Maroon bragging rights for sure
Menominee volleyball team pulls away from Marinette
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:00 PM
Amanda Pedersen of Menominee rockets a hit across the net as Marinette’s Andrea Becker (3) and Sophie Hipke defend on the play during their match Tuesday in Menominee.
Maroons sweep M&M match
MENOMINEE - Grim-faced looks of determination turned to smiles for the Menominee tennis team after it chalked up its first win of the season Tuesday afternoon.
The Maroons played crisp tennis on the steaming hot day to sweep Marinette 7-0 on the Menominee courts.
The Maroons won six of the matches in straight sets while posting a trio of 6-0, 6-0 sweeps.
"This was a huge win for us today," coach Nikki Mathieu said. "We needed this big time. It was a huge confidence boost for us. It was so nice to see all the smiles on their faces."
Molly Jackson defeated Amanda Pieper 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Jessica Nutter turned back Rachel Tupper 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2.
At No. 3 singles, Brianna Chaltry, wearing braces on both knees and playing her first match since fracturing her ankle in the preseason, moved nimbly around the court in a pair of 6-0 wins over McKenzee Tibbits.
"Brianna played great today," said Mathieu.
Allison Odea capped the singles sweep with an 8-3 win over Abby Demmith at No. 4.
Emma Hitch and Linsey Furton opened with a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles before the Marine tandem of Alexis Denowski and Kimberly Kienitz squared the match with a 6-2 victory. Hitch and Furton took back the momentum and the win with a 6-0 win in the third set.
Lexi Christian and Amber Woods defeated Dylan Finger and Kaitlyn Berkebeil and No. 2 and Mikayla Kewley and Jade LeMay scored a pair of 6-0 wins over Megan Padgett and Katy Langer at No. 3.
Mathieu, who wore the purple and white of the Marines in high school, had a lot of anxiety heading into her first M&M match as the Maroon coach.
"This was a bittersweet win. I played on the tennis team in Marinette in high school. We always beat Menominee so I was pretty nervous. It felt good to win tonight."
The Maroons play host to Marquette at 2 p.m. Thursday and the Redettes will then play Marinette.
No. 1 - Molly Jackson (Men) def. Amanda Pieper, 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 - Jessica Nutter (Men) def. Rachel Tupper, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 - Brianna Chaltry (Men) def. McKenzee Tibbits, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 - Allison Odea (Men) def. Abby Demmith, 8-3
1. Emma Hitch/Linsey Furton (Men) def. Alexis Denowski/Kimberly Kienitz, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0; No. 2 - Lexi Christian/Amber Woods (Men) def. Dylan Finger/Kaitlyn Berkebeil, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 - Mikayla Kewley/Jade LeMay (Men) def. Katy Langer/Megan Padgett, 6-0, 6-0
MENOMINEE - The competitive spirit of Tuesday night's M&M volleyball match was captured in the final rally of the night.
Menominee, led by three rocket smashes by Amanda Pedersen, kept the pressure on Marinette but the Marines fought off the barrage before giving up match point.
The Maroons boosted their record to 10-1 with hard-fought 25-16, 25-14, 25-12 sweep before a large crowd at the Menominee gym.
"We played good as a team and we communicated well," Menominee coach Sarah Betzinger said. "It was another total team effort."
The Maroons used their height at the net, quickness in the backcourt and a flurry of crucial aces to shake off the Marines.
With the first game tied at 12, Maddy Anderla fired off back-to-back aces and Pedersen added a pair of aces to spark a 10-1 run. Anderla's cross-court hit provided the game winner.
Menominee jumped out to a 17-4 lead in the second game, paced by strong setting and court coverage and aces from Anderla and Allia Stewart.
A pair of aces by Stephanie Corry highlighted a Marinette flurry which chipped the margin to 24-14 before Brooke Janquart's dink shot sealed the win.
"Marinette started to gel a little better and made it a little closer," said Betziner. "My girls had to step it up again and they did."
The Maroons used a 7-point run to break away from an 8-6 lead in the third game. Janquart launched another ace and Stewart found a seam in the Marine defense to hike the margin to 20-9.
"We had a lot of little mental errors," coach John Swick said. "We have to clean up our ballhandling and serves before we can expect to do any damage in the Bay Conference."
Janquart collected 13 points, including four aces, while turning in a 100 percent serving night. She added four digs and set up the Maroon attack with 36 assists.
Anderla was also 100 percent serving with 12 points, including three aces, and she added six digs, six assists and two kills.
Pedersen had eight points, including three aces, four digs, two assists, three kills and two blocks
Sam Krah had six points, including an ace, from the libero position, and three digs, and Stewart and Paige Barrette each had five points. Stewart finished with two aces, nine digs and three kills and Barrette had an ace, two digs and a kill.
Madison Blom did a nice job of setting with 10 assists, Amanda Simmons had two assists and a kill, Tristin Tiesling had three kills and Iris Parrish had four digs.
"There were times when everyone was focused and communicating," Swick noted. "When we do that we can be unstoppable. I like what I see. We have a good team."
Marinette won the junior varsity match 25-15, 25-22. Hollee Kolenda led the Maroons with two aces, three kills and she was 100 percent serving. Jeanette Rivard had four kills, two assists and two digs and Avrie Stewart was 100 percent serving.