Wolves blank FP in v’ball regionals

CRYSTAL FALLS—After the excitement of winning its 18th straight district tournament, Forest Park’s volleyball team headed to Westwood for the Class D regional tournament on Nov. 8—and got flattened by Carney-Nadeau 3-0, ending its season.
    The Wolves won on scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-15. Carney lost to Munising 3-2 on Nov. 10 in the regional finals—the Mustangs advance to this week’s quarterfinals.
    “Carney covered the floor well and didn’t make many mistakes tonight,” FP coach Ana Cornelia said later. “It was a tough loss.”
    She cited mental mistakes and errors by her team. Carney-Nadeau had easily won a regular season match between the two teams earlier this fall.
    This time, the Trojans led 4-1 early in the first set, but Carney scored nine of the next 10 and followed that with runs of six and five points to put the first set away.
    The Wolves held a slender 12-11 lead midway through the second set but took command after that, scoring 13 of the next 18 points to go up 2-0 in the match.
    More of the same in the third set. The Lady Trojans focused hard and were just a point behind Carney, which led 11-10. But the Wolves again surged ahead with a four-point stand and wrapped up the victory by scoring six straight.
    Taylor Honkala had four kills for FP, and Sydney Honkala and Mercedes Simmons both had three.
    “Our team has improved tremendously from the first practice to the end of our season,” Cornelia said. She cited the leadership and dedication of the team’s seniors, which “will help those that follow in their footsteps.”
    “I’m honored to have coached such a great group.”