Rogers City sweeps Mio in NSL matchup

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Rogers City’s Kayla Rabeau (14) spikes a ball past a pair of Mio defenders during the first set of a North Star League volleyball match on Thursday at Rogers City High School.

ROGERS CITY — As has been the case so many times over the past few years, the Rogers City volleyball team turned in another dominant performance in a North Star League match, sweeping Mio by scores of 25-9, 25-15 and 25-16 on Thursday at Rogers City High School.

The Hurons wasted no time taking an early lead in the first set as they scored the first six points of the match after some steady serving from Kayla Rabeau.

Rogers City was not done rallying as they continued to control the opening set and held an 11-3 lead before getting some more superb serving from Taylor Fleming during an 8-0 run to help the Hurons grab a 19-3 lead and coast to an easy victory early in the match.

“We are trying to stay above 90 percent with our serving and our girls are really focusing on the other side of the court and finding those holes. The work is really starting to pay off and we just want to keep pour opponents off balance when we do that,” Rogers City coach Jackie Quaine said.

It took some time for the Hurons to find their groove in the second set as they were tied at 7-7 before going on a 9-0 run to take a nine point lead and never looked back to take a commanding two set lead.

For the second consecutive set, Rogers City fell behind by two points to open the match, but it was the biggest lead that the Thunderbolts held onto all night.

After going back-and-forth early in the third set, the Hurons picked it up after Quaine called a timeout and the team responded by again going on another big run midway through the set as it scored eight of nine points to take a 19-9 lead and was able to cruise to a convincing NSL victory on its home court.

“We’re still working on some things that will hopefully put us over the top. I think sometimes we start playing down and I think at times after that first set tonight that’s what it was,” Quaine said. “We weren’t being as aggressive as I wanted them to be and our girls have to be able to find that fire no matter what the score is or who the opponent is. We have to remain aggressive the entire match and we have to find that balance.”

The Hurons were led by Rabeau who had 12 digs, 10 kills and 10 aces. Taylor Fleming added 15 kills and nine digs. Jayna Hance ended the night with 15 digs. Catheryn Hart and Shawna McDonald each had four kills apiece. Kristin Brege chipped in with four kills. Kyrsten Altman dished out 20 assists and Hannah Fleming had seven assists.

Rogers City improves to 21-8-3 with the win and will be back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Au Gres.

“We have to keep improving throughout the season because we have a tough district and tough all the way through to the state. We are going to have our challenges,” Quaine said. “We keep looking for different things we can adjust to, but we have to find some things against certain teams and create pressure situations so that these girls are ready when we get into postseason play.”

Jonny Zawacki can be reached via email at jzawacki@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5690.