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Wadena-Deer Creek takes Park Region Conference opener

Wadena-Deer Creek's Madison Carsten leaps up for the attack against Bertha-Hewitt in the Wolverines' 3-0 victory over their Park Region Conference opponent. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal1 / 2
Wadena-Deer Creek's Kylee Hopp gets the kill against Bertha-Hewitt during Wadena-DC's 3-0 sweep of the Bears. Jason Groth/Pioneer Journal2 / 2

The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team rebounded from its first loss with a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 victory over the Bertha-Hewitt Bears in Wadena on Sept. 6.

“We knew they have been down a bit and coming off our last game, we played a little slow, but it was good enough to win,” Wadena-DC head coach Sue Volkmann said. “We did get to work on somethings that we have been trying to work on in practice and it’s good to do it against other competition, so that really helps.”

Wadena-Deer Creek's Kyla Ness.

Kennedy Gravelle led the attack with 12 kills, while Madison Carsten and Ashley Adams finished with seven kills. Adams dished out 17 set assists and delivered a team high with four ace serves.

The Wolverines started slowly in the first set, but took control when both teams were tied at nine. The Wolverines scored 16 of the final 19 points. Gravelle served out the final four points, which started with an ace. Carsten had a kill during the run and Gravelle closed the win with a kill.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Mari Grendahl with the serve.

There were no slow starts for the Wolverines in the second and third sets. They overpowered the Bears from the opening serve of each set. They raced out to a 7-2 lead in the second set and closed with a pair of ace serves from Adams to win the second set 25-14.

Adams started the third set the way she ended the second by dropping in back-to-back ace serves. The Wolverines built up a 10-2 lead with a pair of long service runs from Adams and Kyla Ness. Ness dropped in an ace serve after a pair of Gravelle kills, which gave Wadena-DC a commanding 10-2 lead. The Wolverines coasted from their, closing out the final set 25-12.

The Wolverines improve their season mark to 3-1 overall and head to Sauk Rapids-Rice for a tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 9 a.m.

Wadena-Deer Creek's Courtny Warren

Wadena-DC def. Bertha-Hewitt (25-12, 25-14, 25-12)

WDC: Kennedy Gravelle 12K, 6D, 1AS, 3B; Madison Carsten 7K, 9D, 1B; Ashley Adams 7K, 11D, 4AS, 17SA; Kylee Hopp 5K; Lauryn Gravelle 1K; Summer Pettit 1K; Courtney Warren 21D, 2SA; Kyla Ness 11D, 1AS; MacKenzie Carsten 5D, 9SA; Laura Krause 1D; Mari Grendahl 1D.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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