Back-to-back sweeps lift Ely girls to 3-1 record

by Tom Coombe

Ely’s high school volleyball team had little trouble with two conference opponents last week.<BR><BR>The Timberwolves swept Babbitt-Embarrass and Orr in Arrowhead Conference play to run their record to 3-1 for the season.<BR><BR>The serving game was on Thursday at the high school gymnasium, as Christa Streit pounded home 10 ace serves in a 25-8, 25-14, 25-15 sweep of Orr.<BR><BR>“We had great serving for the night and our hitting was on,” said Ely Head Coach Mindy LaTourell.<BR><BR>Two nights earlier, Streit had five kills and Barb Klun contributed 24 set assists in a 25-6, 25-17, 25-21 triumph at Babbitt-Embarrass.<BR><BR>The Wolves got off to a strong start at Babbitt, dominating the first game and setting the stage for the night.<BR><BR>“We had a lot of different people contribute, so it was a nice opportunity for everybody to contribute a little bit to the match,” said LaTourell.<BR><BR>Jackie Lekatz came up with five ace serves and four kills for Ely, and Kelsey Ivancich recorded three ace serves.<BR><BR>Rafaela Cavalcante contributed eight set assists, while Carlotta Rodino, Janae Baier and Jill Meier had two kills apiece for Ely.<BR><BR>“It was a good game for us to be mentally tough in,” said LaTourell. “There was a lot of stoppage in play where the girls had to recover and react to it.”<BR><BR>After a lopsided loss in the first game, the Lady Knights (0-4) made the second and third contests much closer.<BR><BR>Bobbi Waisanen had two ace serves, seven kills and four digs for the hosts, while teammate Tara Roarty had a pair of kills and 11 set assists.<BR><BR>Karena Weber wound up with two kills and seven digs. Jolene Schreffler contributed three digs.<BR><BR>The Orr match followed a similar pattern. <BR><BR>Ely again dominated the first game and had closer battles in the second and third games.<BR><BR>Klun again set up the offense, finishing with a match-high 18 assists and adding three ace serves.<BR><BR>Rodino had eight ace serves to go with four kills.<BR><BR>Cavalcante netted eight assists and Meier finished with three kills.<BR><BR>The Wolves have a big week ahead.<BR><BR>They meet Section 7AA rival Greenway tonight in Coleraine, and after Thursday’s home meeting with Cherry, they go to Cromwell Saturday for a tournament.