Volleyball roundup: LL-H, L’Anse earn victories

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes remained undefeated in conference play with a four-set victory (25-19, 25-14, 24-26, 25-17) win over the Wakefield-Marenisco Cardinals Thursday in Lake Linden.

Still, it wasn’t the type of execution LL-H head coach Maureen Schick would like to see from her team (9-2-2, 4-0). 

“There are still too many mistakes and unforced errors for my liking,” Schick said. “I just don’t feel like we are the same sort of Lake Linden team as in the past. The talent is definitely there, but it doesn’t have that team-killer chemistry that we need. 

“At times, we look good but just lack the desire to finish someone off.”

Maija Codere and Erin Seppala each led LL-H with 10 kills, while Seppala added six aces. Laura Lyons finished with 31 assists. 

Defensively, Joslynn Perala led the Lake with 21 digs; LL-H also had 14 digs, each, from Mackenzie LePage and Erin Seppala. 

Next, LL-H takes part in the Forest Park Invite on Saturday. 

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L’ANSE — The L’Anse Purple Hornets have been attempting to find a consistent winning formula this season. On Thursday against the rival Baraga Vikings, L’Anse put it all together to secure a four-set win (25-22, 25-16, 15-25, 25-12). 

“It was a much-needed win for all of us,” L’Anse head coach Callie Budweg said. “The girls have been picking up momentum each game they play, and the offense is starting to take place, which I’m very pleased with.

“It’s a new drawing board each practice, and I’m still trying to determine who’s going to really take ownership of the court. 

“I have to give credit to Baraga for scrapping hard through the whole game. They didn’t make it easy.”

L’Anse put themselves in a position to sweep the nonconference match before Baraga took the third set 25-15. Still, L’Anse dominated the fourth set 25-12 to secure the match win.

Leading L’Anse, Stella Tortolini recorded a career-high 28 digs, while Megan Hendrickson dished out 17 assists. 

“They’ve really been coming around and setting a solid pace for the girls and keeping the morale together,” Budweg said of Tortolini and Hendrickson. “I’m also pleased with the way some of my girls, Savannah Selden and Mandy Gransell, have been really working and coming out strong when needed.

“Overall, with what we have and fighting sickness, we’re doing the best we can.”

Next, L’Anse takes part in the Forest Park Invite on Saturday. Baraga hosts Dollar Bay on Sept. 22.