LEROY – Pine River’s volleyball team made quick work of McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Tuesday (Oct. 2) 25-14, 25-15, 25-17.

The Bucks built big leads in each game and held back surges from the Comets to pull off the sweep.

“We were kind of flat a little bit tonight,” said Pine River coach Jana Dennis. “We definitely didn’t show our potential but we had some good moments.”

Pine River had a ginger 14-11 lead in the first game. The Bucks went on a 6-1 run with Cayman Gatt getting a kill for the 20-14 lead. Kassy Nelson added an ace for a 23-14 lead and Jamie Justin followed with back-to-back kills.

In the second game, Elizabeth Whitley had a kill for the Bucks and a 17-10 lead. Nelson added a kill and three service points for a 21-11 lead. Whitley had a kill for the Bucks’ 25th point.

In the third game, Whitley served two aces and a 15-6 lead. The Bucks added six more points and led 24-15 on Justin’s ace. A team block produced the match point.

“We wanted to beat NMC in three games and accomplished that goal,” Dennis said. “However we really never seemed to get into a good flow. Things were a little unfocused at times. We struggled with keeping a consistent game. We recognize that we still have some work to do and are constantly working on ways to improve.“

Whitley had six kills, 11 aces and 17 assists for the Bucks, followed by Gatt with five kills and nine digs and Nelson with seven kills, 12 digs and four aces.

“We did not play to our full potential whatsoever,” Nelson said. “We’ve had our ups and downs. I finally think we’re on our up part of the season and getting rid of the downs.”

Consistency and keeping a high level of intensity are among the main goals right now for the Bucks, Dennis said

“It’s the little things like placing the ball better,” she said.

The Bucks are 3-1 in the Highland Conference and 27-13-2 overall.