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RAPID RIVER – A few long serve points helped reignite Carney-Nadeau’s offense here Thursday night in a 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-17) triumph over the Rapid River Rockets.
Senior Malorie Baumler has scored six straight points, helping Wolves take a 10-3 advantage in Game 1.
Her classmate Mary Sivula scored six points in a row for a 7-0 lead in the second before adding a five-point run later in that set.
Second-year passer Samantha Kedsch then served for five consecutive points in the final.
“Mal had a good service run,” CN coach Steve Kedsch said. “It set the tone in the first set. We also had a few other great runs and I think we did a good job on the service receptions. We are working on a balanced attack. We avoid going outside because we are exhausting our outside hitters.
Rapid River, behind a six-point run from senior Gracie Stemick, climbed to 13-11 in the second set.
CN responded with four straight runs, gaining a 17-11 cushion on a Rockets typing error.
“We had moments of greatness”, Rockets coach Kristy Kerstner said. “Sometimes we also got a little chaotic. We did pretty well for a while but they had tough servers and we had issues with service receptions.
A sideout brought the Rockets down to 17-12 before the Wolves parted ways to win that set.
Rapid River led 5-3 in the third before CN knocked out a team and took a 9-5 lead behind Samantha Kedsch’s five-point run.
The Rockets were still 12-9 after a CN error before the Wolves took the 17-9 advantage over an ace from Sivula.
Rapid River moved closer to 21-16, but Wolves then sealed the deal on a junior ace Olivia Accord.
Wolves took an 11-5 lead over a Rockets’ serve error in the first.
Rapid River responded with a score of 6-3, reducing their deficit to 14-11 on a junior ace Creighton Smith.
CN then pushed their lead to 18-11 on a Baumler kill.
The Rockets were in the 19-14 following a CN service error before the Wolves took advantage of the pass before closing that set.
CN senior Mackenzie Walcher had 11 kills, including two in the final set of Game 1, and 16 digs. Baumler added six kills and 10 digs. DeGrave also had six assists and Samantha Kedsch had 28 assists.
“Mackenzie played nice and calm tonight”, Coach Kedsch said. “She was very under control and Mariska (Laurila) is emerging as a force at the net.”
Rapid River senior Gabby Moss was excluded from the game with a knee injury in the first set.
“Addie (Christoff) did a fabulous job tonight”, said Kerstner. “She moved really well on the floor. Unfortunately Gabby had to sit down and it hurt us.
The Rockets, who won the jayvee game (25-12, 25-19), travel to Munising on Tuesday. Wolves resume in the Forest Park Invitational on Saturday.
Carney-Nadeau – Agreement (five aces, eight digs); Sivula (four aces, three kills, five digs); Kedsch (three aces, 28 assists); Walcher (11 wins, 16 recoveries); Baumler (six eliminations, 10 recoveries); DeGrave (six eliminations, three searches).
Rapid River – Christoff (two aces, four digs); Foam (one kill); Stemick (a kill); LaChance (one kill); Sundling (three assists, one recovery); Semear (three excavations).