SILVER BAY— Ely made short work of the Mariner’s volleyball squad here on Tuesday, winning in straight sets 25-18, 26-24, and 25-14. With the win, the Wolves improved to 5-2 following a …
SILVER BAY— Ely made short work of the Mariner’s volleyball squad here on Tuesday, winning in straight sets 25-18, 26-24, and 25-14. With the win, the Wolves improved to 5-2 following a successful Greenway tournament in which they won three of four matches this past Saturday.
Junior Brielle Kallberg set the pace against the Mariners, tallying ten kills and five blocks. Jenna Merhar notched nine kills and three aces, while McCartney Kaercher put up 12 assists and four aces. Erika Mattson tallied six kills and Lida Dodge notched eight set assists.
Head Coach Andrea Thomas said she’s seeing steady improvement in her team as the season advances. “We’re working hard to eliminate our errors and keep up our intensity on the court,” she said.
Playing at Greenway in tournament action on Saturday, the Wolves played another tight match against Northeast Range, but this time emerged with the win. The Nighthawks took the first set 25-22, but Ely roared back to take the second set 25-15 and the deciding third game, 15-10. They had little trouble with International Falls, downing the Broncos 25-14, 25-14. They beat Mt. Iron-Buhl 25-23 and 25-20, but then lost to tournament champions Greenway in two tight sets, 25-22 and 25-23. “I believe that having a variety of girls contribute and step up when needed is really helping us be successful,” said Thomas.
In home action last Thursday, Ely rebounded from a 25-19 opening set loss to defeat Cherry in four. The Wolves went to top Cherry 25-22, 25-21, and 25-15. “Getting a win over Cherry after losing the first set was a good confidence booster for us,” said Thomas.
Junior Brielle Kallberg had a strong night for Ely, with 18 kills, ten digs, and four blocks. Junior Erika Mattson had six kills and nine digs, while senior setter Lida Dodge put up 20 assists. Jenna Merhar tallied 12 kills and McCartney Kaercher put up 13 set assists.
The Wolves were set to host Mesabi East on Thursday night, after the Timberjay’s Wednesday press time. They’ll be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 20, at North Woods. Game time is 7 p.m.