Volleyball roundup: L’Anse, Calumet get wins

L’ANSE – After one set, the visiting Ontonagon Gladiators appeared to be in the driver’s seat of their volleyball match against the host L’Anse Purple Hornets. With a 25-18 win, the visitors were poised to continue to make use of miscues by the Hornets.

However, the Hornets figured things out starting the second set, winning 25-14 before taking a marathon third set, 31-29, and then closing the match with a 25-13 victory in the fourth set.

Hornets head coach Callie Budweg was not impressed with her team’s performance through the first set, but was pleased that they were able to respond well from there.

“We came out flat in the first set,” said Budweg. “There was no movement, no communication. I told them they weren’t playing volleyball, that they were playing down at a level they shouldn’t be.

“I can’t be the one talking for them out there, and [I told them] to pick up the pace They did for a while.”

The third set, which turned into a lengthy one, especially given how head coach Megan Tucker’s Gladiators fought for every point.

“I have to give Ontonagon and Megan Tucker credit,” said Budweg. “They are a scrappy bunch who refused to give up and never let the ball drop.”

Identified as an issue before the season, the Hornets finally started to trust one another the longer the match went on, and that should bode well for the future.

“My girls are finally beginning to trust one another,” said Budweg. “[They are] learning that that nothing will come easy and we can’t let up.

Senior Maegan Kraft led the way for the Hornets with 10 aces, 19 service points, and 13 kills for the night. Junior Megan Hendrickson also had a strong night serving with 10 service points and 34 assists.

Senior Alexis Francois added 11 kills. Junior Stella Tortolini led the team with six digs.

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CALUMET – The Calumet Copper Kings opened the West-Pac season on a high note, defeating the West Iron County Wykons 25-13, 25-8 and 25-7. It was Calumet’s first home game of the season.

Up next, Calumet heads to Chassell on Thursday.