Mohawk volleyball cruises to 3-0 victory over Hesperia

Morley Stanwood volleyball sweeps Hesperia with Kayla Rosman out sick

MORLEY — The Morley Stanwood volleyball team has a new banner in the high school gym this season that reads “Tradition Never Graduates,” a nod to the Mohawks’ continued success with 11-straight Central State Activities Association (CSAA) titles. They proved their motto true on Wednesday night as they rolled over Hesperia, 3-0, at home with team leader and Miss Volleyball finalist Kayla Rosman out sick.

CLEARANCE: Morley Stanwood’s Mallory Raven (right) hits the ball over Hesperia’s Caitlin David (left) as she goes up for the block attempt on Wednesday at Morley Stanwood High School. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

CLEARANCE: Morley Stanwood’s Mallory Raven (right) hits the ball over Hesperia’s Caitlin David (left) as she goes up for the block attempt on Wednesday at Morley Stanwood High School. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

“Honestly, it was a good opportunity to see what the team could do,” Morley Stanwood coach Robin Kozuch said. “In that respect, I was really happy with how we played. It was a good test to see how they would pull together and who would step up for leadership and I was really happy with the performance of the girls (Wednesday).”

The Mohawks rolled to the 3-0 win (25-11, 25-9, 25-10) to remain undefeated in CSAA play this season as they started out quick in the first set with Lindsey Veersma serving her squad to an 11-4 advantage, forcing a Hesperia time out.

The Panthers struggled out of the break to get a clean bump on the ball, sending a number of returns out of bounds as Mekayla Carey led her team down the stretch with a block to give the Mohawks the first set at 25-11.

In the second set, Carey continued to step up for the Mohawks with two aces as she served her team out to a 9-3 lead. Mallory Raven also stepped up in Rosman’s absence, racking up a few kills as the Mohawks pushed the lead to 16-5.

“I definitely (tried to fill in for Kayla),” Raven said. “Kayla is a giant player for our team and having to step into that role (Wednesday) was intimidating at first, but then it got fun.”

After another Hesperia time out, Destiny Kuzee served the Mohawks up to a 23-7 lead. The Panthers tallied two more points, but the Mohawks took the second set, 25-9.

Hesperia enjoyed a 2-1 lead in the third set, but Raven Hoskins came on to serve the Mohawks to a 4-2 lead. The Mohawks rode the momentum to a 9-4 advantage on a block by Ali Quilitzsch before Hesperia was forced to call another time out. However, the Mohawks wouldn’t relent as they took the third set, 25-10, to complete the conference sweep.

Veersma led the Mohawks with seven aces and 18 assists, while Carey added eight kills and six digs. Destiny and Demi Kuzee each had three aces apiece while Raven added five kills.

“I think we’re really trying to work hard at playing error-free volleyball and playing technically sound volleyball,” Kozuch said. “That’s been our focus this whole last week of practice and we really saw that Wednesday.”

The Mohawks (27-7-1, 7-0 CSAA Silver) host their second Mohawk Invitational tournament of the season featuring nine teams on Saturday.

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