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Park Rapids' Ashley Thelen lunged to make a pass during Tuesday night's match against Nevis.

Tigers attack Panthers in debut

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Tigers attack Panthers in debut
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Nevis capitalized on 30 kills and 19 ace serves to open the volleyball season with a 25-7, 25-12, 25-12 win at Park Rapids Tuesday night.

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An ace serve by Norby, three kills by Katie Becker and a kill by Norby were followed by a pair of aces and six service points by Becker as Nevis jumped out to a 17-4 lead in Set 1. Two more kills by Norby and a kill by Riley Hanson closed out the opening set.

A kill by Denia Brown, an ace serve by Kate Dierkhising, a block by Hanson and four service points by Olivia Toft, including two aces, sparked the Tigers to a quick 11-2 lead in Set 2. Megan Grimes' kill kept the Panthers close at 12-6 before kills by Brown, Norby and Hanson gave Nevis a 22-11 lead. A pair of ace serves by Dierkhising closed out the second set.

In Set 3, Grace Bateman had a winning tip to pull Park Rapids to within 5-3 before a kill by Hanson, two kills by Norby, and an ace serve and five service points by Amanda Hass gave Nevis a 14-5 advantage. Bateman and Brighton Robbins served aces for the Panthers, but Nevis responded with a winning tip by Toft and a kill by Hanson during a seven-point run on Dierkhising's serve for a 22-9 edge. Kills by Hanson and Hannah Bliss offset a pair of kills by Megan Grimes as the Tigers closed out the match.

Norby led the Tigers with 10 kills, six ace serves and nine digs while Hanson added 10 kills and seven digs. Toft added four ace serves and 21 set assists while Dierkhising had four ace serves.

Bateman's three service points and two set assists, Grimes' four kills, Ashley Thelen's five digs, and Mady Vaudrin's four solo blocks and four assisted blocks led the Panthers.

Park Rapids statistics

Serving: Bateman 9 for 9 (1 ace), Rittgers 2 for 3, Vaudrin 4 for 5, Johnson 5 for 5, Hilmanowski 3 for 4, Grimes 3 for 4, Young 1 for 1, Robbins 3 for 3 (1 ace).

Service points: Bateman 3, Johnson 1, Hilmanowski 1, Robbins 1.

Attacks: Bateman 3 (1 kill), Rittgers 6, Vaudrin 12 (2 kills), Johnson 3, Hilmanowski 4, Grimes 14 (4 kills), Thelen 1, Dean 2, Young 1, Wolff 4.

Sets: Bateman 16 (2 assists), Rittgers 2, Vaudrin 1 (1 assist), Johnson 11, Wolff 1.

Digs: Bateman 3, Rittgers 3, Vaudrin 4, Johnson 1, Hilmanowski 2, Grimes 2, Thelen 5, Wolff 1, Melott 1.

Solo blocks: Vaudrin 4, Grimes 1.

Assisted blocks: Bateman 2, Rittgers 1, Vaudrin 4, Grimes 2, Dean 1, Young 1, Wolff 1.

Serve receive: Bateman 2 for 4, Rittgers 9 for 15, Vaudrin 5 for 9, Hilmanowski 2 for 9, Grimes 7 for 10, Thelen 4 for 9, Robbins 1 for 2, Wolff 0 for 1, Melott 1 for 3.

Nevis statistics

Serving: Hass 6 for 6 (1 ace), Becker 8 for 8 (2 aces), Bliss 8 for 9 (1 ace), Toft 10 for 12 (4 aces), Dierkhising 11 for 13 (4 aces), Hanson 5 for 6 (1 ace), Norby 10 for 13 (6 aces), Gatewood 1 for 1.

Attacks: Becker 7 (3 kills), Bliss 3 (1 kill), Stenberg 2 (1 kill), Brown 7 (4 kills), Toft 2 (1 kill), Dierkhising 1, Hanson 18 (10 kills), Norby 17 (10 kills).

Sets: Hass 1, Bliss 3 (1 assist), Brown 1, Toft 44 (21 assists), Hanson 2, Norby 1, Gatewood 1.

Digs: Hass 3, Becker 3, Toft 4, Dierkhising 4, Hanson 7, Norby 9, Gatewood 5.

Solo blocks: Hanson 1.

Assisted blocks: Becker 1, Bliss 1, Stenberg 1, Toft 1, Hanson 3, Norby 1.

Serve receive: Hass 1 for 1, Becker 3 for 7, Bliss 0 for 1, Brown 1 for 1, Dierkhising 1 for 1, Hanson 8 for 8, Norby 6 for 7, Gatewood 9 for 12.

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