Volleyball roundup: Forest Park sweeps Jets

CRYSTAL FALLS — Avery Sommers and Taylor Honkala combined for 12 ace serves as Forest Park downed North Central 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-8) in Skyline Central Conference volleyball Thursday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.

Sommers fired seven aces and Honkala had five for the Lady Trojans (8-9-7, 3-3).

“We got into a rhythm starting right away in the first set and carried that momentum into the third set,” said Forest Park coach Ana Cornelia. “Overall, we played smart tonight and tried switching up our attacks.”

Forest Park travels to Norway on Thursday.

“We are improving each week but I would like to see us consistently keep the ball under control during any match,” Cornelia said.

Forest Park varsity performance summary:

Emme Emmers — 1 ace, 1 kill, 6 digs

Taylor Honkala — 5 aces, 5 kills, 4 digs

Avery Sommers — 7 aces, 1 dig

Hannah Cross — 3 aces, 7 kills, 1 assist, 3 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist

Cassie Divine — 3 kills

Elle Soderberg — 7 assists, 1 dig

Sydney Honkala — 1 ace, 1 kill, 13 assists, 9 digs

Mercedes Simmons — 3 kills, 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist

Laina Toivonen — 3 aces, 1 kill, 2 digs

Nordics beat Jets

FELCH — North Dickinson, led by Sami Borvan’s 10 kills and Juliann Wickman’s eight aces, defeated Rapid River 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-23) in Skyline Central Conference volleyball Tuesday at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium.

In the serving department, Wickman was 18 for 20 and Ali Mattson was 10 for 10.

Nordics coach Sandy Haustein cited senior Tori Christian’s “very good” play at the net.

“Tori was very consistent,” said Haustein, noting just one missed hit.

The Nordics (15-5-5, 4-2) visit North Central on Thursday.

“It was a team effort, a team victory and I’m very proud of them,” Haustein said.

Elcho beats Patriots

ELCHO, Wis. — Elcho overcame Rachel Braaten’s 15 kills to beat Goodman-Pembine 3-0 (25-12, 29-27, 25-23) in Northern Lakes Conference volleyball Tuesday.

Braaten added six blocks and three ace serves.

“Rachel Braaten again had a solid night,” said GP Coach John Swick,

Katelyn Nelson contributed five kills and Brandi Bousley added three.

“We got off to a slow start but got into a better rhythm in the second set,” Swick said. “Overall, the girls played a good competitive match and I think we’re getting better at the right time heading into the postseason. We did a good job of extending points and just came up short against a good team.”

The Patriots (4-7) face Three Lakes on Thursday at Goodman.

“I was really pleased with how we bounced back and the girls really showed a lot of heart tonight,” Swick said.

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