IRON RIVER—West Iron’s volleyball team had to feel good about surviving a morning marathon of matches to finish in a tie for third place at the Great Eight Fall Classic, held here Sept. 7.
Forest Park (12-2) took first place, Florence (9-5) was second and West Iron and North Dickinson (8-6) tied for third. The Wykons split with all three of them.
They swept Iron Mountain (21-15, 21-18) and Niagara (21-17, 21-16), lost twice to Kingsford (14-21, 17-21) and split with everyone else (Florence, 13-21, 24-22; Forest Park, 21-17, 19-21; North Dickinson, 21-15, 13-21; and Norway, 21-14, 17-21).
Coach Brenda Grubbs said her team played its first five two-game matches without a break. The last was against Kingsford in the tiny Stambaugh El gym, which was hot; by then a few girls were feeling sick.
But after they finally got their break and recharged, they bounced back to beat Iron Mountain and split with Florence and Forest Park.
“The confidence and experience shows,” the coach said. “All in all, we’re happy with it.” She said Abbie Grubbs served plenty of aces, while Cassilyn Pellizzer made plenty of kills. “We’re really improving the back row and learning to play tighter as a unit.”
• In their only dual match for the entire first month of the season, the Wykons absorbed a 3-0 loss from Calumet Sept. 3. Scores were 25-20, 25-14, 25-15.
WIC battled hard in the first set and was 15-13 in the third before Calumet broke out.
Calumet was strong at the net and gave the Wykons’ back row a hard time. “Compared to last year, I’m very pleased with hanging with them,” the coach said. “Usually, we look like deer in the headlights.”
• The Wykons now enter an absurdly long break in their schedule. All practice and no matches for two weeks--until the Forest Park Invitational on Sept. 21. Their next dual match (just their second this season!) is home vs. Hancock on Sept. 24.