Volleyball roundup: Forest Park sweeps Mid Peninsula

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Lady Trojans, led by Taylor Honkala’s 10 kills and Hannah Cross’ five ace serves, swept the Wolverines 25-13, 25-15, 25-17 in Skyline Central Conference volleyball Tuesday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.

“We played a little flat tonight, but we were able to be consistent enough to come out on top,” said Forest Park Coach Ana Cornelia.

Sydney Honkala had 28 assists for the Lady Trojans (10-9-7, 5-3).

Forest Park travels to Rapid River on Thursday.

Forest Park performance summary follows:

Hannah Cross — 5 aces, 8 kills, 1 assist, 10 digs

Cassie Divine — 1 kill

Emme Emmers — 6 digs

Destiny Ferrera — 2 digs

Sydney Honkala — 1 ace, 3 kills, 28 assists, 8 digs

Taylor Honkala — 10 kills, 1 assist, 6 digs, 1 solo block

Mercedes Simmons — 3 kills, 1 solo block

Elle Soderberg — 2 assists, 2 digs

Avery Sommers — 3 aces, 6 digs

Laina Toivonen — 1 ace, 7 kills

West Iron beats Hancock

IRON RIVER — The Wykons downed the Bulldogs 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-21 in West PAC volleyball.

Rachel Tefft led the Wykons with 11 kills and Tori Maloney had 10.

West Iron (10-9-6, 3-3) competes Saturday in the Houghton Invite.

Lena beats Niagara

LENA, Wis. — Lena downed Niagara 3-1 (25-18, 25-11, 17-25, 25-16) in M&O Conference volleyball Tuesday.

“We struggled to find ourselves,” said Niagara coach Carol St. Arnauld. “We had some great saves and moments when we were strong at the net, just not enough of them.

“Inconsistency has haunted us throughout this year. My team can play amazing one day and struggle the next game day. It just depends on who shows up.”

Allison Wells had 10 kills and Jasmine Racine added nine for the Badgers (9-15-3, 7-7). Abi McCarthy had 17 assists.

“My girls truly have the potential to do great things,” St. Arnauld said. “Fortunately, they have an opportunity to redeem themselves.”

The Badgers travel to Gillett on Thursday for matches with the Tigers and Lena. The Badgers host Lena in next week’s WIAA Division 4 regional tournament.

“We need to keep our head in the game at all times, take care of the ball and finish at the net,” St. Arnauld said.

Niagara performance summary:

Jasmine Racine — 4 service aces, 9 kills, 1 block, 6 assists, 8 digs

Jessica Oratch — 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 dig

Allison Wells — 1 ace, 10 kills, 3 assists, 6 digs

Maddie West — 1 block, 2 digs

Addelyn Amundson — 4 digs

Abi McCarthy — 1 ace, 17 assists, 10 digs

Cassie Gill — 3 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs

Alyssa Ivey — 3 kills, 5 digs

Julia Brown — 2 digs

Faith Borchardt — 3 aces, 1 kill, 1 assist, 20 digs

Goodman-Pembine edges Crandon, 3-2

CRANDON, Wis. — Goodman-Pembine, led by Rachel Braaten’s 12 kills and 15 blocks, outlasted Crandon 3-2 (18-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-27, 15-13) in Northern Lakes Conference volleyball Tuesday.

“Rachel Braaten just continues to dominate at the net,” said GP coach John Swick. “Freshman Katelyn Nelson also continued her strong first season with 15 kills and solid all around play.”

Mackenna Hirte had nine blocks and three kills. Kirstyn Gardner added five kills and Brandi Bousley had fou kills with three aces.

“It was another slow start tonight with some serve receive issues that kept us out of system,” Swick said. “I was proud of my girls for fighting back and continuing to bring pressure and extend points. Crandon did a great job on their side of bringing some tough balls back as well. Overall, we were able to fix some things with regard to positioning and communication that will help us moving forward.”

The Patriots (5-8) close the regular season Thursday, meeting conference champion Florence at Pembine.

Stephenson sweeps North Central

POWERS — The Stephenson volleyball team made quick work of North Central Tuesday night, defeating the Jets 3-0 (25-15, 25-10, 25-10).

“I challenged the girls because we had a tough match last night and we traveled,” said Stephenson coach Sara Johnson. “So I knew coming in they would be a little tired. I wanted them to come out strong right away and not lay back.”

North Central coach Lynn Britton wasn’t too disappointed in her team but would have liked to see a little more fight.

“I think we played well but we didn’t play to our full potential,” said Britton. “They had more consistent passing and more consistent sets that really helped their team win tonight. We need to really work on defense and really staying in the game before it’s over. We give up too early before the ball is even dead.”

The Jets stayed with the Eagles for much of the first set trailing 16-13 at one point. Stephenson then picked up the pace scoring nine of the last 11 points to take the first set 25-15.

“Our first game was awesome,” said Britton. “We had a lot of volleys and a lot of digs. We were great on defense and then we just fell apart in the second and third. We just got down on ourselves about little mistakes and it kind of cost us the game.”

North Central travels to Carney-Nadeau Thursday for its next match.

North Central — Dombrowski (7 digs), Harter (8 digs, 4 assists), Plunger (4 digs), Whitens (10 digs), DePatie (15 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces), Razo-Samano (1 dig), Kleikamp (3 digs, 2 assists, 1 kill, 1 ace), Wells (1 kill, 1 assist, 1 ace), O’Neil (6 digs, 1 ace)

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