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Broncos top Maroons

Justin St. Ours | Daily Press Bark River-Harris’ Cara Zawacki (13) spikes the ball against Menominee Wednesday at Bark River.

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris Broncos believe they’re starting to get back in the groove after missing three weeks of volleyball due to Covid-19.

BR-H won for the second time in as many nights here Wednesday, this time posting a 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-17) non-conference victory over the Menominee Maroons.

“We came out strong,” said BR-H coach Jennifer Ives. “The girls felt they were a little rusty last night (in Tuesday’s 3-0 triumph over North Dickinson) and wanted to pick up their game tonight. After being in quarantine for three weeks, the girls said it felt like it was their first meet. Overall, I thought the girls played solid.”

The third set was tied at 16 before the Broncos got a sideout and junior Tressa Ives served for six straight points, including three aces, for an insurmountable 23-16 lead.

“The girls came out timid,” said Menominee coach Sarah Betzinger. “They came out with confidence in the third set, and I like that. Only, you’ve got to start the match with that. We have a great group of girls. They’re a lot of fun, and they do work hard. They just need to work on moving and keeping the ball in front of them.”

BR-H was up 11-9 following a four-hit violation in the first set.

Junior Aspen Frederick’s block then provided the Broncos with a sideout, and senior Allison Richer followed with a six-point run for an 18-9 advantage.

Menominee shaved its deficit to 18-12 on a passing miscue. The Broncos, however, didn’t allow the Maroons to get any closer.

The Broncos wasted little time gaining the upper hand in the second. They led 11-5 after an ace by junior Alaska Peterson.

A BR-H hitting error enabled the Maroons to trim their deficit to 11-7.

Richer then served for four consecutive points after a sideout, pushing the Broncos’ lead to 16-7.

The Maroons came within 18-12 on a passing error but weren’t able to get closer.

“We have some lost time to make up for,” said coach Ives. “We definitely have some work to do, but at this point, the girls are looking forward to (Division 3) districts.”

Sophomore Carley Varoni collected five aces and 10 assists. Tressa Ives also hit five aces, and senior Kassidy Roll tallied seven kills and two blocks.

Junior Kayla Drifka recorded 14 assists, and classmate Jaelyn Van Beek added 11 for the Maroons, who host Westwood Oct. 22.

The Broncos, who also won the jayvee match (25-12, 25-19), host North Central Monday.

Bark River-Harris — Ives (five aces, three kills, two assists, five digs); C. Varoni (five aces, two kills, 10 assists); Richer (three aces, four digs); Peterson (one ace, two kills); Britton (one ace, one kill, five digs); Roll (seven kills, two blocks, two assists); Leboeuf (two kills); Berg (two kills); Zawacki (one kill); Fredrick (one block); Flagstadt (two digs).

Menominee — Wickstrom (one ace, one kill); Olson (one ace); Magrane (two kills); Drifka (14 assists); Van Beek (11 assists).

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