Volleyball: Nordics sweep Bark River-Harris

North Dickinson's Kylie Gustafson, left, and Briana Smith converge on a serve in Tuesday's Skyline Central Conference volleyball match with Bark River-Harris. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

FELCH — North Dickinson finished strong and swept Bark River-Harris 3-0 in Skyline Central Conference volleyball Tuesday at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium.

The Nordics (17-5-5, 6-2) turned back the Broncos 25-17 and 25-21 in the first two sets. Strong serving from Kylie Gustafson and Sami Borvan triggered the Nordics 25-8 in the third set.

“The first two games we played to their level,” said Nordics coach Sandy Haustein. “We weren’t being aggressive. We weren’t moving our feet.”

The Broncos came in shorthanded, missing setter Faith Jorasz for the match.

“Overall, dealing with having to make that last-minurte adjustment. I thought we played really well,” said BRH Coach Brooke Jorasz.

In the opening set, three aces from Sami Borvan and two kills from Tori Christian keyed a 10-2 ND run that snapped a 15-15 tie.

“I thought we were real sluggish the first two games because the girls all heard that the setter wasn’t playing,” Haustein said.

In a mistake-heavy second set, North Dickinson pulled away after BRH closed to 16-15. Kills from Borvan, Lily Segerdahl and Christian keyed the run to 25.

North Dickinson jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the third set with Gustafson at the service line.

“Our serving was a lot better tonight,” Haustein noted.

The margin went to 16-4 when Borvan took over serving.

“The first two sets we did well and stuck with them,” Jorasz said. “But the third set they kind of got down on themselves and it cost them. They beat themselves really.”

Lillian Stenberg led the Broncos defensively with 14 digs and 17 serve receives. Makena Lockwood had four kills and Jaelin Lockwood tallied three ace serves.

Haustein a conducted a heart-to-heart talk with her team after another lethargic performance in the second set.

“We had a little meeting,” Haustein said. “They played a lot better team ball and played with more energy which we didn’t have the first two games. I told them, ‘Let’s play the way we’re able to play.'”

Haustein praised the back-setting of Juliann Wickman and the passing of libero Briana Smith.

“Overall, we have to play better,” Haustein said. “We can’t be giving them little puny balls ovet the net, especially when they can nail it back at us.”

The Nordics travel to Mid Peninsula on Thursday.