When the Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team has things rolling, they can be lethal. The Verndale Pirates were the most recent victim to feel the power of the Wolverines on Sept. 26 when the Wolverines rolled to a 25-10, 25-12 and 25-16 victory over Pirates at the Wadena-DC High School gymnasium.
The Wolverines used a balanced attack led by Kennedy Gravelle. She finished with 18 kills, while Madison Carsten added nine. Ashley Lepinski finished with four kills as well as the Wolverines overpowered their neighbors.
“I thought we played very well and just did what we wanted to do on our side,” Carsten said. “We just focused on ourselves.”
Carsten said it’s exciting and fun when their team gets in a groove and putting the ball down on the defense.
“It’s fun to keep the momentum going and keeping our team going,” Carsten said. “It’s very important to get a (good) start from the very beginning and not let that up.”
The Wolverines have been able to do that during their six-match winning streak. The Wolverines have just dropped two sets during the run and have bulldozed opponents of late with their offensive power.
The Wolverines fed off the energy of the hometown crowd as well during homecoming week. The Wolverines improved their season mark to 6-0 at home and have dropped just three games during that span on their home court.
“It’s an advantage to play at home. We have a lot of great fans that just keep us really pumped up,” Carsten said. “We are all very close and really good friends.”
Ashley Aarseth led the Pirates with five kills, while Sarah Barrett and Melissa Hammer finished with four kills each in the loss for Verndale.
Wadena-DC stormed out of the gate in game one, racing to a commanding 10-3 lead. It would be a lead the Wolverines would quickly expand to double digits. Wadena-DC cruised to a 25-10 win in game one.
The Pirates battled in game two, but once again, the power of Wadena-DC was just too much for the visitors. Wadena-DC put the game away with a 25-12 win in game two.
Verndale hung around in game three and closed to within four points midway through the game. Yet, Wadena-DC took control late and used a 9-4 run to close out the third game 25-16.
Courtny Warren finished with 17 digs, while Madison Carsten added 10. MacKenzie Carsten ended with 33 set assists and three ace serves.
The Wolverines season mark improved to 10-4 overall, while they improved to 4-0 in the Park Region Conference. The Wolverines return to action with a non-conference tilt when they take on the Breckenridge Cowgirls on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Breckenridge.