EagleHerald/Brian Bell
Menominee’s Ashly Powell attempts to block a ball during Thursday’s match against Gladstone.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell

Menominee’s Ashly Powell attempts to block a ball during Thursday’s match against Gladstone.

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MENOMINEE — The Menominee volleyball team was defeated by Gladstone 3-1 on Thursday but had a much better outing than Tuesday’s match with Kingsford. 

“I’m much happier with the way the girls played tonight,” Menominee coach Sarah Betzinger said. “They went up for the hits and swung hard and they were confident in what they were doing and I like to see that, that’s awesome. When they play like that and their confidence is up, they’re fun to watch.”

Menominee got out to a 10-3 in the first game but Gladstone kept chipping away at it and eventually came back to tie things up at 13. The two teams went back and forth after the tie until Gladstone finally took its first lead of the game at 21-20 and the Braves were able to put the Maroons away and take game one 25-21. 

The Maroons got into a bit of a funk in game two and Gladstone used a couple big runs to win 25-12.

“That second game we kind of got in our own heads and the girls beat themselves in that game,” Betzinger said. “And they knew it which is why they were able to turn things around in game three; we found a group that meshed tonight that worked really well together.”

Menominee got out to a 6-2 lead in the third game before Gladstone took an 8-7 advantage. The Braves used a little bit of a run to gain a 21-16 lead forcing Menominee into a timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Maroons tightened things up and came back to tie it at 24 before taking a 25-24 lead. Menominee won the game 26-24 with some help from two substitution errors by Gladstone. The teams are only allowed 18 subs per game and the players are only allowed to sub for the same person. Gladstone mixed up both of them which caused two one-point penalties giving the Maroons the win. 

Gladstone took control of game four right out of the gate and jumped out to a commanding 22-13 lead on the Maroons before Menominee went on a run to get within four at 23-19, but the Braves were able to finish it out and won the final game 25-21. 

“The third and fourth games were completely different from game two,” Betzinger said. “The intensity was up and the girls put forth so much energy and effort. I’m very proud with how they responded from Tuesday night, it was a night and day difference.”

Izzy Berger led the Maroons with 42 assists and had three aces to go along, Chloe Villas chipped in 34 assists and an ace, Emma Hofer had a team-high 46 digs, Arikah Bellisle dug out 38 digs and Hannah Cole had eight blocks and four kills. 

The Menominee JV’s played the Braves as well and the Maroons were victorious in three games 25-12, 25-11 and 15-11. 

Erin Barrette had five aces and one kill to lead Menominee, Jada Van Beek and Abbey Leinonen had two aces and Emma Anderson had a team-high two kills and three blocks. 

Menominee’s next varsity match is Tuesday in Stephenson.