Two in a row for surging Manistee spikers

 

Manistee senior Emilee Kott (2) keeps it alive as junior teammate Hayleigh Codden (5) looks on, in the Chippewas’ 3-set sweep of Mason County Eastern on Thursday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Manistee senior Emilee Kott (2) keeps it alive as junior teammate Hayleigh Codden (5) looks on, in the Chippewas’ 3-set sweep of Mason County Eastern on Thursday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

CUSTER — After a 1-5 start, Manistee has now won two games in a row. The Chippewas won easily on Thursday against Mason County Eastern to improve to 3-5.

The team was able to come out and put the Cardinals behind early by winning the first set 25-12, and then continued this throughout the night in the final two sets by winning 25-18 and 25-13.

Emilee Kott covered the entire court today with 6 aces, 2 kills and 9 assists. Emma Burns led the Chippewa front line with 8 kills and 1 assist.

In all, Manistee served up a total of 13 aces against the Cardinals.

The lopsided victory comes as a drastic improvement in comparison to where the team was only two weeks earlier, when the Chippewas were losing games by double digits at the Mason County Central Invitational.

“We’re doing a lot better. I think our communication is better, and we are doing better talking,” Kott said.

Head coach Lacey Hudson is impressed with her team’s improvement compared to a few weeks ago and even more so compared to where they were one season ago.

“(Last year) we would have been competitive with them, so I’ve definitely seen the improvement,” Hudson said. “We’ve been working a lot with free balls and we were able to have some really good kills. Last year it would have been ‘popcorn’ free-ball back and forth. It’s been great to have a good front row and get some awesome kills.”

After gaining the early lead Hudson was able to play around with her lineups by getting all of her players in and trying some of the girls in new positions that they may not have played in before.

She was also able to get her newest player, Eduarda Alveranga, in the game. Alveranga is a foreign exchange student who started at Manistee this week.

“I did a little research beforehand and I had three lineups made up where every single girl would start a varsity volleyball game. It was nice to get everyone off my bench into the game. I even got our foreign exchange player in, and she was able to play a couple of points,” Hudson said.

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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