Chassell improves as districts approach, sweeps Bessemer

Paul Peterson photo Chassell's Sophia Huhta goes up to spike a shot in Tuesday night's match versus Bessemer. The Panthers scored a 3-0 win in the Copper Mountain Conference match.

CHASSELL — Volleyball observers dismissing Chassell as an also-ran in the upcoming Class C district tournament might want to take a closer look at the Panthers.

Chassell moved its record to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the Copper Mountain Conference with an easy 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-5) win over Bessemer Tuesday evening at Helakoski Memorial Gymnasium.

Speed Girls coach Shelly Mettler was impressed with the Panthers.

“They (Panthers) move really well as a whole team,” Metter noted. “Their hitters are tall and aggressive, they were a tough match for us.”

CHS skipper Kaitlyn Michaels felt her team has been improving steadily.

“That’s the way you would like things to progress as the districts get closer,” Michaels said. “I thought we played pretty well, we’re starting to develop strong hitters all around. We’re becoming more consistent, and that pleases me.”

Led by seniors Milly Allen and Sydney Danison, the locals took control of the match after a fairly close opening set.

Allen recorded a game-leading 24 assists and also had three aces. Danison registered nine kills, one block and two aces.

“Milly Allen was her usual active self tonight,” Michaels said. “Sydney Danison is really starting to shine as one of our most consistent hitters and blockers.”

Mettler, whose team is now 8-6 overall (3-3 in the league), felt her squad may have been a little weary after its sixth match in eight days.

“We looked tight out there, but that could have been Chassell’s play as much as anything,” she said. “They’ve got a strong team.”

Also making contributions for the Panthers were Leah Pennala with four kills and two aces; Huhta with three kills, two blocks and one ace, Gracia Asiala five kills, Dana Kinnunen four kills, Maili Rautiola three kills and Rebecca Markham five kills.

The Panthers will meet Dollar Bay on Friday.