Class D volleyball: Wolves survive feisty Mid Pen

PERKINS – Heading into the fourth set trailing 2-1, with their season on the line, Carney-Nadeau head coach Steve Kedsch’s message to his team was a simple one.

“Stay calm, there is a lot of volleyball left,” he said.

He was right, as the Wolves shook off a third set defeat, capturing the final two sets en-route to a 3-2 win over the Mid Peninsula Wolverines (22-25, 25-17, 31-29, 25-15, 15-9) on Wednesday night in district action.

The Wolves let a 24-20 lead slip away in the third set, after a back-and-forth battle left them on the wrong-side of a 31-29 loss. Carney left no doubt in the fourth set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead behind Janel Dani’s service run. The Wolves kept the pressure on during the elimination game as they never reliqunised their lead. Kedsch said the Wolverines improved since the last time the teams played.

“We had some five, six, seven point leads and we had to work one point at a time because Mid Pen came back a few times on us tonight,” Kedsch said. “They played a lot tougher, they were a better serve-receive team. They kept control of the ball better tonight then when we saw them earlier in the year.”

In the fifth set, Mid Peninsula took a 2-0 lead and 4-2 lead, before Carney rattled off a six-point run, paced by a five-point service run from Morgan Eichhorn. That gave the Wolves a 8-4 edge.

The Wolverines did make a late four-point run, led by Hunter Branstrom’s two kills, tying the game at 9-9.

The Wolves called a timeout and got the ball back after a kill by Janel Dani. Holding a 10-9 lead, Carney turned the ball over to Cassidy Parrett. The senior responded with a five-point service that ended Mid Peninsula’s season and advanced Carney to the district championship.

“Cassidy has been clutch serving late in the season here,” Kedsch said. “She has been serving a high percentage, I think she’s probably only missed one or two serves in this district tournament.”

The Wolverines snagged the first set from the Wolves after trailing 21-19 late in the game. Senior Lacie Tryan completed a four-point service run, kept alive by a diving save from fellow senior Elle Lancour. The swing gave Mid Peninsula a 24-21 lead, before Carney lost the set on a net error.

Mid Peninsula head coach Traci Lyle said her team, who got their first win last week, played with high intensity throughout the game.

“I felt my girls played their heart out tonight, they gave everything they had,” Lyle said. “They went five sets and I couldn’t have asked for anything more from anybody on that floor.

They left it all on the floor. Everything really clicked. The last three games that we played the energy has been up, they’ve really just meshed and it was a nice end to the season.”

The Wolverines also captured a third set victory after clawing back from a 24-21 deficit. The team’s traded points but Mid Peninsula took the lead after Christina Hanson recorded an ace as she served the final two points in the Wolverines 31-29 win.

“All five sets they played to the last point,” Lyle said. “I’ve been on them all year, be aggressive to 25, be aggressive to 25 and they were tonight.”

Five seniors played their last match for the Wolverines: Lancour, Tryan, Kelsey Shope, Jordan Carlson and Carly Hansen

Carney-Nadeau (9-12) takes on Stephenson tonight at home for the district championship. The Wolves lost 3-1 earlier in the season to the Eagles.