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Farwell strikers thump Harrison with balanced attack

By Ben Murphy

Farwell spread the wealth around Wednesday night, using a balanced attack to sweep visiting Harrison 25-12, 25-14 and 25-20 in Jack Pine Conference volleyball.

“I’m always happy to get a win, we just didn’t have the same focus that we had on Monday against Houghton Lake,” Farwell head coach Jacob Sullivan said. “The tempo of the game was a lot slower. We didn’t do as well as I wanted to in keeping the pace going and intensity high.”

The Hornets took an early lead in the first set, going up 1-0 on a block by Ashleigh Woolston and went up 3-0 on back-to-back aces by Katelyn Sherrick.

Kendra Robison helped Farwell get going by getting a kill that brought the Eagles within 7-6 and Robison added a block to put Farwell up 8-7.

Lauren Ringwalt fired an ace to put Farwell up 11-7 and Robison closed off the run with a kill at 15-8.

Farwell pulled ahead 16-12 on a Harrison attack error and closed out the set with nine straight service points by Robison. Robison had one ace during the run and Caron White closed out the set with a spike-kill at 25-12.

Briannah Mercer started the second set off with a spike and Ringwalt added a block to put Farwell up 2-0, with Mercer later adding an ace that made it 6-1.

White had a strong serving run in the set, getting three aces, with the third making it 12-5.

Mercer added another spike to make it 21-10 and Becca Howard had an ace that put the score to 23-10.

“All four seniors played well tonight,” Sullivan said. “Howard and Mercer stepped in and played full games. They stepped up and played well all the way through.”

After an attack error put Farwell up 24-10, the Hornets rallied to make it 24-14, behind an ace by Mackenzie Lincoln and a spike by Woolston.

Harrison committed a service there after that, giving Farwell the second set at 25-14.

“We’ve had a few things happen to us so we’ve moved a few people around,” Harrison head coach Larry Flemming said. “We had some good things happen tonight. We had some hitters hit well and some good coverage.”

White had a block and Kate Saupe had an ace giving Farwell a 2-0 lead in the third set, though a spike by Haley Sulla gave Harrison a short-lived 5-4 lead.

Harrison committed a net-foul that tied the game at 5-5 and the Eagles took control of the match yet again, getting a pair of aces by White and a kill by Saupe to pull ahead 9-5.

Robison added a pair of aces midway through the set, with Mercer and White both adding spike-kills.

Alexis LaChappa had a pair of kills late in the set that brought Harrison within 22-17 but a Saupe tip-kill closed out the night at 25-20.

“We’re definitely a team of focus and it wasn’t there tonight,” Sullivan said. “We didn’t shine like we can but we got the job done.”

White finished with four kills, nine digs, 12 points and five aces, Saupe had six digs and three kills, Robison had three kills and two blocks, Ringwalt had 14 assists, 12 points, one ace and one block, On Monday Farwell won in Houghton Lake 26-24, 25-23 and 25-13 in JPC play.

“We played with great intensity,” Sullivan said. “Our serving was excellent and that led us to keep our head in the game and pass the ball great as well. When we pass the ball well we are able to run our offense and put points on the board. We played tough at the net and Dani Hanna took care of digging up lots of balls that got around our blocks. Everyone played well and that allowed us to get the win.”

White led the Eagles with 12 kills and six digs, Ringwalt had 14 assists and Dani Hanna had 11 digs. Saupe added three aces, three blocks, three kills and six digs, Mercer had three kills and Theisen had two.

Woolston led the Hornets with eight kills, one dig and three blocks, Sulla had five kills and two digs, Lincoln had four kills and one dig, LaChappa had two kills and one block and Katelyn Sherrick had four assists.

“LaChappa, she’s starting to come around, she’s hitting the ball and getting the blocks,” Flemming said. “Sulla never lets us down, she plays hard from beginning to the end of the game.”

On Monday the Lady Hornets hosted Gladwin, falling 25-13, 25-19 and 25-17.

The Hornets served at 82 percent and were led by Haley Sulla with seven aces, Katelyn Sherrick had four, with Danielle Cullen and Ashliegh Woolston adding two.

Sulla added 10 kills and Alexis LaChappa had nine.

“I moved Courtney King from the middle hitter to setter and I think the team came out just a tough better,” Flemming said. “King has been one of these players that can be moved around on the court.”

Farwell (15-17-2, 5-6 JPC) plays at the Gladwin JPC quad on Wednesday while Harrison (0-11 JPC) plays at Clare the same night.

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