It’s nice to have options when you are a setter and senior setter MacKenzie Carsten had them working on Sept. 10 when Wadena-Deer Creek defeated Nevis 25-9, 25-19 and 25-14 at the Wadena High School gymnasium.
Carsten said the goal of tonight’s contest was to get the ball moving and get everyone a chance to hit. She finished with 34 set assists, while eight players recorded kills for the Wolverines. Kennedy Gravelle finished with 17 kills, and Madison Carsten added 12, leading the attack for the Wolverines.
“It’s very fun and it’s not as pressuring having so many options,” MacKenzie Carsten said. “It’s a lot easier.”
Carsten said it feels good, and it makes her feel good to put the ball in the spot for her hitters to get the kills.
The Wolverines cruised in their first game, taking it 25-9. The Wolverines used an early 8-1 run to take control of the first set, building up a 9-2 lead, following a kill by Lola Pulver. Wadena-DC stretched the lead out and earned the 16-point victory in game one.
“We had to focus really hard,” Carsten said. “We know we can play at that level, and we really had to play to our potential and put it away.”
Carsten said Wadena-DC head coach Sue Volkmann told her to set everyone to get the team going, so the Nevis block couldn’t set on certain hitters.
Nevis played well in the second game, but it was Wadena-DC who held off the Tigers in the second game. It was tied at 17, but Wadena-DC out-scored the Tigers 8-2 in the final moments of the game, which was keyed by a service run from Gravelle.
The Wolverines took charge in the third game and ensured a sweep would happen. The Wolverines built up an 11-3 lead and eventually stretched it to 11 points at 23-12 and 24-13, before closing out with the 11-point win.
The victory improved the Wolverines to 5-4 overall and stretches their home record to 3-0. The Wolverines have dropped just one game at home on their way to the perfect mark.
“It’s a good atmosphere. We have a very good student section, who is always very encouraging and they get us pumped up,” Carsten said.
The Wolverines return to action with a road trip to Bertha on Sept. 12 to take on the Bertha-Hewitt Bears, before returning to the friendly confines of the Wadena-DC High School gymnasium when they host Detroit Lakes on Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.