CALUMET - Since the advent of rally scoring in prep volleyball in 2005, it is possible to score points while not serving. However, doing something with the serve is still basically mandatory to win.
Calumet wasn't about to let West Iron do that Tuesday and strolled off with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-12) win in its home opener.
Calumet didn't have any monstrous runs, scoring seven straight points once and five in a row three times, but West Iron didn't have any runs. The Wykons never scored more than two consecutive points.
Calumet’s Kayleen Anderson (5)?and Ellen Twardzik put up a double block against a West Iron County attack during Tuesday’s home match. Calumet swept, 3-0. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)
Calumet’s Grace Hyrkas goes down to a knee to pass the ball during the Copper Kings’ 3-0 win over West Iron County Tuesday. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)
"I thought they did a great job staying in system and attacking the ball," coach Lisa Twardzik said of the Copper Kings.
Ellen Twardzik racked up a match-best 11 kills for Calumet.
As sure-handed as Calumet was at passing serve, it made serve receive difficult on the visitors, recording at least one ace in each of the first four rotations, plus two more on senior Molly Loukus' second trip to the service line.
"Molly did a great job splitting the passers," coach Twardzik said.
Calumet setter Kayleen Anderson recorded five aces and Loukus four.
West Iron scored just once on its own serve in the first set, but Calumet didn't hit the gas pedal until the end, scoring five in a row on Anderson's serve.
The Copper Kings maintained their stranglehold on the match early in set two, leading 11-1 in the early going. Again West Iron strung together multiple points just once.
In the third, West Iron led for the only time all night (1-0), but was down 10-3 minutes later and on the bus home soon after.
"There were some corrections that we saw from film that we're still working on and some have done a good job as far as getting to their defensive positions or knowing their defensive responsibilities," coach Twardzik said.
Kristy Lasanen led Calumet with four digs. Anderson dished out 24 assists.
Calumet is idle until Sept. 6, when the Copper Kings visit Chassell. West Iron won the JV match, 2-1.