Rockets spike Norway

Volleyball roundup

NORWAY — The Rapid River volleyball team got a big win Tuesday night as it beat Norway 3-1.

The Rockets bounced back to get the win falling to Stephenson 3-0 Monday.

“They played great,” said Rapid River coach Kristy Kerstner. “They finally played as a team. They kept up their energy and their communication.”

Rapid River started off the match with a close 25-23 first set win led by aces from Jenna Rubick, Brittany Schwartz (2) and Emily Thibault. The Knights had six aces of their own along with seven errors.

Norway took the second set 25-20 to draw even with the Rockets at one set apiece. The Rockets committed seven errors in the second set.

Rapid River responded well and came back to squeeze out a 28-26 victory in the third set led by aces from Rubick and Alexis Trombley.

“Obviously it was important to get a victory like that in the third set to put us in position to win the fourth set,” Kerstner said. “We were down at some points in the set but they never gave up and they kept pushing.”

The Rockets wrapped up the match by taking the fourth set 25-20 with aces from Schwartz, Thibault and Trombley.

Rubick led Rapid River with 16 assists and six kills while Shelby LaCosse had 14 digs and five kills for the Rockets.

The Rockets will host Carney-Nadeau Thursday.

The summary:

Rapid River — Rubick (6 kills, 2 blocks, 16 assists, 2 digs, 2 aces), Schwartz (3 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces), Trombley (9 kills, 1 block, 5 digs, 4 aces), LaCosse (5 kills, 1 assist, 14 digs), Thibault (4 kills, 1 block, 2 aces), Berg (4 digs), Pearson (1 kill).

Munising 3, Big Bay 0

GARDEN CORNERS — Munising used its experience Tuesday to sweep the Big Bay de Noc volleyball team 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-16).

Munising finished with 12 kills and the Black Bears were right behind with nine kills. But Big Bay coach Angie Paulson said he team had some flaws on defense.

“What really hurt us was the defensive end of things,” Paulson said. “They had some good serving streaks, four-five in a row. Overall, I told the girls we may have lost, but where we are now from where we were, we had some good volleys.”

Leading the Black Bears were Rylie Lawrence (two kills, four assists), Holli Stapleton (four kills, one dig), Meagan Yonker (one kill, two digs, four assists) and Emma Fiegel (two aces).

Big Bay (0-4) will host Hannahville tonight.

“I still have a real young team,” Paulson added. “We are hoping to peak at the right time this season.”

Carney-Nadeau 3, Bark River-Harris 0

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau Wolves continued to roll Tuesday night, sweeping past the Bark River-Harris Broncos 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-12).

Carney’s Sara Sivula recorded 15 kills. Breanne Bedgood hit nine aces to go with four kills and 15 digs. Sarah Jackson added 14 digs and Talisha McCullough had 15 assists.

“I thought the kids did a real good job,” said coach Steve Kedsch. “Our goal was to keep control of the match and for about 90 percent of it, we did. We improved on serve receives tonight. I thought we did a better job getting the ball to our setters and we’re trying to clean up our unforced errors on offense. We definitely made some strides in the last couple matches.

Carney, which also won the jayvee match (25-17, 26-24) visits Rapid River Thursday.

The summary:

Carney-Nadeau — Bedgood (nine aces, four kills, 15 digs); Blahnik-Thoune (five aces, five assists, six digs); Belec (three aces, two kills, three digs); Jackson (two aces, three kills, 14 digs); Sivula (15 kills, four digs); McCullough (15 assists, six digs); Harris (six digs).

Superior Central 3, North Central 2

EBEN — The Superior Central Cougars got untracked in the fourth set Tuesday night as they rallied past the North Central Jets 3-2 (17-25, 25-13, 16-25, 25-19, 15-11).

“It was pretty competitive,” said Cougars’ coack Kris Bray. “In the second game, we beat them quite handily, but we had quite a few unforced errors (in the first and third sets). The girls were hitting the ball quite hard. Once they realized they could do that, their confidence went up. We had lost to Forest Park Thursday night, although we played pretty well. They needed this win to get their confidence back.”

Superior Central’s Taylor Silta collected 15 service points, including six aces, and 28 assists. Sydney Emard added 12 points and three aces. Emma Rondeau had 14 kills and three blocks and Mollie Lancour recorded nine kills and two blocks.

Superior Central, which also won the jayvee match (25-13, 23-25, 15-8), hosts Bark River-Harris Thursday.

The summary:

Superior Central — Silta (15 points, six aces, 28 assists); Emard (12 points, three aces, six kills, two blocks, one assist); Rondeau (eight points, three aces, 14 kills, three blocks, one assist); Lancour (five points, one ace, nine kills, two blocks).