HARRIS - The Bark River-Harris Broncos had aspirations of clinching a first-place tie for the Central U.P. conference as they hosted a triangular meet against the North Central Jets and the Carney-Nadeau Wolves Monday night. But the Wolves had other ideas.
It was all Carney-Nadeau Monday, as it rallied back to beat BR-H 3-2 (14-25, 25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 16-14), and then swept the Jets 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-23).
The Broncos then faced off against North Central, coming away witha 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 25-15, 25-16) victory.
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Aleesa Madalinski of Bark River-Harris deals a back-hand tip to Carney-Nadeau during their match Tuesday at BR-H. The Wolves won in five sets.
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Paige Whitens of North Central attempts to spike the ball past Bark River-Harris’ Kylie VanBrocklin (2) and Mariah St. John (9) during their match Tuesday at Bark River-Harris.
Carney-Nadeau coach Steve Kedsch, was unable to be with his team so Tessa Dani took over the coaching responsibilities Monday night, and was pleased with the effort of the Wolves.
"They kept on coming back even though they (fell behind) almost every game," she said. "They finished games well, and our serving was good."
In the first game, the Broncos came out playing very well, speeding off to a 25-14 victory.
NORTH CENTRAL - Whitens (16 kills, 4 digs, 6 blocks, 11 aces); Wells (6 kills, 5 blocks, 4 digs, 4 aces); Faccio (3 digs, 14 assists, 6 aces); Buck (2 aces, 5 digs); Betters (3 aces).
BARK RIVER-HARRIS - Stenberg (6 aces); VanBrocklin (5 aces, 21 assists, 7 kills, 1 block); Peterson (6 assists, 3 kills, 1 block); Jenshak (3 kills, 1 block); Victorson (7 aces, 1 assist); Getzloff (7 aces, 3 kills, 1 assist, 1 block); St. John (5 aces, 3 kills); Derusha (4 aces, 10 kills, 1 block); S. Madalinski (4 aces, 10 kills, 1 block).
From then on, Carney appeared to play like a much different team. They earned a quick 9-2 lead over BR-H, and the second set was a complete flip-flop from the first. The Broncos chipped away at the lead, but by then the damage was done, and the Wolves took the set 25-15.
The third set was the most competitive, with 14 ties from start to finish. It was dead even at 23-23 when Carney came up with a little extra push and came away with the 25-23 win.
The fourth set was also close, but BR-H fought a little harder than the Wolves down the stretch, and were able to win it 25-21.
In the fifth and final set, it was tied up at 14-14, but a few costly errors by the Broncos helped the Wolves to a 16-14 win to seal the game 3-2.
"We are capable of doing a lot better than how we played," said Broncos coach John Jorasz. "The girls just didn't seem to be there on the floor, which seemed to affect how we played tremendously."
Heading straight into the next match against North Central, Carney did not play like they were worn down or ready to call it a night. They came right back to playing inspired volleyball, and their best performance came against the Jets.
North Central held a 17-9 lead in the first set, and it appeared to be all but over. However, the will of the Wolves would not be denied. Before the Jets could blink, they clung to a feeble 23-22 lead. Carney continued their rally, taking the set 26-24.
The second set ended 25-18 in favor of Carney, but the final score was deceiving. The Jets rallied near the end, but the Wolves' had a comfortable lead and won without much cause for concern.
North Central rolled to a 16-9 lead in the third set, but Carney's first set magic returned. All of a sudden, the game was tied 17-17. It was an all-out battle from there to the end, featuring five more ties until Carney finally edged the Jets and won 25-23.
"(My girls) played very tough against Carney," said Jets coach. "They controlled almost the entire night with Carney, they just had a problem finishing their games. They're a young team, they've just got to want it. They've got to quit letting teams take their games."
In the final game of the night, the Broncos took on the Jets. North Central held a 21-9 lead in the first set, but only ended up winning the set 25-19.
BR-H turned it around and marched to victory after that, posting 25-14, 25-15, and 25-16 wins to take the game 3-1.
"We were able to find some motivation (coming into the North Central game), and we were able to clear up everything that was affecting the girls on the floor," Jorasz said.
The jayvee teams played a triangular meet at Carney-Nadeau, but results were not available.
North Central resumes Thursday when they host North Dickinson. The Broncos are idle until they head to North Dickinson Tuesday. Carney resumes Saturday when head to Stephenson.