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Unbeaten Knights clip BR-H

Burt Angeli | Iron Mountain Daily News Norway’s Katie Leiker (6) and Jaclyn Bal (1) go up to block Bark River-Harris’ Lilian Stenberg (7) in Tuesday’s Skyline Central Conference match.

NORWAY — Break up the Knights.

Norway, which started the season with no wins in two tournaments, swept Bark River-Harris 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-21) to remain unbeaten in Skyline Central Conference volleyball Tuesday.

The Knights (5-0), according to veteran coach Steve Andrews, are “somewhat healthy” after those early-season adventures.

“We were without our setter and had other injuries,” Andrews said. “They’re battling well, They’re a scrappy team. I like where we’re at now.”

Left-side slammer Haley Clifford punctured the Broncos’ defense for three kills late in the first set. The senior also ended the second set with a kill.

“When Haley Clifford is bringing the gas, she’s tough to stop,” Andrews said. “When it’s a good set, she puts them down.”

In the second set, BRH pulled ahead 21-20 after a Makenna Lockwood block and ace serve. Norway then capitalized on mistakes to take a 25-24 lead before Clifford brought out the howitzer.

Norway rallied from a six-point deficit in the third set, evening the score at 11 on a Katie Leiker kill. The set was deadlocked eight more times before a Danae Anderson block put the Knights ahead 21-20.

Leiker followed with a kill and Allie Sheski added two more to put away the set and match. Ada VanHolla did the serving when Norway reeled off six straight points for a 24-20 advantage.

“As their coach (Brooke Jorasz) said, ‘We hung with you for awhile,'” Andrews said. “Bark River has got a good team. When we’re hitting on all cylinders we’re just tough to beat.

“If we maintain a level of consistency, you’re going to have to play good volleyball to beat us whether it goes three or five (sets).”

Selena Britton had 12 good serves and 12 digs for the Broncos and Lilian Stenberg had 11 goodserves. Makenna Lockwood had nine digs. Stenberg had 19 hits and five kills), Lockwood 13 hits and three kills and Cameron Peterson 13 hits.

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