Northland Pines senior Elizabeth Gauthier sets the ball for a teammate against Mosinee.
Northland Pines senior Elizabeth Gauthier sets the ball for a teammate against Mosinee.
The battle to find a 2020 Great Northern Conference (GNC) volleyball champion continues this week. Unfortunately for the Northland Pines Eagles, they’ll be fighting uphill after a three-set loss on the road in Mosinee last Thursday.

The team battled the Indians twice in three days last week, first at home Tuesday on Pink Night where the Mosinee squad came in and swept coach Marcus Kral’s team, winning in sets of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-18.

“Tuesday night was a tough night, and we knew it was going to be tough,” said Kral. “The girls worked hard, and were able to make adjustments during the game. I thought they improved as the night went on, but we still came short.

“We are going to take what we learned from last night and adjust for tomorrow.”

Two days later, this time in Mosinee, the result was much the same as Mosinee was able to win their first round of the GNC tourney with a straight-sets win over Pines, winning 25-15, 25-11, 25-15.

As of Oct. 6 all teams had completed their regular season schedule in playing each team twice to determine a ranking of one through seven.

From there, teams one through four will play a round robin tourney with teams five through seven doing the same.

Mosinee has clinched at least a share of the GNC at 7-0. Antigo is 5-2 and would need two wins (vs Mosinee and Pines) and two Mosinee losses (vs Antigo and Medford) to gain a share.

Mosinee, the top seed, began with Pines, the four seed. The Indians controlled the game Thursday at the net where they outscored Pines 31 to 11 in the kills category, led by eight from Emily Wicklund and seven from Abbi Martin.

For Pines, Maleea Eggleston had the bulk of the offensive attempts with 23 attacks, converting on just four of them though. Madi Meisenburg added three kills to go along with three from McKenzie Parnewicz.

Though Pines didn’t have the same number of attempts, they limited the service errors with just four across all three sets. That compared to six four Mosinee.

Lily Bonrtrager led the way defensively with seven digs followed by six from Parnewicz and six from Elizabeth Gauthier.

Paris Croker added in three blocks on the evening while Gauthier led the way in the assists department for Pines with seven.

Play will continue again this week as will host Medford, Oct. 13. Game time there is set for 7 p.m. at the Northland Pines Fieldhouse.