Youth is served for Mid Pen spikers
RAPID RIVER — Mid Peninsula’s young volleyball team did not let a poor stretch of errors deter the Wolverines from victory.
Competing this season with a team of only seven players and no seniors on the roster, Mid Peninsula beat Rapid River in four sets here Thursday night, 25-18, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21.
Following a first set win, the Wolverines had two game points to go ahead 2-0 in the match, but could not convert a 24-23 lead and lost 26-24 in the second set.
“Too many serving errors and too many service receiving errors to my liking,” said Mid Peninsula coach Emily Kayser.
“After the second set, we got back to playing aggressive, and we want to play a fast-paced game, and we did that.”
Both teams have wins over Big Bay in early season matches, and Rapid River (1-1) did not get off to a good start at home against the Wolverines.
The teams split the first two sets and the back and forth scoring continued in the third and fourth sets.
Rapid River battled back in the second set, but did not have the overall team performance from the beginning of the match.
“We needed to have the fight from the beginning and didn’t tonight.” said Rockets’ coach Kristy Kerstner.
“We like to come back for whatever reason but we couldn’t hold the fight. We had way too many serving errors.”
The third set win 25-21 for the Wolverines put the match back in their control and was keyed by four kills from junior hitter Kennedy Englund.
The Wolverines took advantage of poor receiving by the Rockets and Mid Pen had 15 aces in the match.
Junior Dawn Hedberg led the way with four service aces and Englund had three, with Camryn Croasdell and sophomore Daisy Englund serving two aces each.
Rapid River also totaled 15 service aces led by senior Cassidy Berg’s six aces.
Addie Christoff, Ellie Moberg and Jenna Rubick had two aces each for the Rockets.
Englund led the winners with 14 kills and many of them were momentum changers for the young Wolverines, now 2-3 on the season.
“We have really good team chemistry with these girls,” said Kayser.
“Once we got to playing as a team, we were good to go. One play at a time, one pass at a time.”
Rapid River Stat Leaders:
Kills: Emily Thibault 8, Kristin Goodacre 8, Ellie Moberg 7
Blocks: Jenna Rubick 1, Thibault 1, Gabby Moss 1, Moberg 1
Digs: Addie Christoff 15, Cassidy Berg 13, Goodacre 10
Assists: Rubick 25, Berg 3
Aces: berg 6, Christoff, Moberg, Rubick 2 each
Mid Penisula Stat Leaders:
Kills: Kennedy Englund 14
Blocks: Englund 2
Digs: Camryn Croasdell 23, Englund 19, Elli Paulsen 13
Assists: Daisy Englund 12