Menominee players celebrate their Great Northern Conference volleyball win over Marquette Thursday night. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Menominee players celebrate their Great Northern Conference volleyball win over Marquette Thursday night. EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
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MENOMINEE - There were times in the past when a Marquette rally would take the steam out of the Menominee volleyball team.

Not this Maroon team.

Menominee showed that it's ready to make a strong bid for the Great Northern Conference title with another show of team effort Thursday night.

The Maroons answered every Redette challenge in a 25-21, 25-20, 25-17 sweep on their home floor.

It marked the third straight sweep for Menominee, whose only loss is to Calumet in the title match of the season-opening Kingsford Invitational.

"It's really sweet. We've waited a long time for this," coach Sarah Betzinger said of the rare win over Marquette. "They're supposed to be on a par with us."

The opening game was knotted at 7 when junior middle hitter Amanda Simmons swatted across three spikes and Allia Stewart added an ace to fuel a 7-2 run.

Marquette, with 6-foot Taylor Smith on the front line, trimmed the lead to 18-16 before sophomore Paige Barrette stopped the surge with an ace. A Martha Storm spike ignited a 4-point flurry as Marquette squared the game 21-21.

The Maroons snatched the momentum back with a four straight points to win the match and send a message to the Redettes.

Amanda Pedersen unleashed a pair of spike kills and Maddy Anderla drilled an ace to spark the Maroons to a 12-7 lead in the second game.

Marquette mounted another surge, however, and pulled within 22-20 before a sideout returned the ball to Menominee. A Pedersen dink shot gave the Maroons a 22-20 lead they finished off the Redettes again with a finishing run.

Menominee grabbed a 14-8 lead in the third game on back-to-back aces from Irish Parrish. Marquette managed to chip the lead to four points before an ace by Allia Stewart and an Anderla spike kill and ace completed the impressive sweep.

"We didn't give up," said Betzinger of her team's resilience whenever Marquette made a push. "It was a total team effort again. They pull for each other and they push each other. They all want it."

Sam Krah led the Maroons in points with nine, including three aces, and she added two digs. Brook Janquart sparked the offense with 41 assists, and she had nine points, including an ace.

Stewart finished with seven points, including three aces, six digs and a kill and Pedersen had four points, an ace, five digs and five kills.

Paige Barrette led the Maroons in kills with six and added nine points, two aces and seven digs. Anderla collected a team-high nine digs and added four kills and two aces.

Amanda Simmons had six kills and two digs, Parrish contributed three points, an ace and three digs, Madison Blom had three digs and an assist and Brooke Demmith had a dig.

The Maroons travel to Kingsford Tuesday.