Northland Pines volleyball players No. 13 Emily McGee and No. 5 McKenzie Parnewicz attempt to block the kill attempt by Ashlyn Nedden of Antigo.
Northland Pines volleyball players No. 13 Emily McGee and No. 5 McKenzie Parnewicz attempt to block the kill attempt by Ashlyn Nedden of Antigo.
The Northland Pines volleyball team lost to Antigo 3-1 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) match at Eagle River last Thursday, but the Eagles bounced back to place second in the Ashland Invitational Saturday.

Against Antigo, the Eagles lost the opening game 22-25, but rebounded with a 25-22 victory in game two. The Red Robins won the match with 25-21 and 25-16 advantages in the final two games. 

Jacqueline Smith led the Eagles with 32 kills, followed by Cameron Ramesh with four and Taylor Olivotti with three. Lauren Grosskopf had 31 kill assists and Emily McGee had four. Smith had three service aces and McGee had one.

Defensively, Smith had four solo blocks, McKenzie Parnewicz  had one solo block and one assist and McGee  had one assist. Smith also contributed with 21 digs, followed by Ramesh with 17,   Grosskopf with 11 and Lily Bontrager with 10.

On Saturday, the Pines varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams competed in the Ashland Invitational, with the varsity placing second out of 11 teams and the Eagles junior varsity placing first out of 11 teams.

In the varsity event, Pines beat Wakefield, Mich., 25-23, 25-9 and 26-24, and then beat Phillips 25-19, 25-23 and 22-25. The Eagles advanced to the gold bracket and topped Ashland 25-22 and 25-17.

In the championship game, Pines faced Washburn and lost 12-25, 28-26 and 11-15.

At the junior varsity level, Pines beat Phillips 25-23, 25-23 and 25-19; Wakefield, Mich., 25-8, 25-9 and 25-11; Lakeland in the gold bracket 25-16 and 26-24; and Shell Lake in the championship 26-24, 20-25 and 15-13.

Eagles varsity, 0-2 in the GNC and 12-10 overall, were scheduled to play at Mosinee Tuesday of this week in a GNC match and will be in Rhinelander for the conference tournament Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Eagles will be at Wausau East for a nonconference game starting at 7 p.m.