Carson rolls to sixth straight victory
After grueling wins over McQueen and Damonte Ranch, the Carson High volleyball team came out flat against Wooster Thursday night.
Despite an uninspired effort, the Senators ran their win streak to six with a 25-22, 25-16 and 25-18 win over the Colts at Morse Burley Gymnasium.
Carson is now 7-1 heading into matches Tuesday at Galena and at home Thursday against league-leading Bishop Manogue.
“We had a big letdown,” said coach Robert Maw. “Jaycie (Roberts) and Juliana (Anderson) were off with their arm swings. They were slow and neither jumped well. They were not very explosive. We were kind of lethargic tonight.”
Despite off nights, Roberts (11) and Anderson (12) both reached double digits in kills. Neither played as well as they did against Damonte Ranch, a tough four-set win.
It was unclear who wanted to win the opening set.
Carson used seven Wooster errors and a kill apiece by Roberts, Anderson and Maddie Jergensen to build a quick 13-3 lead. After Wooster got a kill from Monica Stroschein, Carson got two kills apiece from Anderson and Jergensen to make it 17-4.
As it has shown all year, the Senators couldn’t put the game away.
Wooster went on a 13-3 run to close to 23-22. Carson had several hitting errors, two net violations and two missed serves in that run. Anderson had a kill and Makenzie Tucker served up an ace to end the set.
“Our passing fell off,” Maw said. “I didn’t feel Natalie (Anderson) was making the right setting decisions. I felt she was forcing things. When a team is struggling, you want to slow the tempo down. She realized that after the first set and settled down.”
The second set followed the same pattern.
Wooster had cut Carson’s lead to 8-7, but the Senators responded with a 9-2 run for a 17-9 lead. Juliana Anderson had two kills and Jergensen added one. Wooster made three straight hitting errors in one stretch, and Juliana Anderson’s ace ended the run. Wooster closed to 20-13, but kills by the Anderson girls and Roberts closed it out. Juliana Anderson had four kills in the game.
Wooster led 9-8 in the third set, but Carson scored 14 of the next 17 for a commanding 22-12 lead. Roberts had four kills in that span, and Tucker and Juliana Anderson served up aces. Wooster did close to 24-18 before CHS put it away.
Maw is thankful his team will have a few days to recharge its battery before next week’s showdowns.
“It’s going to be a tough week,” Maw said. “We’ve done better than I thought we would, especially given the fact that we put in the new offense. The girls have shown their athleticism. They have great team chemistry, and that’s been a big thing.”