C-N sweeps to regional finals

Carney Nadeau’s Talisha McMcullough bumps the ball during a game against Forest Park Tuesday evening November 7, 2017 at Westwood High School. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

ISHPEMING — Breane Bedgood tallied 11 kills and three aces to propel the Carney-Nadeau volleyball team into the regional finals with a three-set sweep of Forest Park in the Class D tournament held at Westwood High School on Tuesday night.

The Wolves won 25-12, 25-16, 25-15.

C-N head coach Steve Kedsch credited Forest Park for being a much improved team from earlier in the season, putting the pressure on his own team.

“We had seen them earlier in the year and they’re a better team now than they were the first time,” he said. “We knew a couple of things they liked to do and tried to take that away from them; they had some holes on their side that we tried to force tonight and tried to get them out of rhythm.”

Trojans head coach Ana Cornelia said simple mistakes and bad bounces cost her team.

“Overall tonight, I think we just had way too many mental errors and mistakes on our side that could have been preventable,” she said. “They just didn’t land right for us.”

Cornelia added that being in her first season as a head coach, she was proud of the way the team improved.

“I’m so proud of them,” she said. “From the beginning of the year to where they are now, it’s just crazy the improvements. Every girl put forth effort every day in that gym and I look forward to coaching them next year.”

The Trojans had an early 4-1 lead in Set 1, but that was erased after Carney-Nadeau scored nine of the next 10 points to go up 10-5. The Wolves never looked back, adding runs of six and five points in a set that ended on a Bedgood kill.

In Set 2, the Wolves slowly built a lead before going on to score 13 of the last 18 points to take the set that ended on a service error.

Forest Park kept it close early in Set 3, but again the streaks were the story for the C-N. With the Wolves only up 11-10, they went on to score the next five points. They eventually won the set and match by scoring the final six points with the night ending on a service error.

Sarah Jackson and Layla Blahnik-Thoune each added seven kills for the Wolves, while Talisha McCullough led the way in assists with 13. For Forest Park, Taylor Honkala tallied four kills while Sydney Honkala and Mercedes Simmons each had three. Sydney Honkala also had seven assists.

Carney-Nadeau comes into Thursday’s regional championship game against Munising with a chip on its shoulder, not having played Munising as well as they would have liked in the regular season.

“We did see Munising earlier this year and we did lose to them,” Kedsch said. “I didn’t think we gave them our A-game when we played them.”

The finals are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday back at Westwood High School.

Email Ryan Spitza at sports@miningjournal.net.