Wolves sweep stunned Jets
POWERS – North Central had Carney-Nadeau’s number during their first two matches of the season but the third time wasn’t the charm as the Wolves swept the Jets 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-11) in the first round of district play on Monday.
Carney was swept by North Central in their first matchup of the season and lost the second time in five sets. Wolves head coach Steve Kedsch said the first two meetings gave his team a better idea of how to attack the Jets.
“We had some spots on the court that we wanted to pick on tonight, you know, shoot balls to spots and the girls did that, which got them out of their rhythm,” Kedsch said. “We kept their big hitters from getting good sets. The girls did the game plan tonight and that was exactly what we needed to do.”
The Jets took command early in the first set, jumping out to a 10-5 lead, but were unable to hold off a run by Carney, which clawed its way back into the match behind stellar service runs from seniors’ Cassidy Parett, Janel Dani and Morgan Eichhorn. Dani finished the set with a kill, as Carney won 25-21.
Jets head coach Andy DeBock credited the Wolves play but noted that his team didn’t perform up to their capabilities.
“The girls obvisouly didn’t play up to their full potential,” DeBock said. “It was emotional, they couldn’t get their heads in the right area. Tonight we needed a lot of leadership and we just ended up really short. They (Carney) played solid, you could tell they wanted it a lot more than we did at this point and they deserved to win, they played outstanding.”
The Wolves held off a late Jets comeback in the second set, winning 26-24. Kedsch, whose Wolves were significantly outsized at the net said his team worked on attacking from the back row and keeping the ball away from North Central’s Paige Whitens.
“We knew they were bigger at the net, we wanted to keep the ball off the net, come with the back row attack more often,” he said. “I thought Janel (Dani) did a good job of that tonight, you know, keeping them off balance. We were picking spots to make it hard for them to set her (Whitens) and the kids worked the game plan.”
Carney left no doubt in the third set, jumping out to leads of 3-0, 15-6 and 21-9 en-route to the 25-11 win.
“That third set we wanted to start fast and I think that was a big difference. We got a lead on them and the ball just started rolling our way,” Kedsch said.
North Central ended their season with a 10-8 record. Five seniors played their last game in a Jets volleyball jersey: Kennedy Faccio, Morgan Wells, Whitens, Skye Triest and Kelsey LaBonte.
“It didn’t end up the way we wanted it to but needless to say they had a fantastic season,” DeBock said. “They set new records for win this years, you had a lot to take away from this season. There’s nothing to really hang your heads about, a loss is a loss and you’ve got to push forward from this.”
The Wolves improve to 8-12 as they hit the road to take on the Mid Peninsula Wolverines on Wednesday. Carney hasn’t lost to the Wolverines this season but Kedsch said his team isn’t overlooking their opponent.
“We beat them twice early in the year and I know they’re a much improved team so were going to be up for a battle.”