Wolves down Rockets
RAPID RIVER — A few lengthy service runs helped jump-start Carney-Nadeau’s offense here Thursday night in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-17) volleyball triumph over the Rapid River Rockets.
Senior Malorie Baumler hit six straight points, helping the Wolves gain a 10-3 advantage in the opener.
Classmate Mary Sivula hit six points in a row for a 7-0 lead in the second before adding a five-point run later in that set.
Sophomore setter Samantha Kedsch then served for five consecutive points in the finale.
“Mal had a nice service run,” said C-N coach Steve Kedsch. “That set the tone in the first set. We also had a couple more nice runs, and I thought we did a pretty good job on serve receives. We’re working on a balanced attack. We’re getting away from going outside because we were wearing out our outside hitters.”
Rapid River, behind a six-point run by senior Gracie Stemick, climbed within 13-11 in the second set.
C-N responded with four straight points, gaining a 17-11 cushion on a Rockets’ hitting error.
“We had moments of greatness,” said Rockets’ coach Kristy Kerstner. “At times, we also got a little chaotic. We did pretty good for a while, but they had some hard servers, and we had trouble with serve receives.”
A sideout brought the Rockets within 17-12 before the Wolves broke away to take that set.
Rapid River led 5-3 in the third prior to C-N getting a side out and surging to a 9-5 lead behind Samantha Kedsch’s five-point run.
The Rockets were still within 12-9 following a C-N miscue before the Wolves surged to a 17-9 advantage on an ace by Sivula.
Rapid River got within 21-16, but the Wolves then sealed the deal on an ace by junior Olivia Accord.
The Wolves gained an 11-5 lead on a Rockets’ service miscue in the first.
Rapid River answered with a 6-3 run, shaving its deficit to 14-11 on an ace by junior Creighton Smith.
C-N then pushed its lead to 18-11 on a kill by Baumler.
The Rockets were within 19-14 following a C-N service miscue before the Wolves took advantage of passing prior to closing out that set.
C-N senior Mackenzie Walcher collected 11 kills, including two during the closing run of the opener, and 16 digs. Baumler added six kills and 10 digs. DeGrave also had six kills, and Samantha Kedsch tallied 28 assists.
“Mackenzie played nice and calm tonight,” said coach Kedsch. “She was very much under control, and Mariska (Laurila) is becoming a force at the net.”
Rapid River senior Gabby Moss was forced out of the match due to a knee injury in the first set.
“Addie (Christoff) did a fabulous job tonight,” said Kerstner. “She moved around the floor real good. Unfortunately, Gabby had to sit out, and that hurt us.”
The Rockets, who won the jayvee match (25-12, 25-19), travel to Munising Tuesday. The Wolves resume in Saturday’s Forest Park Invitational.
Carney-Nadeau — Accord (five aces, eight digs); Sivula (four aces, three kills, five digs); Kedsch (three aces, 28 assists); Walcher (11 kills, 16 digs); Baumler (six kills, 10 digs); DeGrave (six kills, three digs).
Rapid River — Christoff (two aces, four digs); Moss (one kill); Stemick (one kill); LaChance (one kill); Sundling (three assists, one dig); Semear (three digs).