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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Rebels sweep Rangers in three


The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels hosted, improved to 19-8 and advanced in the first round of Section 7AA volleyball action as they swept the Crosby-Ironton Rangers on Wednesday, October 22. Adri Jusczak had nine kills and solo blocks to lead the attack. Karina Cisar also had nine kills. Scarlett Anderson added four aces. Lauren Ross had 21 set assists and Libbie Ring had 10 digs.

Kylie Monson aced but then erred for CI. Ross aced. Kaitlyn Johnson tipped around a block, Sofia Della Pace killed and a Rebel carried. Johnson erred on attack but Cisar erred on serve. Ross set Sage Gerard and the Rebels took a 6-5 lead as Ross set Jusczak for a kill to the back line.

The Rangers muffed a pass and committed a setting mistake. Jessica Ameson got a cross court kill to the corner and Maddie Lattery exchanged an ace for an error. Jusczak tried unsuccessfully to set but Ross tipped and a carry on the Rangers and a Ross set to Anderson made it 10-9, MLWR.

Anderson was long on serve. Jamie Nelson tipped but Ross pushed for 11-11. Ross set Cisar but Gabby Bennett missed her serve. Ross set Gerard near the middle row. With CI blowing a pass, Anderson acing and Johnson netting a try, the Rangers took a break down 12-16.

Ross set Cisar, Maddie Ross dug and CI hit long. Two aces by Anderson prompted another Rangers time out as they were down 12-20.

Cisar was called in the net. Ross set Ring for a tip and the Rangers blew a pass. Jusczak blocked and Johnson netted a try. Jusczak set Cisar and Johnson hit long as the game ended 25-13 for the Rebels.

Ross began game two with an ace and the Rangers failed to communicate on a pass. Jusczak missed just wide on an attack, but Ross set Cisar, the Rangers netted a try and Cisar aced. After a very long volley, it was Jusczak with a soft kill on the side. Della Pace and Jusczak traded solid attacks. Nelson set Della Pace, Becca Sharp pushed and Johnson set Della Pace. With Anderson netting a try and Della Pace acing, the Rebels called time down 8-12.

MLWR missed a pass and Della Pace aced again. Ross tipped and Cisar got a give-me to take care. Anderson erred on serve. Skyler Hoffmann and CI had a bad pass but Ross muffed a set and MLWR struggled to pass. Cyan Hale tipped and down 11-18, MLWR called time.

Ross set Jusczak and Jusczak attacked and Johnson tipped out. Ameson hit out and CI called time with its lead dwindled to 18-5. Cisar aced and Hale hit the antenna. Two hits on the Rangers knotted it up at 18-18 and the Rebels took the lead with a Ross to Jusczak connection. Cisar aced again. Maddie Ross made a great dig but a Rebel was called over the net. Jusczak made a smart cross court tip for 21-19.

Jusczak got blocked but four hits went on CI and with Ellie Riihiluoma acing, the Rangers called time down 20-23. Anderson blocked, but Mariah Melenich killed for 21-24. Ross set Gerard for a kill off a block as the Rebels took the tough game 25-21 and went up 2-0 for the match.

Nelson served but it was a beauty of a fake and set from Ross to Cisar for a kill. The Rangers got a kill but erred on serve. Another Ranger killed but CI was in the net on a Jusczak kill. Two hits was called on Ross for 3-3 but Lattery erred on serve. CI blew a pass and Riihiluoma set Gerard. A Ranger pushed out but Nelson killed. Ross set Anderson and CI hit into the ceiling. Nelson blew a bump. Ross to Anderson went long. Cisar racked up an attack for 10-5.

Ross set Cisar and down 5-11, the Rangers called time. Maddie Ross tipped for 12-5 and Lauren Ross set Cisar. A Ranger killed and after a very long volley Della Pace crushed one. The Rebels blew a pass but a Ranger erred on serve. Cisar got a block, the Rebels failed to communicate, Melenich blocked Jusczak, but a Ranger erred on serve again. Cisar attacked, but Della Pace countered. Gerard missed a try but Ring and Jusczak perfectly executed a nifty run around play for 18-11.

With Ring getting a give-me to take down the Rangers called time down 11-19. CI had a bad pass but Ross erred on serve. Lattery missed her serve, but a Ranger tipped and two hits went on Anderson. A beauty of a dig by Ring went for a winner and 22-14. Gerard aced. Nelson hit long and a Ranger bad pass ended it at 25-14, 3-0 as MLWR advanced to host round two, meeting the victor of Mora vs. Pine City in Mora on Friday, October 24.

The Mora Mustangs — a state tournament team in 2013 — would subsequently eliminate the 20-win Rebels in three straight games.


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