Broncos topple Jets to move to 3-0

Justin St. Ours | Daily Press Bark River-Harris’ Selena Britton serves the ball against North Central Thursday at Bark River.

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris volleyball team continued its winning streak here Thursday as it overpowered the North Central Jets 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-9) in Skyline Central Conference action.

The Broncos (3-0) started the first set trailing by four, but a 10-point service run by Abbie Flagstadt, who finished with four aces, gave them a 12-7 lead. Bark River outscored the Jets 13-9 to finish the set.

“We were without our middle hitter tonight, so we had to do some shifting around,” Broncos’ coach Jen Ives said. “That was a little bit hard for the girls to find their flow and get in the groove. I think their game showed what they are capable of, it just took a little bit of time for us to get there.”

The Broncos kept their momentum in the second, leading the entire set. North Central (0-3) pulled within one four different times but was unable to capitalize. During the last moments, the Jets reduced their deficit to 21-19, but the Broncos called a timeout to reset. They came back out and scored the next four points to earn the set.

By the third set, the Broncos settled in and finished it with a seven-point service run by Makena Lockwood, who notched six aces and nine kills.

“Makena as our senior leader has really stepped up,” Ives said. “She really works with the girls and she really keeps the team’s energy up. We can really count on her when we need it.”

Jets’ coach Rick Mick focused on his team’s improvement.

“What I saw was improvement,” Mick said.

“One of the things that Forest Park did against us that killed us was tips. Our tip defense was not good against them. We worked on that yesterday, and we worked on serving.

“I’m confident our serving was better tonight, and I know our tip defense was better tonight.”

Bark River’s Tressa Ives finished with five kills and Alaska Peterson collected three aces.

North Central’s Andie Arsenault finished with four aces.

“I’m very proud of the fight in these girls,” Mick said. “They tried hard and they didn’t give up easy. As far as we’re concerned, what I’m really happy with is the improvement. We were better against Forest Park than we were against Carney, and we were better tonight than we were against Forest Park. We hope that trend continues.”

Bark River, which also won the jayvee match, travels to Westwood Monday while North Central visits Superior Central Tuesday.