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Volleyball Roundup-Cards creep by rival Rebels

A weekly grocery shopper in nearby Moose Lake, Lori Wester said she'll proudly wear her Cromwell-Wright apparel during her next trip to the store. That's because Wester and her Cardinals volleyball team toppled neighboring Moose Lake-Willow River...

Collman goes for a kill
Ann Collman of Cromwell-Wright goes up for a kill against Moose Lake-Willow River blockers Karina Cisar (9) and Jodi Michalski (15) Tuesday night. The Cardinals and Rebels played to a 25-16, 25-18, 18-25, 25-27, 15-10 Cromwell-Wright win. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

A weekly grocery shopper in nearby Moose Lake, Lori Wester said she'll proudly wear her Cromwell-Wright apparel during her next trip to the store.

That's because Wester and her Cardinals volleyball team toppled neighboring Moose Lake-Willow River 3-2 (25-16, 25-18, 18-25, 25-27, 15-10) in a Polar League nail-biter Tuesday evening at Moose Lake High School.

The Cardinals cruised to a pair of opening set wins, dropped the third and fourth with poor passing, and survived the fifth frame, as senior Christina Stenson's late serve hit the tape of the net and fell to the floor for the final point.

"Every win is big, especially when it's in five games," said Cromwell-Wright senior hitter Ann Collman. "It's just an adrenaline rush."

The Cardinals (8-4) have rushed to a strong record this fall. Coaching the program since 1996, Wester noted her team revolves around seniors Collman and Stenson and stealthy hitters Brittany Johnson and Kayle Johnson.

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"They keep us going," Wester said of the quartet of point producers. "I think they are realizing it's their senior year and they don't want to be done yet."

Collman agreed, explaining she and her teammates spent plenty of time in the gym this summer playing volleyball, basketball and lifting weights. Noting they have altered lineups commonly throughout this year, Collman said they are aiming to win their first postseason match in the last several seasons.

"Then we just want to keep playing, playing and playing," said the 5-foot-7 Collman. "We've been changing it around a bit, but are adapting and playing super-well. We're looking to climb the rankings and get past that first round of the playoffs. We can all hit, pass and pretty much play anywhere."

Collman carried Cromwell-Wright in digs Tuesday, while kills-leader Brittany Johnson attacked the net to back Allie Cahoon's multiple set assists in the Cardinals' fourth win in five matches. Meanwhile, ML-WR was guided by Karina Cisar, Andrea Youngberg, Miranda Jacobson and Adri Jusczak. Both teams are back in Polar League action Thursday at home and away next Tuesday.

In her return from a broken fibula suffered during summer basketball, Jusczak had some highlight-reel hits Tuesday, noted Rebels Coach Beckie Jackson. ML-WR (6-12) muscled back Tuesday, but fell short.

"It was a bummer, but we should have taken care of things," Jackson said. "We're slow starters and take too long to get aggressive; that makes it tough. I was proud of our third and fourth games, but we needed to start better tonight."

AREA ROUNDUP:

Barnum (2-12) battled with Cook County, yet fell 3-2 to the Vikings in a Polar League bout Tuesday night in Barnum. The Bombers, losers of eight of their last nine matches, have been led offensively this season by MJ Anderson, Kelsey Wickstrom and Lauren Hultgren, and defensively by Sage Miletich.

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Cloquet (10-9) cruised past Crosby-Ironton in a quick nonconference road sweep Tuesday evening in Crosby, Minn. The Lumberjacks, which took fourth at the Virginia Invitational Saturday, were carried by Sammy Zeadow's seven kills, four digs and pair of ace serves. Alex Oakes also posted 27 set assists, feeding multiple kills to heavy hitters Kassidy Steen and Olivia Mayasich.

Fond du Lac Ojibwe (7-2) obliterated their opponents last week, including sweeps of Nay-Ah-Shing and Maranatha Academy Thursday and Friday night in Cloquet. Coach Dale Sautbine highlighted the play of Jocelyn Sayers, Kaitlyn Miller, Jaelisa Northrup, Shana Peacock and Faryn Wilson for the Ogichidaa.

Michalski
Jodi Michalski of Moose Lake-Willow River makes a pass in Tuesday's matchup against Moose Lake-Willow River. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

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