LAKE LINDEN - Brittni Kisul brought the heat and the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes brought their game Tuesday.
The result was an easy Mountain Lakes Conference volleyball sweep of Chassell, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-15).
"Of course I love to see that, when the whole team works together, and that's exactly what they did. From the passing, to the setting and the hitting," LL-H coach Karen Keranen said.
Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Abby McConnon hits around the block of Chassell’s Lexi Pyykkonen during the second set of Tuesday’s match at Lake Linden. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)
The Lakes put a death grip on the first set from the start, with help from the senior Kisul. Kisul served LL-H's first eight points, including five aces, without reply. She also made a difference at the net, where she pitched in six kills and a block, and in the back row, where she had seven digs.
"She slowed down. She's realizing placement. She's still strong enough, but when she controlled the ball instead of just trying to blister it, that was a huge improvement," Keranen said.
Though the Lakes put away the first set with relative ease, they trailed 8-5 to start the second. Then Kisul's serve rotation came up. The Lakes put together seven straight points and took the lead back.
Chassell came to within 16-15, but a six-point run served by Annelise Polkinghorn made it 22-15, and Kisul served at the next sideout, finishing the set with back-to-back aces.
Chassell had another early lead at 7-6 in the third, but the Lakes scored the next 10 points, which basically finished it.
"We didn't really communicate well. There was no talking whatsoever, so the scores were quite low. As soon as we started talking, the scores would climb a little bit, but we'd stop talking again. You can't not talk in this sport," Chassell coach Gael Filpus said.
Kirsten Daavettila and Jamie Dompier posted seven and six digs, respectively, for Chassell. Ann Ruohonen had three kills.
For the Lakes, Mandy Perreault was the leading attacker with nine kills. Ciara Larson added six. Sarah Audette had 14 assists, while Polkinghorn added six.
Defensively, LL-H got five digs or more from five players, led by nine from Erin Gast. Perreault, Larson and Audette had five apiece.
"Those things spark your team like nothing else. Yes, I love good defense," Keranen said.
Both teams have a second MLC match this week. The Lakes host Ontonagon Thursday, while Chassell is at Ewen-Trout Creek the same night.