Gremlins fall in semifinals of ‘The Rock’

GLADSTONE — On Saturday, the Houghton Gremlins volleyball team returned to the tournament they won last season. Finishing first in their pool, things looked good for the Gremlins until they ran into a tough Gwinn team in the semifinals, falling in three sets, 25-20, 25-19, 16-14.

To get to the semifinals, the Gremlins split with Norway, defeated Westwood, and defeated in Escanaba before defeated the Eskymos a second time to earn the first spot coming out of their pool.

Deja Brule led the way offensively on the day thanks to 29 kills and eight blocks. Lissa Svoke also played with 11 kills.

Daityn Markham added 10 kills. Rachael Hall had eight kills and five blocks.

Casana Ryynanen racked up 48 assists.

Jayci Ruotsala picked up 30 digs defensively.

With “The Rock” tournament over, the Gremlins are now 6-9-4 on the season. They will host Negaunee Thursday.