,” said Rockets’ coach Kristy Kerstner. “Mid Pen was real scrappy tonight. We were too sloppy. We kept creating our own errors. Our passes were chaotic, which hindered our hitting.”
Prater’s run helped Mid Pen gain a 12-4 advantage in the second.
Senior Gracie Stemick pushed the ball over the net for a kill to bring the Rockets within 12-6.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 15-6 on a hitting miscue before the Rockets got a sideout on a Mid Pen defensive error.
Mid Pen’s lead melted to 15-11 on a two-hit violation but gained an insurmountable 21-13 advantage on a Rockets’ hitting error.
In the third set, the Wolverines led 19-12 following an ace by Prater.
Rapid River, however, refused to go away and climbed within 24-23 on a kill by senior Addie Christoff.
VanDamme then sealed the verdict by tipping the ball over the net for a kill.
“We felt we were gaining a little momentum at the end of the third set,” said Kerstner. “We just couldn’t hold it.”
Mid Pen sophomore Josie Hemminger injured her right ankle, forcing her out of the match late in the third set.
“The momentum changed when Josie went down,” said Kayser. “Rapid River is very scrappy. They hustle after every ball.”
Koski finished with five kills, two blocks and seven digs. Lampinen recorded three kills, five assists and 16 digs. Prater collected five aces and 13 digs.
Christoff led the Rockets with six kills and 12 digs. Freshman Emma Sundling tallied 11 assists, and junior Aiyana Semear had eight digs.
Mid Pen, which won the jayvee match in two sets, travels to Engadine for its regular-season finale Thursday. Rapid River visits Stephenson Monday.
Mid Peninsula — Prater (five aces, one assist, 13 digs); Koski (three aces, five kills, two blocks, one assist, seven digs); Lampinen (three aces, three kills, five assists, 16 digs); VanDamme (one ace, two kill, three assists, three digs); Salmi (one ace, two digs); Croasdell (three kills, three digs); Hemminger (one kill, two blocks, one dig); Haring (six digs).
Rapid River — Christoff (six kills, two assists, 12 digs); Stemick (three kills, one block); LaChance (three kills); Semear (two kills, eight digs); Sundling (11 assists); Thibault (three digs).