BRH sweeps Cougars
HARRIS — All 15 Bark River-Harris volleyball players got a piece of the action here Thursday night as they posted a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19) triumph over the Superior Central Cougars.
“We were able to get all of the girls some playing time and I feel good about that,” said BR-H coach Jennifer Ives. “Everybody also did real well tonight.”
The Cougars tied the third set of the Skyline Central Conference match at 10 on a service ace by senior Stella Charlebois.
BR-H scored the next three points for a 13-10 lead, then committed a hitting error to make it 13-11.
The Cougars were still within 15-13 before a defensive error gave the Broncos a sideout and 16-13 lead.
Junior Tressa Ives then hit four straight service points, including an ace, giving the Broncos a 20-13 cushion.
The Cougars climbed within 22-19 on a net violation before the Broncos closed out the match.
“We made some improvements from Tuesday (in a 3-1 loss at North Central), and we’re happy about that,” said Cougars’ coach Kris Bray. “Our offense was going pretty well, but there were some defensive things they exploited. “They were hitting and attacking pretty well.”
BR-H trailed 7-6 in the second after a two-hit violation. A kill by senior libero Selena Britton put the Broncos ahead to stay at 8-7.
The Cougars were still within 14-10, then were foiled by three straight hitting errors for a 17-10 deficit.
Superior Central’s miscues also helped Tressa Ives start a six-point service run, which included a pair of aces and gave the Broncos an insurmountable 20-10 advantage.
The Broncos wasted little time taking the upper hand in the first set as they gained a 14-5 advantage on a Cougars’ hitting miscue.
Superior Central answered with a 4-0 run, trimming its deficit to 14-9 on a Broncos’ passing error.
The Cougars were within 16-12 following Rutter’s block on senior middle hitter Kassidy Roll.
An 8-3 run then gave the Broncos a 24-15 advantage.
Superior Central trimmed its deficit to 24-18 before BR-H junior outside hitter Alaska Peterson tipped the ball over the net for a kill and first-set win.
“Alaska played a stellar match,” said coach Ives. “She hit the ball real well, but our serving was a little off. Superior Central also has some real good hitters.”
Peterson finished with 10 kills and two blocks to go with four aces. Tressa Ives added five kills and three aces and Varoni collected 28 assists.
Rutter led the Cougars with seven kills and a block and Charlotte Charlebois tallied 13 assists.
“We told the girls it’s a process,” said Bray. “We just need to keep improving with every match.”
The Broncos, who also won the jayvee match (25-15, 25-10), are idle until Sept. 29 when they visit Norway. The Cougars host the Knights Tuesday.
Bark River-Harris — Peterson (four aces, 10 kills, two blocks); Ives (three aces, five kills); C. Varoni (two aces, 28 assists); Richer (six digs); Britton (four aces).
Superior Central — Moore (one ace, three kills, two blocks, one assist, four digs); Johnson (one ace, three kills, six digs); C. Charlebois (one ace, 13 assists, four digs); Rutter (seven kills, one block, three digs).