Prep Volleyball: Jets beat Chassell for district title

The Jeffers High School volleyball team poses with the Division 4 District 98 trophy after defeating Chassell 3-1 on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Chassell, Mich. (Eddie O’Neill/The Daily Mining Gazette)

CHASSELL — The come-from-behind momentum that pushed the Jeffers Jets past the Lake Linden Lakes on Wednesday evening just kept going on Friday night.

The Jets flew past the Chassell Panthers 3-1 to hoist the MHSAA Division 4 District 98 volleyball trophy up in their favor.

Jeffers won in four sets, 25-23, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-21.

The Jets advance to face Wakefield-Marenisco at the Region 25 tournament 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. The winner faces either Carney-Nadeau or Mid Peninsula in Thursday’s regional championship.

“We came out strong and swung at every ball we could and Chassell struggled to return any balls hit at them,” said Jeffers head coach Rachel Torp.

While set one started out close with the scored tied at three, five and six, the Jets pushed out to a 12-6 lead with Kenna Harris serving strong at the line. A six-point lead turned into a 10-point lead at 22-10 as the Jets pounded the Panthers with kills by seniors Marissa Nordstrom and Mara Pietala,

The second set followed a similar flow. The score was tied at nine, 12 and 15. The Panthers then took a 17-15 lead but it was short lived as Harris moved the Jets to a 18-18 tie and eventually a 25-19 victory. Pietala and Nordstrom were again strong at the net but this time it was in the blocking department as they stopped a couple of Panther hits cold at the net. Chassell had their chance to get back in the game, but errant hits and service errors were their downfall.

However the Panthers regrouped and dominated the third set. Junior Maelene Warren led the Panthers out to a 6-0 lead and the home team never looked back. They pushed their lead to 19-10 and ended with a 25-20 win.

“In the third set, we missed too many serves,” Torp said. “I told the girls that we needed to shake that one off and come back and keep swinging and they did.”

In the fourth set, the Jets jumped out to a 9-2 lead as senior Brenna Hill put up some tough serves. The Jets found their groove again and stayed one step ahead of the Panthers. Midway through they were up 17-10 and then finished 25-21.

We were able to find our spots on the court,” said Torp.

With the win, the Jets will now play in regionals next week.

I am proud of how the girls played as a team,” Torp said. “That is how we win games.”