Offensive efficiency helps Onaway sweep Posen

News Photo by James Andersen Posen's Brooke Ciarkowski, left, hits the ball over the net as Onaway's Sunny Flory defends during a district volleyball match in Rogers City on Tuesday.

ROGERS CITY–Consistency paid off for the Onaway volleyball team on Tuesday.

Onaway opened Class D district play against Posen and swept the Vikings in three sets, winning 25-16, 25-15, 25-13 at Rogers City High School.

The win moves the Cardinals to Thursday’s 6 p.m. district final against Rogers City.

Onaway hit the ball well all night and proved to have too much strength up front for Posen to keep up with.

Calley Selke had 13 kills and 13 digs for the Cardinals and Maddie McLean had nine kills and 12 digs.

“After the initial points of the match, I thought the girls settled down and played pretty efficiently,” Onaway coach Steve Watson said. “There were a couple hiccups, but overall we did a good job attacking the ball under control with solid serving.”

After trading points with Posen in the early going, Onaway pulled ahead for good in the opening set, using an 11-2 run to pull away and continued to build its lead.

Posen got off to a fast start again in the second set, but its lead was short-lived as Onaway went on a 7-0 run midway through the set to pull ahead 13-7 and take the lead for good. The Cardinals put together several smaller runs the rest of the way to win their second set.

“I’m pretty happy. Onaway’s tough competition and our defense has come a long way this season,” Posen coach Lori Graham said. “Really we just couldn’t execute on offense tonight. That was the biggest problem; they were picking up everything we were sending over.”

Strong serving helped the Cardinals in the third set. After Posen scored early to make it 5-4, Onaway scored the next nine points–six of them on aces from KayAnna Dean–to take a 14-4 lead. With Selke, McLean and Kennedy Crawford among those attacking up front, points came easily for the Cardinals, who led 24-8 before Posen scored several points on attacking errors before the end of the set.

Jaclyn Nash added 34 assists and nine digs for Onaway and Crawford had eight kills and six digs. Dean had three kills, six aces and eight digs and Mallorie Neelis had five aces and four digs.