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Escanaba's Bailey Barron hits a shot as Menominee's Joey Van Beek (3) prepares to return it during Thursday's match in Menominee.

MENOMINEE — The lack of varsity experience caught up to the Menominee volleyball team on Thursday when it went up against a talented Escanaba squad, and the Eskymos made their presence known by winning the match in three straight games.

“Right now we’re building a team and we really need someone to step up and take control,” Menominee coach Sara Betzinger said. “Once that happens, we’ll start to see it come around because we’re not quite a team yet. We have a very young team that is still trying to figure out varsity-level play, but even after the first week there has been so much improvement that it makes me excited to see where we’re at towards the end of the season.”

Esky took control early on in Game 1 and never let up, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-15 and capping it off with a 25-7 victory in the third and final game.

“This was our first game and we really got to see what kind of a team we have,” Esky coach Adam Lambert said. “Sometimes in practice, you just see six athletes on the floor and not so much of a team, but tonight I saw a team come out.”

After winning the first game, Escanaba jumped out to a 12-1 lead in Game 2 thanks to four kills from Nicole Kamin and a few aces from the server. Menominee tried to claw its way back in, but the closest the Maroons would get is 22-14 as another kill from Kamin and a mis-hit from Menominee ended the second game.

In Game 3, it was all Esky the whole way as the Eskymos again got out to a big lead (16-5) and Menominee would only score two more points as Anna Smith ended the match with an ace.

The Maroons (0-3) will be back on their home court on Tuesday.

“I’ve seen a lot of good things from us so far, and I told the girls we just need to focus on the good, move along and get ready to play our next game,” Betzinger said.