Long runs power Nordics past Broncos

HARRIS – Each set had times where it was close, but Bark River-Harris couldn’t match the lengthy North Dickinson service runs as the Nordics swept the Broncos 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-13) on Tuesday.

In the first set the Broncos took a 11-10 lead before North Dickionson (14-2) scored seven straight points, paced by Franchesca Priestap’s, six-point service run. The Nordics were able to use that separation to cruise to a 25-16 win.

“I thought our serving was really good, we had a lot of aces,” said Nordics head coach Sandy Haustein. “At the net I thought Lexi (Steele) and Kim (Cary), our other middle-hitter and Chelsey (Stroud) did a good job. Our setter (Gina Rotter) distributed the ball really well tonight. She was moving it around and spreading it around to all three hitters up there.”

During the second set, the Broncos tied the game at 9-9 but were unable to keep the match close as the Nordics went on a 16-5 run to win the game 25-14.

BR-H head coach John Jorasz said his team played with the necessary energy but couldn’t match the lengthy North Dickinson runs.

“It was just a really tough match,” Jorasz said. “We came here ready to play and you could see it right at the beginning of each of the sets. We came here, we were ready to play, they were just able to get that key player in the key positions and took advantage of it.”

Like the first two sets the Nordics were able to get that “key” player in the right position in the third set.

Facing elimination, the Broncos jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set before Nordic junior Chelsey Stroud ripped off a monster 14-point service run to give her team a 15-5 lead.

“They had that good server up, the rest of the team stepped it up to keep her serving so that really helps as well,” Jorasz said.

The teams went back-and-forth for the remainder of the third set but the lead was too much for the Broncos to overcome as they fell 25-13.

“I thought we played really well, there were a few spurts there when our communication wasn’t there but otherwise I thought it was a team effort,” Haustein said. “We made some mistakes but you get that in all volleyball matches.”

Bark River-Harris is back in action on Thursday as they host Forest Park. North Dickinson is back on the court Thursday as well, taking on Carney-Nadeau.