By Justin Marietti
PERKINS - The last time the Mid Peninsula Wolverines took to the court, they walked away with perhaps their most impressive win of the season, and left them floating on cloud nine. Tuesday night, the North Dickinson Nordics came to town to bring the Wolverines back down to earth, beating them 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 9-25, 13-25).
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Krysta VanDamme of Mid Peninsula lifts the ball over the net during the Wolverines match against North?Dickinson, Tuesday.
What felt like it would be a highly contested matchup was just that for the first two sets. In set one, there were 10 ties throughout the match, and the largest lead Mid Pen allowed was just four points. However, The Nordics held on to their lead and took the win 25-22.
The second game was almost identical, only the tables were turned this time, with Mid Pen holding onto just a slight lead for the majority of the contest. There were nine ties in that set, and the Wolverines matched the score to set one, winning 25-22.
When North Dickinson came out in the third set, it looked like they were tired of playing cat and mouse. They absolutely ran away with that set, winning 25-9 and leaving Mid Pen wondering what just happened.
MID PENINSULA - Nummilien (2 kills, 21 digs); Shope (2 aces, 1 block); Hadel (12 digs); Branstrom (2 kills, 1 dig); Carlson (5 digs); Westlund (7 aces, 1 kill, 8 digs); Kayser (1 kill, 10 digs); Lancour (3 aces, 3 kills, 4 digs); VanDamme (1 ace, 4 kills, 1 block, 22 digs).
NORTH DICKINSON - L. Steele (3 aces, 7 kills); Cary (3 aces, 6 kills); Stroud (9 aces, 3 kills); Jacobson (8 aces, 23 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks); Rotter (1 ace, 29 assists); Jauquet (4 aces, 3 kills).
The fourth and final set appeared to be merely a continuation of the previous match, with every ounce of the momentum in North Dickinson's favor. They dispatched the Wolverines 25-13 in that set to seal the victory.
The Wolverines began their evening looking very strong, but toward the latter half of the contest, they just didn't appear to be themselves.
"They were a little flat," said Mid Pen coach Traci Lyle. "Talking was really down tonight. They just got down on themselves pretty fast, and then it just kind of spiraled from there."
When North Dickinson coach Sandy Haustein heard about Mid Pen's victory over Rapid River last week, she knew it wasn't going to be an easy night.
"I told the girls before the game, you'd better be ready to play them," she said. "I give the coach a lot of credit. Mid Pen surprised me a little bit."
Haustein added that after her team experienced a bit of inconsistency early in their season, she believes they are getting the kinks worked out just fine.
"I thought they were playing pretty well. They played consistent. We've been practicing hitting and covering on the block, and I think they did really well on that."
North Dickinson's Jayvees also came away with a win, sweeping the Wolverines 25-12, 25-12.
Mid Pen resumes Thursday when they host Bark River-Harris.