HARRIS — A slow start for the Menominee volleyball team was met by a hot start for Bark River-Harris, and by the time Menominee warmed up the Broncos were well on their way to a 3-0 win for the second time in as many nights.
“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.”
The third set started off with both teams trading points back and forth until the score was tied at 16 and the Broncos got a sideout, leading to junior Tressa Ives serving for six straight points, including three aces, for an insurmountable 23-16 lead. Two Menominee miss-hit’s later and the match ended with a 25-17 score.
Despite the Maroons slow start, they were able to hang with the Broncos in the first set, and a kill from Laura Magrane brought Menominee within one (9-8). Menominee looked to be gaining some momentum, but after a rally ended with a four-hit violation BR-H led 11-9.
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 after winning a long rally that ended on a BR-H passing error, but the Broncos, however, didn’t allow the Maroons to get any closer as the first set ended by a score of 25-13.
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, and an ace from Richer to make it 15-7 forced Menominee into a timeout. Richer served for one more point out of the timeout, by a kill from Menominee’s Liz Nerat gave the Maroons possession only to give it right back on a serve that fell short.
The Broncos’ lead kept building in the second set until they walked away with a 25-12 victory.
“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.”
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 for the Broncos.
Junior Kayla Drifka recorded 14 assists, and Joey Van Beek added 11 for the Maroons, who host Westwood Oct. 22.