Calumet stops Houghton at NMU volleyball invite

MARQUETTE – Calumet and Houghton took their Copper Country volleyball grudge match to the Northern Michigan University Invitational Saturday, and the Copper Kings came away victors for the second and third time this season.

Calumet defeated Houghton 2-0 (25-20, 25-19) in the final after also beating the Gremlins 2-0 (26-24, 25-20) in afternoon power pool play.

The Kings cruised past Dollar Bay and Superior Central in the morning matches to get to the power pool, defeating Houghton and Marquette to book a spot in the semifinals. Calumet routed Rapid River before seeing Houghton again in the final.

For the day, Loretta Anderson was Calumet’s kill leader with 24, but the spoils were spread fairly evenly. Lexie Rowe notched 23, Pam Torola and Carissa Pavolich had 19 apiece and Alisa Storm had 18.

Megan Yeo had a team-best 59 digs, while Rowe added 40. Terilynne Budreau had 99 assists and a team-best nine aces.

Houghton got 36 kills in 12 sets from Elisa Jurmu, who also had 41 digs. Sydney Dillinger was strong in the front and back rows, with a team-high 56 digs, plus 22 kills and 15 blocks. Ashlyn Kero added 15 kills and 43 digs, while Kenna Farrey (42) and Lexi Pyykkonen (27) split the Houghton assists.

The Gremlins defeated Hancock 2-0 (25-18, 25-15) in the semifinals after taking down Newberry and Escanaba in the morning and Marquette in the afternoon.

Hancock, playing without key contributors Amanda Manninen and Allie Berryman, still nabbed the third seed in the semifinals.

Shannon Anderson had 21 kills and Taylor Mattson 19 for the Bulldogs. Sophomore Emily Anderson added 16 kills and five blocks. Nicole Anderson had 62 assists and Jennifer Hannon had 39 digs in the tournament.

Dollar Bay landed in the silver bracket, where it fell to Newberry in the quarterfinals.