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Volleyball — FP, ND, Florence secure conference wins

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park swept aside North Central 25-13, 25-14, 25-14) in a Skyline match here Tuesday.

“The girls were focused on taking care of business right away in this match tonight,” Trojans head coach Ana Valesano said. “I was pleased with how they kept the momentum mostly on our side of the net. We are looking forward to our upcoming match against Norway, I know it will be an exciting game.”

Forest Park, which also claimed a 2-0 jayvee win, improved their conference record to 4-2.

North Central (0-9) returns home to take on North Dickinson Thursday night and Superior Central on Tuesday. FP travels to Norway Thursday night, before returning home Tuesday to face Mid Peninsula.

Kills: Megan Bucek 1, Sydney Honkala 3, Elaina Perry 4, Kelsey Ragio 4, Mercedes Simmons 13, Chloe Sundell 2.

Aces: Caitlyn Bloomburg 1, Bucek 1, Perery 6, Simmons 2.

Assists: Honkala 17, Perry 2, Simmons 2.

Digs: Bloombiurg 5, Honkala 4, Paige Mianecki 1, Perry 5, Ragio 5, Simmons 10.

Blocks: Simmons 2, Sundell 1.

Nordics sweep

FELCH — North Dickinson powered past Rapid River 25-13, 25-14, 25-15, in Skyline volleyball Tuesday at the Carl F. Lemin Jr. Gymnasium.

“I thought we came out very sluggish tonight and flat-footed. Some nights the girls come out with lots of energy and have a bounce in their step, but tonight wasn’t one of those nights,” said Nordics coach Sandy Haustein.

Kylie Gustafson and Bri Smith served 100 percent for the Nordics.

“Ashton Hord and Bri Smith had some very nice passes, along with some very nice digs from Hannah Clark,” Haustein noted. “We have to communicate with one another better and once we start doing that we will be a lot better team. Tonight was a great team win, one that everyone took part in, I am proud of the girls.”

North Dickinson travels to face conference foe North Central on Thursday.

Florence tips Elcho

FLORENCE, Wis. – Florence defeated the Elcho 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-16) in a Northern Lakes volleyball contest Tuesday.

For coach Joan Canfield Bobcats, Lacey Enders and Madi Neuens were 100 percent serving. Neuens added nine kills, while both Sidney and Morgan Tomczak had seven kills each.

Leah Young, Jordyn Springer and Jenna Springer all had 10 digs each. Jenna Springer not only had 22 assists but served 30 times with six aces.

“This match was won by tough defense, Canfield noted. “This victory was important not only because it was a conference game but it puts us in a better position come seeding time for regionals.”

Florence is off until Tuesday when they host White Lake, before traveling to Laona-Wabeno for the Northern Lakes Conference Tournament Thursday, Oct. 17.

Badgers lose

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara came up short in a Marinette-Oconto volleyball match with Wausaukee, falling 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-20) Tuesday evening at the Niagara gymnasium.

“We started out flat and didn’t seem to recover,” Badgers head coach Carol St. Arnauld said. “We came together in the third set and became aggressive at the net and ended up taking the win. We ended the fourth set playing timid and tired which resulted in Wausaukee taking the win. Wausaukee came to play tonight and we did not. They out-hustled us as well.”

On Thursday, Niagara travels to Marinette to take on St. Thomas Aquinas Academy. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Badgers host Oneida Nation in their final home match of the regular season.

Aces: Jasmine Racine 2, Alyssa Cretton 5, Morgan Borchardt 1, Faith Borchardt 1, B. Pearson 1.

Kills: Racine 10, Cretton 5, Jessica Oratch 5, M. Borchardt 1, Pearson 2, F. Borchardt 1, Cassie Gill 10.

Blocks: Racine 1, Cretton 1, Gill 2.

Assists: Racine 1, Cretton 2, Julia Brown 7, M. Borchardt 20, Isabel Wells 1.

Digs: Racine 12, Cretton 6, Oratch 1, Jadah McCarthy 1, Brown 10, M. Borchardt 6, Wells 5, Pearson 10. F. Borchardt 33, Gill 2.

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