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Katelyn Hilmanowski received a serve during Tuesday night's match against Pine River-Backus.

Kelley, Howard lift PR-B to 3-1 win over Panthers

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Kelley, Howard lift PR-B to 3-1 win over Panthers
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Brittany Kelley's 11 kills and four ace serves and Journee Howard's nine kills led Pine River-Backus to a 25-13, 21-25, 25-14, 25-14 win over the Park Rapids volleyball team Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.

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In Set 1, an ace serve by Mady Vaudrin, three winning spikes by Megan Grimes and a tip by Grace Bateman had the Panthers even at 11-11. Megan Felthous then served 10 straight points to give Pine River-Backus the set. Kelley had two kills and a block while Liz Downie had a kill for the Tigers during that stretch.

A pair of blocks by Vaudrin, an ace serve by Morgan Dean, a kill by Katie Olson, an ace serve by Vaudrin, a block by Shania Johnson, a winning spike by Bateman and a pair of ace serves by Justine Rittgers gave the Panthers a 13-9 lead in Set 2. Two kills by Dean, a kill by Vaudrin and a pair of ace serves by Bateman extended the lead to 18-11. Kills by Bateman and Grimes and an ace serve by Olson helped the Panthers even the match.

Kills by Johnson, Vaudrin and Grimes kept the Panthers within 7-4 in Set 3. PR-B went on an 18-10 run to close out the set. Winning tips by Dean and Vaudrin and kills by Johnson and Alayna Young led the Panthers during that stretch.

The Tigers jumped out to a 17-6 lead in Set 4 to help end the match. A spike by Vaudrin, a tip by Ashley Thelen and an ace serve by Young made it 22-14 before PR-B served out the match.

Park Rapids fell to 3-9 on the season while PR-B improved to 10-4.

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