Flivvers’ serving throttles Gladstone

Adam Niemi | Iron Mountain Daily News Gladstone’s Megan Crow goes up for a block against Kingsford’s Aby Pickett on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Kingsford, Mich.

KINGSFORD – Kingsford’s serving anchored a 3-0 sweep over Gladstone in Great Northern Conference action Thursday.

The Flivvers made just four serving errors on the night in the sweep.

“It was pretty sweet. I did not expect the night to go like this,” Kingsford head coach Jaclynn Kreider said. “Obviously I was believing and hoping that we would show up tonight and we could give them a good battle and come out on top. But I did not expect us to be able to win in three.”

Kingsford won the matches 25-14, 25-15 and 25-21.

Kingsford served 96 percent throughout the night with eight aces. Maggie Strehlow led the Flivvers with five aces of her own.

“I thought we limited our errors in serving. We’ve talked about that,” Kreider said. “We’ve had 10 to 12 errors in our last three matches in serving. It’s something where we can’t be having those errors but we still have to be aggressive. Tonight we were able to serve aggressive and had some aces. We really put them on their heels, which gave us a lot of opportunities to put them out of their offense.”

Kingsford’s strong serving performance stifled Gladstone’s momentum.

“Kingsford is really on fire,” Gladstone head coach Bill Lawrence said. “They covered the floor really well. We struggled for a while keeping the ball in.”

The Flivvers’ defense accounted for 29 kills, with seven apiece from Strehlow and Olivia Allen. Aby Pickett had a pair of blocks.

“We struggled with our receive for a little while,” Lawrence said. “I tried a lot of things in practice this week. I probably messed up the girls’ heads by working on a different set of rotations. The loss is always the coach’s. My girls played well, they just couldn’t play up to their typical level.”