STEPHENSON, Mich. — Stephenson volleyball dropped a five-set nail-biter to Norway Thursday evening. The Eagles led 2-1 before Norway eked out a dramatic 31-29 win in the fourth set and then closed out the match 15-11 in the fifth set.

A slow start had Stephenson down 21-10 in the opening set, but Emily Johnson served up an 8-0 run to spark an impressive comeback that finished with a 27-25 win for the Eagles. Norway took advantage of a struggling Stephenson attack to take the second set 25-18. In the third set, coach Sara Johnson spread the ball around, getting kills from five different players, and the Eagles rolled the Knights 25-15.

Norway jumped ahead 8-1 in the fourth set forcing Stephenson to play from behind once again. The Eagles were up to the task, garnering three match points in the set before Norway finally came out on top 31-29. The fifth set went back-and-forth and was tied 11-11, but Norway was able to close out the match with four straight points.

Amanda Starzynski led Stephenson with 13 kills and an impressive 30 digs. Karlee Kuntze posted 21 digs and seven kills while Justine Havelka finished with 17 digs. Emily Johnson just missed a triple-double with 19 assists, 17 digs and seven kills. Sydney Swanson notched double-figures in digs with 10, and Makayla Johnson turned in a solid all-around game with six kills, five blocks, 11 digs, and an ace.

Stephenson will play in the Forest Park Tournament on Saturday before hosting Menominee on Tuesday.