FELCH - North Dickinson's Chelsey Stroud opened Tuesday night's Skyline Conference volleyball match against Bark River-Harris with an ace.
It would be a sign of things to come in the Nordics 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-23) Senior Night victory.
Led by Gina Rotter's six aces and Stroud's five, North Dickinson threw down 15 total and used its dominate serving along with a sturdy defense to keep the Broncos offense from settling into any sort of rhythm.
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Bark River Harris’ Haley Clement tips the ball over the net as North Dickinson’s Lexi Steele goes up for the block Tuesday night. The Nordics won 3-0.
"It was a great team effort tonight," Nordics coach Sandy Haustein said. "Everyone played really well. The serving was really good compared to our last few matches."
Bark River-Harris, losing front-row starter Megan Derusha to injury during warm-ups, struggled to compensate for the loss.
"The rest of the team had to step it up, and we were doing a decent job," Broncos coach John Jorasz said. "It just wasn't quite enough."
Middle hitter Miranda Jacobson led North Dickinson with eight kills, with senior Marissa Jauquet adding six more. Stroud had five kills, and Kimberly Cary added four more.
"I thought our libero had a really good game covering and passing the ball so we could run some offense," Haustein noted.
The Nordics used to lengthy runs to pull away in the first two sets. Set one was 10-9 Nordics before an 11-2 differential in which Nordic attack points about equaled those received due to Broncos unforced errors.
North Dickinson led 11-10 in the second set before streaking to an 8-0 run, fueled by the serving of Rotter.
"We were struggling (with the serve receive)," Jorasz said. "They had some good serves, but we were just down all night on our side. It was hard to get them pumped up."
The Broncos transitioned to a tipping offense as the match progressed. The style helped them to keep pace for the duration of the third set.
Bark River-Harris grabbed its first lead of the match at 3-2 in the third set and was leading late thanks to a kill by Mariah St. John and two aces by Kortney Jenshak to trim a 17-15 deficit into a 18-17 lead.
Broncos, pushing for a fourth set, led 22-18. But a three-point swing by the Nordics turned the momentum. Jauquet found a hole for a kill ahead of a solid slam to the back row by Stroud and a Jauquet ace.
Another ace by Jauquet gave the Nordics their 24th point and a two-point edge. A hit out of bounds by the Broncos ended the match.
North Dickinson plays at Carney-Nadeau to conclude the regular season Thursday.