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Quick starts spark Crookston by Panthers

Crookston jumped out to early leads in all three sets in handing the Park Rapids volleyball team a 25-21, 25-12, 25-20 setback Tuesday night at Crookston.

The host Pirates led 9-4 in Set 1, 14-3 in Set 2 and 4-0 in Set 3 in this match between Section 8AA rivals to improve to 3-5 with their third win in a row.

In Set 1, the Panthers trailed 16-10 before ace serves by Shania Johnson and Megan Grimes closed the gap to 22-20 before Crookston closed out the set.

The Pirates controlled Set 2 and led 16-11 in Set 3 before Mady Vaudrin served four points to tie the set at 18-18. Crookston then went on a 7-2 run to end the match.

Amber Froeber had 12 kills and five blocks, Emily Samuelson had 11 kills, Kaylee Derosier had nine kills and Taylor Demaris had 24 digs for the Pirates.

Vaudrin had five kills, three solo blocks and two ace serves, Grimes had five kills, and Grace Bateman (14) and Ashley Thelen (10) combined for 24 digs to lead the Panthers, who fell to 3-7 on the season.

Park Rapids statistics

Serving: Bateman 5 for 8, Rittgers 7 for 7, Vaudrin 9 for 10 (2 aces), Johnson 10 for 11 (2 aces), Hilmanowski 3 for 4, Grimes 4 for 6 (1 ace), Robbins 5 for 5, Wolff 1 for 1.

Attacks: Bateman 6 (1 kill), Rittgers 5, Vaudrin 20 (5 kills), Johnson 10 (1 kill), Hilmanowski 6 (1 kill), Grimes 18 (5 kills), Young 3, Robbins 4 (2 kills), Jerger 2.

Sets: Bateman 31 (3 assists), Rittgers 6, Vaudrin 2, Johnson 38 (4 assists), Grimes 3, Young 1, Robbins 1.

Digs: Bateman 14, Thelen 10, Rittgers 8, Vaudrin 7, Johnson 5, Robbins 4, Hilmanowski 3, Grimes 3, Melott 1.

Solo blocks: Vaudrin 3, Johnson 1, Grimes 1.

Assisted blocks: Vaudrin 3, Robbins 2, Johnson 1.

Serve receive: Bateman 0 for 1, Rittgers 5 for 11, Vaudrin 11 for 12, Johnson 3 for 3, Hilmanowski 3 for 5, Thelen 14 for 17, Young 2 for 3, Robbins 6 for 7, Melott 0 for 2.

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