By Justin Marietti
For The Daily News
POWERS - Monday night's Class D district volleyball opener between the North Dickinson Nordics and the North Central Jets was one that had its fair share of errors on both sides of the ball.
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North Dickinson’s Kimberly Cary jumps to tip the ball over the net during the second set of their game against the North Central Jets Monday. Gina Rotter (9) and Chelsey Stroud (5) follow the play.
The Nordics were just able to use the Jets' errors to their advantage in the long run, taking the match 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-18) and advancing to the next round against Mid Peninsula at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. (Central).
In set one back-to-back scores by North Central's Paige Whitens pulled the Jets within 17-16. However, an extended service run by North Dickinson's Miranda Jacobson that included three aces put the game away, 25-17.
The tempo of the second game was set right out of the gate. An ace by Chelsey Stroud of the Nordics kicked things off. She added another before her run was complete, and North Dickinson sprinted to a 9-0 lead.
North Central later found the energy to score five unanswered points led by a service run by Whitens.
The teams battled back and forth, but a couple of scoring runs by the Nordics put the game out of reach, and they won 25-13.
When the third set began, the most of the Jets team were clearly aware of the fact that this may be the final set for three of their girls. The game was immediately more competitive than the others.
Although the Jets were fighting hard to stave off elimination, the momentum of the first two sets had inevitably carried over. North Dickinson's Steele pulled off a very hard kill to make it 18-10. A Jacobson ace brought the Nordics within three points of a victory.
North Central had one final rally before their season came to an end, making it 24-18 before the Nordics added the finishing point for the win.
North Dickinson will host Mid Peninsula in a district semifinal Wednesday at 6 p.m.
"I'm not going to say we're going to win, because I never know which team is going to show up," said North Dickinson coach Sandy Haustein. "But if the team that has shown up the past two matches, we have a good chance of coming out with the win. We'll just see what happens, and go from there."
As a result of the loss, the Jets lose three of their seniors. But at the very least, their coach was glad to see his team go out fighting.
"It was a tough season, because these girls pushed themselves to another level that this school hasn't seen in a while," said Jets' coach Andy DeBock.
"They played a very, very solid game. There were a few mistakes that decided from point to point, but I'm proud of them with the way they finished the season.
"Amber Buck, one of our seniors, left it all on the floor tonight. It was great to see her end the season with her head held high."
At Crystal Falls, Bessemer swept Wakefield-Marenisco 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-13) in a Class D District 127 volleyball quarterfinal.
In Wednesday's semifinals, Ewen-Trout Creek faces Watersmeet at 5:30 p.m. and Forest Park meets Bessemer at 6:30 p.m.
NORTH DICKINSON - Steele (6 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs, 2 blocks); Cary (5 kills, 3 aces, 1 dig); Jauquet (2 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs); Jacobson (9 kills, 6 aces, 3 digs, 2 blocks); Stroud (7 kills, 5 aces, 1 dig); Rotter (18 assists, 1 dig).
NORTH CENTRAL - Whitens (7 kills, 6 blocks, 7 digs); Wells (2 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks); Buck (4 kills, 5 digs, 5 blocks, 1 ace); Betters (3 digs); Schultz (5 digs).