Area Volleyball: Pirates, Tigers advance in 5-1A

Three area teams hit the hardcourt for section volleyball.

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Verndale 3, Swanville 1

VERNDALE — Reagan Ludovissie posted 10 kills, 10 set assists and seven digs as the No. 2 seeded Verndale Pirates eliminated No. 3 Swanville 3-1 in the Section 5-1A Quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 28.

Taylor Johnson led the Pirates with 17 digs and Mallory Uselman added 14 set assists, 6 digs and four kills.

Swanville 12 22 25 18

Verndale 25 25 23 25

Verndale statistics

Katie Blaha 13 kills, 1 ace serve, 11 digs, 3 blocks

Reagen Ludovissie 10 kills, 10 set assists, 1 ace serve, 7 digs, 1 block

Mallory Uselman 4 kills, 14 set assists, 3 ace serves, 6 digs, 2 blocks

Olivia Olsson 4 kills, 1 ace serve, 2 blocks

Kendra Captain 3 kills, 5 digs 2 blocks

Aubrey Hess 2 kills, 1 block

Sarah Elfstrum 5 kills

Taylor Johnson 17 digs

Overall: V 12-15. Next: Verndale vs. Nevis/Laporte winner in Section 5-1A Quarterfinals at Menahga 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Pine River-Backus 3, McGregor 0

PINE RIVER — Cate Travis racked up 12 digs and nine ace serves to lead the top-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers to a 3-0 sweep of the No. 4 McGregor Mercs in the Section 5-1A Quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 29.

Alura Dahl recorded 30 set assists and three ace serves. Hannah Barchus also finished with three ace serves to go with eight kills and nine digs for the Tigers.


McGregor 10 12 9

Pine River-Backus 25 25 25

Pine River-Backus statistics

Hannah Barchus 2 digs, 9 kills, 1 block, 3 ace serves

Kassidy Bristow 9 digs, 8 kills, 2 blocks, 3 ace serves

Cate Travis 12 digs, 1 kill, 9 ace serves

Brianna Hanneken 1 set assist, 1 dig, 6 kills, 1 ace serve

Debren Popkes 7 digs, 1 kill, 2 blocks

Averie Sawyer 2 digs, 3 kills

Ashley Shamp 1 kill

Maegan Irish 1 kill

Alaura Dahl 3 set assists, 2 digs, 3 ace serves

Kaitlyn Rilea 3 digs

Caylei Johnson 1 kill

Maddy Knapp 5 digs

Ariana Burns 2 digs, 2 kills

Overall: PRB 24-4. Next: Pine River-Backus vs. Braham/Ogilvie winner in Section 5-1A Quarterfinals at Aitkin 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Greenway 3, Aitkin 0

COLERAINE — Jessica Much and Emma Ostrowski both finished with 18 digs as the No. 4 seeded Aitkin Gobblers fell to top-seeded Greenway in the Section 7-2A Quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 29

Baylie O’Neil finished with six kills and six digs and Teagan Piecek led the Gobblers with eight kills.

Greenway 25 26 25

Aitkin 15 24 18

Aitkin statistics

Madison Hamilton 6 digs, 1 kill, 7 set assists

Abigail Palm 6 digs, 7 set assists

Jessica Much 18 digs, 3 set assists

Brooke Zubke 2 digs, 2 blocks

Hannah Jones 1 dig, 1 kill

Savannah Holm 1 kill, 1 block

Emma Ostrowski 18 digs

Baylie O’Neil 6 digs, 6 kills

Emma Miles 1 kill

Kendall Ratz 3 digs, 3 kills

MacKenzie Hamilton 1 ace serve, 9 digs

Teagan Piecek 8 kills

Overall: A 13-15. Next: Aitkin vs. Mesabi East/International Falls winner in Section 7-2A Semifinals at Hermantown 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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