Huron League volleyball was back in action Wednesday night as Grosse-Ãle traveled to New Boston Huron.
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The Chiefs needed a fourth set of action, but it ended in a 3-1 win over island rivals (25-13, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15) .
Huron’s victory shattered a three-game mini-slide against Grosse-Ãle dating back to the 2019 season. It was only the Chiefs’ second victory in the last nine meetings with the Red Devils since the 2017 campaign.
Huron improved to 2-2 in the Huron League with Wednesday’s victory while Grosse-Ãle fell to 0-4.
The Chiefs took the win in the opening set, leading 10-4 at the start and ended it with a 10-3 push.
Much of that momentum continued into the early stages of the second set when they scored 10 of the first 12 points. Grosse Ile responded with a 10-5 streak, reducing the deficit to as little as three, but couldn’t overcome the big deficit.
The Devils responded and largely controlled the third set, ultimately extending the game for an extra set.
It was a close battle in the fourth set at the start, but just like the first set, Huron finished strong, scoring 10 of the last 13 points. The way the hosts ended the game delighted coach Jennifer Reaume after the win.
âI thought we were consistent with our driving tonight,â Reaume said. âOur daughters didn’t let anything touch the ground and were swinging aggressively. And the back row was moving a lot more than it has been lately.
“You never know what’s going to happen. It’s such a back-and-forth game. If you have a lead you have to keep it because if you leave the door open things can change very quickly.”
Grosse-Ãle coach Amanda Sammons was understandably frustrated from the start of the game. Although in a losing effort at the end of the day, she was encouraged by how her team didn’t give up two sets to none.
“We have to be better prepared mentally and physically for a game,” Sammons said. âWanting to win and working for a win are two completely different things. You can’t take the first two sets to warm up and expect to win.
âAt the bottom of two sets there, that told me a lot. One thing I love about this team is that they’ll never just lie down. But they have to believe in themselves more than they can.
Grosse-Ãle still has three games against conference opponents before the league tournament begins on October 11 and Sammons is looking to improve his attack on the home stretch.
âWhen we don’t have that punching power that works, we have to be smarter in certain situations,â Sammons said. “It’s knowing how our opponents defend us and making those smarter games that get us points like big kills do.”
As for Reaume, cohesion is what has marked her so far this season.
âThey work really well together as a team,â Reaume said. âThey get along very well on and off the ground. Offensively, I think we’re strong and that they trust each other, that’s the most important thing.
âWe need to develop this killer instinct and learn to end more of it. This has been one of our biggest problems, so it’s a good lesson for them. And they did, they performed when they needed it.
Kelsey Trombly led Huron with 11 kills and had four blocks. Olivia Messina had nine wins while rookie Ellen Town had eight. Messina and Town have each had double-digit digs, as have Miranda Jasinski and Allison Hollingshead.
Gabby Cumbo, meanwhile, assisted on 29 points for the Chiefs and scored 11 points, including seven on aces.
For Grosse Ile, Madison Rush led the way with eight kills. Emma Johnson had six kills while Chelsea Houghton had five. Maranda Ferguson also had three kills and assisted with 19 points.
Ferguson was one of five visiting players who also managed more than 10 shooting attempts. Ella Broduer led in this category with 20 digs and she also had a pair of aces.
Both teams will resume play on Monday, September 27 for the Championship matches. Huron will stay home to welcome Milan while Grosse Ile visits Monroe Jefferson. Both are in pencil to start at 7 p.m.