Wykons win two duals, go over .500
IRON RIVER—As the West Iron County Wykons head into the busiest portion of their volleyball schedule, they picked up a bit of momentum last week with a pair of sweeps.
West Iron began the week with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-17 triumph at Ishpeming on Oct. 15 and then knocked off Iron Mountain 25-18, 25-23, 25-23 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium on Oct. 17.
With the victories, the Wykons (6-4) improved to two games above the .500 mark in dual matches for the first time this season.
Against Iron Mountain, West Iron led nearly the whole way. In the first set, the Wykons held an 18-15 advantage before they scored seven of the last 10 points to take a one-set lead. McKenna Kegley started the run with a kill before Mya Grubbs added a kill and a push to give West Iron a leg up.
“I thought we came out strong and I liked the first set,” WIC coach Brenda Grubbs said. “I thought that was much more manageable. The second set, you try to give everyone playing time and do what you can. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t.”
West Iron took a quick 7-2 lead in the second set on kills by Kegley, Courtney Reitmeyer and Lexi Pellizzer. But just when it looked like the Wykons were going to pull away, the Mountaineers embarked on a 6-0 run helped by a tip and a kill on an overpass by sophomore Annslee Runsat.
The set remained tight from there. With the teams knotted at 23-all, the Wykons took the set on a hitting error and a lift by the Mountaineers.
The third set also went down the wire. Iron Mountain built a 23-20 lead as the Mountaineer cheering section came alive for the first time during the match. But that’s when West Iron’s one-two punch of Reitmeyer and Mya Grubbs came to the forefront. Grubbs knocked down a kill to pull her team within two before Reitmeyer recorded a kill and a tip to even things up at 23.
Grubbs found an opening down the line for a tip to push IM to the brink and Jordan Shamion finished the Mountaineers off with an ace.