Broncos overpower Jets, 3-0
POWERS — The Bark River-Harris Broncos enjoyed a big serving night here Monday in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-12) volleyball victory over the North Central Jets.
BR-H collected 27 service aces, including seven by senior Tressa Ives. Classmate Graci Varoni added six, and junior Carley Varoni had five.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on serving well, and we had some nice runs,” said BR-H coach Jen Ives. “We also ran our offense very well. North Central also has some good servers. To their credit, they have a lot of girls on varsity and jayvees. Coach Rick (Mick) has put a lot in a lot of time, and their program is growing. He has them heading in the right direction.”
Graci Varoni’s seven-point run helped the Broncos gain a 20-7 advantage in the first set.
A trio of BR-H hitting miscues helped the Jets trim their deficit to 21-11, and Senior Katie Whitens provided the Jets with a kill before the opener ended on a defensive error.
In the second set, BR-H senior Tressa Ives served for six straight points and a 10-1 cushion.
The Broncos then built their lead to 18-4 on a kill by junior Kay-Lee Red Bear.
North Central shaved its deficit to 18-8 on an ace by sophomore Sam Burton.
A kill by senior Alaska Peterson gave the Broncos a 20-8 advantage before an ace by senior Ashley Neuens brought the Jets within 20-13.
The Broncos, however, did the remainder of the scoring in that set which ended on a Jets’ passing miscue.
“Overall, we played a little better than the first time we played them (in a 3-0 loss at Harris Sept. 9),” said Mick. “The girls worked real hard tonight. We couldn’t receive serves the first time, and tonight we did better. They’re a good team, easily the best team we’ve played. Jen is a very good coach. It’s a real good experience playing them, which makes for a good atmosphere.”
The Broncos started with a different lineup in the third, and Red Bear opened that set with a kill.
North Central was within 4-3 after a BR-H hitting miscue.
BR-H then began to pull away, gaining an 8-3 cushion on a kill by Peterson and extending its advantage to 21-6 on an ace by Carley Varoni.
“It’s always nice to get all the girls some playing time, and the team responded well to that,” said coach Ives. “We had a chance to try some different things.”
Carley Varoni tallied eight kills and nine assists. Peterson added six kills and 13 assists, and Tressa Ives had five kills.
“We had a good effort from Katie Whitens and Katelyn Deming,” said Mick. “We also had a successful night serving.”
BR-H, which won the JV match in two sets, hosts North Dickinson Oct. 26. The Jets host Superior Central Thursday.