Kings, Gremlins compete with elites

CADILLAC – The Calumet volleyball team split four matches Wednesday in the Cadillac Invitational.

The Copper Kings went 2-1 in pool play, putting away Fife Lake Forest Area 25-9 and 25-14 and Roscommon 25-15, 25-17 but dropped a 25-23, 25-17 decision to Class A Lowell.

This put Calumet into the gold bracket, where it ran into Traverse City Central. The Trojans handed Calumet a 25-22, 25-18 defeat.

“It was a great experience for our team to play in this 16-team tournament represented by many schools in Class A and B. We were tied at 23 with Lowell in pool play but weren’t able to put it away, and they were in the championship match. There were many lessons to take away from this tournament. Now we need to get back in the gym and keep pushing,” Calumet coach Lisa Twardzik said.

Ellen Twardzik led Calumet with 26 kills and five blocks, while Lexie Rowe added 21 kills. Terilynne Budreau passed out 65 assists.

Defensively, Calumet was led by 30 digs from Megan Yeo, while Rowe had 29, Pam Torola 28 and Catherine Frantti 21.

The Copper Kings open WestPAC play Tuesday at West Iron County.

At Oshkosh, Wis., Houghton ended up 11th in a 16-team field at the “Khaos at the Kolf Klassic.”

Tuesday afternoon, Houghton played in four pool matches for seeding purposes, sweeping Princeton/Green Lake, defeating Weyauwega-Fremont and losing 2-0 to Racine St. Catherine and Brookfield East. A final pool match Wednesday morning led to a 2-0 win over Kenosha Indian Trails.

In the silver bracket, Houghton dropped back-to-back matches to Indian Trails and Hillsboro 2-0.

For the tournament, Elisa Jurmu had a team-best 39 kills, with Ashlyn Kero adding 17, Sydney Dillinger 14 and Emma Huhta 12. Kenna Farrey dished out 44 assists and Lexi Pyykkonen 26.

Both Jada Riutta (15) and Kero (11) reached double digits in aces, while Dillinger was the Gremlin dig leader with 48. Jurmu had 24 and Miranda Hillstrom pitched in 23 digs.

Houghton (7-6) has a week off until its first dual match, a non-league home match with Lake Linden-Hubbell Sept. 10.