Chippewas fall in four sets in non-league match

Manistee’s Paris Reeser (right) bumps the ball as teammate Lauren Guenthardt (6) looks on, during the Chippewas’ 4-set loss to Muskegon in their non-conference volleyball match Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Paris Reeser (right) bumps the ball as teammate Lauren Guenthardt (6) looks on, during the Chippewas’ 4-set loss to Muskegon in their non-conference volleyball match Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee volleyball hosted Muskegon Thursday and fell in four sets, losing 17-25, 25-16, 19-25 and 14-25.

 After dropping the first set, Manistee (0-2) and Muskegon played a closely contested second frame. A pair of Paris Reeser aces late put the Chippewas up 23-16 and Anna Jankwietz secured the set with a tip over the net that Muskegon could not return.

Eleanor Scarlata led Manistee in aces with five. Logan Wayward had six kills while Lauren Guenthardt had 12 digs.

“We had a lot of good things,” Manistee head coach Laura Martz said. “Our communication was better. Back row hitting and front row hitting. We were getting a good amount of hits. We’re good at moving around the court when we’re communicating well and we do communicate well when we’re on. When we get a little frustrated we have a hard time communicating but when we’re good, we’re good.”

Manistee jumped out to an 8-3 advantage to start the third set before the Big Reds went on a 17-5 run to take a healthy lead. From there, Muskegon never looked back.

“When we’re on, we’re on, which is good, but we hit that little frustration point and we tend to shut down,” Martz said. “With that whole new rotation they were just not used to they hit that frustration point.”

Muskegon started the fourth set by scoring eight unanswered points. The Chippewas were able to pull within four but the Big Reds pulled away to take the win.

“I think we did really good considering our circumstances,” Wayward said. “We really pulled it together and pulled it off even though we didn’t pull off the win.”

Some last-minute changes to the lineup took the Chippewas out of their comfort zone and their performance suffered as a result, said Martz.

“Our setter is out for the week,” Martz said. “She had a previous obligation so we had to rework our entire rotation (Wednesday). So we had two backup setters who have kind of previously set in the past step up. They took on a big role of setting this game. Our setter is going to be out for Saturday’s tournament, too, so they will be setting on Saturday, too.

 “They had to step up a lot for us and kind of go into that role which changed our entire rotation, as well,” Martz said. “Going from one setter with five other players on the court to two setters took them out of everything that was comfortable and totally shifted everything. And only having one day for them to do that was a big change for them.”

Manistee next sees action with a tournament in Pine River Saturday at 9 a.m.

“We’re working towards having a really good season,” Martz said. “We’re just trying to get that rotation in full effect so we can power through.”

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