HARRIS - This was not the same Superior Central team that reached the quarterfinals of the Articatz volleyball Invitational on Saturday, but it made little difference to the Bark River-Harris Broncos.
The Broncos took advantage of early errors by the Cougars and took victories in the first two sets en route to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16) Central U.P. Conference victory Tuesday evening.
The Cougars came out aggressive from the start but their aim was off as at least half a dozen balls went out of bounds helping the Broncos to two service runs of 6-0 by Kortney Jenshak and Mariah St. John.
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Megan Derusha of Bark River Harris challenges Superior Central’s Kelsey Coleman during the third set, Tuesday at Bark River-Harris.
BR-H then got off to red-hot 9-0 start in the second set with Sarah Madalinski reeling off the serves, some of which were just too hot to handle.
The Broncos later led 15-5 and 23-14, but the Cougars didn't roll over. Teslyn Tyner reeled off a 6-0 service run to pull her team within 23-19 before BR-H nailed the final two points.
The momentum, however, was now in the Cougars' court.
Superior Central - Ally Bray (3 kills, 2 aces); Mikayla Barrows (5 kills, 6 digs); Kyla Johns (3 aces); Teslyn Tyner (5 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs); Vanessa Freberg (4 kills, 8 digs); Kelsey Coleman (11 kills, 2 aces, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 8 digs); Lindsey Richmond (3 aces, 6 digs 30 assists)
Bark River-Harris - Kylie VanBrocklin (1 block, 2 assists); Megan Derusha (3 blocks, 4 kills, 8 assists); Kortney Jenshak (2 assists); Mariah St. John (4 assists, 2 kills, 2 blocks); Aleesa Madalinski (1 ace, 4 blocks); Sarah Madalinski (2 aces, 2 kills, 1 block, 3 assists).
"My girls can be 10 points down and it doesn't phase them. We know we can do it and we can come back," said Superior Central coach Kris Bray. "I told them one point at a time and they came back. If we had started that run a little earlier we might have gotten them in that second set, but we had too many unforced errors."
Superior Central jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the third set and later on led 16-7 en route to rolling to the win.
"We made a few more errors on our side in that third match and they were able to start coming back," said Broncos coach John Jorasz. "I had a feeling the third set would be tough, but I didn't think it would be that tough. I might have been a little lax in that set with the rotation, but all my girls are capable of playing."
The Broncos were able to correct most of their mistakes in the third set and came out in control from start to finish in the fourth set.
"We definitely got on top of their errors tonight," said Jorasz. "We took advantage of every error they made in those first two sets."
Kelsey Coleman led the Cougars on offense with 11 kills while Mikayla Barrows and Teslyn Tyner each had five. Barrows, among the smallest girls on the court, was impressive at netfront, delivering hard spikes throughout.
"Mikayla is a little inconsistent, but when she hits it, look out," said Bray. "She usually doesn't hit them sharply down like she did tonight. They're usually out to the middle of the court.
"All my girls are capable of hitting well, they're just never all hot at the same time. If they were, we'd be unbeatable."
The Broncos were led by senior Megan Derusha, who had four kills, along with three blocks and eight assists.
Superior Central visits Big Bay de Noc Monday while Bark River-Harris visits Mid Peninsula Thursday.