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Riley Hanson (right) had 33 kills in Nevis' loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrose in Saturday's Section 5A championship match.

Gruber, B-B-E prevent Tigers from returning to state tournament

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For the third year in a row, Nevis and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa battled for the Section 5A volleyball title.

For the second time in the last three years, B-B-E captured the section title and advanced to the state Class A tournament.

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Maggie Gruber's 24 kills and three blocks led the Jaguars to a 25-22, 26-28, 27-25, 26-24 victory over Nevis Saturday night at Pierz in the section title match.

Brittany Roelike and Shyan Kuefler had 12 kills apiece and Taylor Braegelman added nine kills for B-B-E, which advanced to the state tournament with a 23-match winning streak and 27-2 overall record. Julie Hieserich served three aces and 14 points and had 49 set assists while Roelike served two aces and 10 points for B-B-E. Raeann Sorenson (15), Braegelman (15), Roelike (13) and Brittany Winter (11) all had double digits in digs for the Jaguars.

Riley Hanson had 33 kills and 17 digs, Megan Norby served six aces and had 23 kills and 18 digs, Katie Becker served 15 points, Olivia Toft tallied 42 set assists, Paige Walters had 16 digs and Annessa Feder had 12 digs for the Tigers, who ended the season with a 31-3 record.

B-B-E defeated Nevis 25-12, 26-24, 25-22 in the 2008 Section 5A title match while the Tigers earned their first trip to state by defeating the Jaguars 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 in last year's section title match. B-B-E also won the Section 5A title in 2007.

Nevis statistics

Serving: Becker 24 for 24 (2 aces), Toft 18 for 18 (2 aces), Walters 7 for 8 (1 ace), Feder 17 for 18 (1 ace), Hanson 11 for 11, Norby 16 for 17 (6 aces).

Service points: Becker 15, Toft 8, Norby 7, Feder 5, Walters 4, Hanson 4.

Attacks: Becker 1, Toft 6 (1 kill), Walters 17 (2 kills), Feder 13 (5 kills), Hanson 63 (33 kills), Norby 42 (23 kills).

Solo blocks: Walters 1, Feder 1, Hanson 1.

Assisted blocks: Norby 5, Walters 3, Feder 3, Hanson 2, Toft 1.

Set assists: Toft 42, Norby 3, Drury 2, Hanson 1.

Digs: Norby 18, Hanson 17, Walters 16, Feder 12, Becker 8, Toft 4.

Tigers roll past East Central

The Tigers coasted into the section championship match with a 25-19, 25-13, 25-6 win over East Central Thursday night at Pierz.

Hanson's 19 kills and 12 digs led the Tigers. Norby had nine kills and served seven aces with 19 points. Feder served three aces and Walters served two aces. Feder (12) and Becker (11) combined for 23 digs for Nevis.

Nevis statistics

Serving: Becker 6 for 7 (1 ace), Cain 4 for 4, Toft 11 for 13 (1 ace), Walters 7 for 8 (2 aces), Clark 1 for 1, Feder 7 for 8 (3 aces), Hanson 8 for 8 (1 ace), Norby 21 for 23 (7 aces).

Service points: Norby 19, Toft 9, Feder 5, Hanson 5, Becker 4, Cain 3, Walters 3.

Attacks: Becker 2, Toft 4 (3 kills), Walters 12 (4 kills), Feder 15 (6 kills), Hanson 32 (19 kills), Norby 31 (9 kills).

Assisted blocks: Becker 2, Feder 2, Norby 2, Carlson 1, Walters 1, Hanson 1.

Set assists: Toft 31, Becker 2.

Digs: Feder 12, Hanson 12, Becker 11, Norby 8, Walters 5, Toft 4, Cain 1, Clark 1.

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