Volleyball: Calumet makes quick work in sweeping Hancock

Calumet’s Laura Giachino (9) and Ila Goulette (7) attempt a block against Hancock on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Hancock, Mich. (Eddie O’Neill/The Daily Mining Gazette)

HANCOCK — After winning the Ashwaubenon Varsity Invite on Saturday, the Calumet Copper Kings had no plans of slowing down on the volleyball court.

That was evident on Tuesday night as they made quick work in sweeping the Hancock Bulldogs by scores of 25-3, 25-10 and 25-13.

“We had five games over the weekend, and to see these girls come out and continue to work hard was quite impressive,” said Calumet’s head coach Kate Bonacorsi.

The Copper Kings wasted no time in making it clear they were in control of the first set. Senior Lizzie Torola had an impressive run of 20 serves to open.

Torola went on to lead the team with nine aces on the night and kept the Bulldogs wondering what kind of ball was coming over the net every few minutes.

“We came out timid in our own gym,” said Hancock’s head coach Heather L’Esperance. “There was no communication early on in the game.”

The second set looked a lot like the first with the Copper Kings jumping out to an early lead making it a16-8 lead midway through the set.

With heavy hitters such as Helen Beiring and Ila Goulette, the Bulldogs spent much of the night on defense. Beiring led the Copper Kings with 21 kills on the night. Goulette had nine. When the Bulldogs were able to set up an attack, it wasn’t enough to get past the quick feet of the Calumet squad.

The third set was Hancock’s best. They won the opening volley and stayed tied with the Copper Kings at four, five, six and 11 points. Then Halonen stepped up to the line for the Copper Kings and put together a service run of six to make it 19-12. She had eight aces on the night.

A seven-point lead turned into a 12-point win for the Copper Kings at 25-13.

For the Bulldogs Kaisa Salani led the team with eight kills. Kami Klein had six. Bella Hebert had four aces on the night.

“In the third set, we did keep with them,” L’Esperance said. “Our passing was better. They have some heavy hitters, but we need to be ready to keep our defense and move our feet.”

The Bulldogs host Dollar Bay-Tamarack City at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Calumet hosts Lake Linden-Hubbell at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Jets beat Blue Bolts

Jeffers took down Dollar Bay-Tamarack City 3-1 on Tuesday.

The Jets won by scores of 25-14, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-21.

Jeffers visits Chassell today. Dollar Bay-Tamarack City visits Hancock on Friday.


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