Silver Bay’s Jordanne Steward collected 12 kills and served up five aces in the Mariners’ 25-16, 25-18, 25-14 win Tuesday, Aug. 27, in their home opener, but it wasn’t easy for the junior outside hitter.
Silver Bay coach Alicia Nopola said both teams were a little “sloppy” in the early going but that was to be expected in the season opener for both teams.
“I didn’t think either team really got into a good rhythm,” Nopola said. “But the girls were energetic, they stuck together, they worked hard and they put on a good show for the home crowd. As a coach, you always see the things you want them to work on, but they did well.”
Steward, in particular, had a slow start, missing on her first several hits of the game.
“There were hitting errors on the first set especially,” Nopola said. “Maybe four hits in a row for Jordanne went out, but once she hits a rhythm, she’s on and she’ll just be the heavy hand that we’ll go to all season.”
Nopola said the entire team struggled early, firing a combined 13 serves out of bounds in the match. Like Steward though, the team found its footing and also served up 17 aces as a team.
Senior Lily Lewis ended up with eight ace serves for the game and collected nine digs on defense to lead the Mariners in both categories.
In addition to Lewis, Corrina Marolt had 21 set assists and four ace serves to help key the victory.
The Mariners (1-0) will need to clean up the mistakes that caused problems early against McGregor quickly. Silver Bay has a game Friday, Aug. 30, at Cook County and a home game against Floodwood Tuesday, Sept. 5, before heading to Carlton to face the defending Section 7A champions. The Bulldogs return all six starters from their 2018 state tournament team.