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Flivver spikers fall to Carney, 2-0 in quadrangular

By John Vrancic

For the Daily News

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau Wolves passed a major test here Saturday, earning a 25-19, 25-17 volleyball victory over the Kingsford Flivvers.

C-N also defeated Menominee (25-7, 25-9) and Stephenson (25-11, 25-11) in its quadrangular meet.

“Kingsford has a solid team,” said Wolves’ coach Steve Kedsch. “We played real well. We cleaned up some of the issues we were having. I think our serve receives and passing are coming around, and I think we’re getting more out of our offense. We’re happy with the energy the girls played with today.”

The Wolves secured top honors on a two-hit violation by the Flivvers.

“They have a nice team,” said Kingsford coach Jaclynn Kreider. “You can tell their girls have played together for a long time. They played great defense and have good attackers. They don’t make many mistakes. Everyone seemed to serve well for them. We haven’t seen many teams like this.”

Kingsford was within 14-13 in the second set before a kill by senior Liana Blahnik gave the Wolves with a sideout and a 15-13 lead.

Junior Mel Baumler then provided the Wolves with a four-point service run, including two aces, for a 19-13 cushion.

Kingsford was within 21-16 following a Wolves’ hitting error. The Flivvers then had a few miscues of their own, enabling the Wolves to gain an insurmountable 24-16 advantage.

C-N senior Taylor Kedsch, who ended the first set with a kill, collected 23 kills and 17 digs in the round-robin event. Blahnik added 17 kills, two blocks and seven digs. Baumler finished with nine aces, eight kills and nine digs. Senior Haley Ernest tallied 46 assists and 17 digs and junior Mackenzie Walcher had five aces and 17 digs.

“Mel had a solid day,” said coach Kedsch. “She served and hit the ball real well. Haley did a great job running our offense. Liana provided some match-up problems for the other teams and Taylor has been real consistent all year.”

Christy Glodowski collected nine aces, 12 kills and two blocks for the Flivvers, who topped Stephenson (25-6, 25-17) and Menominee (25-6, 25-9).

Emma Andrews added eight aces and 23 digs. Grace Roberts collected seven aces and 18 digs. Talia Wallis tallied eight kills and 19 digs. Allie LaVarnway finished with 18 digs and Katherine Erickson had 32 assists.

“One of our middle hitters wasn’t here today, but we can gain from adversity,” said Kreider. “I think we can learn from the experience. Our goal is to prepare for (Division 2) districts. This was a fun match.”

Stephenson defeated Menominee (25-14, 25-21) in the remaining match.

The Wolves visit Superior Central Tuesday. The Flivvers host Negaunee Thursday.

Carney-Nadeau — Baumler (nine aces, eight kills, nine digs); Walcher (five aces, 17 digs); Sivula (four aces, six digs); Blahnik (three aces, 17 kills, two blocks, seven digs); Kedsch (two aces, 23 kills, 17 digs); Ernest (46 assists, 15 digs).

Kingsford — Glodowski (nine aces, 12 kills, two blocks); Andrews (eight aces, 23 digs); Roberts (seven aces, 18 digs); Wallis (eight kills, 19 digs); Allen (seven kills, five blocks); Erickson (32 assists); LaVarnway (18 digs).

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