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Tigers coast to conference wins over Laporte, Blackduck

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Riley Hanson's 30 kills and 13 service aces led the Nevis volleyball team to a pair of easy Northland Conference victories.

Hanson had 15 kills and eight aces in a 25-11, 25-9, 25-7 win over Laporte Tuesday night at the Tiger Arena while Hanson's 15 kills and five aces sparked the Tigers to a 25-13, 25-11, 25-17 win over Blackduck last Thursday night.

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Megan Norby had 10 kills, Hannah Bliss and Denia Brown had five kills each, and Katie Becker had four kills in the win over Laporte. Olivia Toft served six aces and had 17 service points and 30 set assists while Becker led the way with nine digs in that match. Laporte fell to 3-4 in the conference and 7-10 overall.

In the win over Blackduck, Norby had eight kills while Bliss and Melissa Stenberg had four kills each. Norby (11) and Kate Dierkhising (10) combined for 21 service points, Toft had 26 set assists, and Hanson and Savannah Gatewood had seven digs each. Blackduck fell to 1-4 in conference matches and 4-14 overall.

Those two wins lifted the Tigers to 4-0 in the conference and 12-3-1 overall. Nevis is rated No. 6 in this week's state Class A poll.

Nevis statistics vs. Laporte

Attacks: Becker 9 (4 kills), Bliss 8 (5 kills), Stenberg 5 (1 kill), Brown 9 (5 kills), Toft 1 (1 kill), Hanson 23 (15 kills), Norby 18 (10 kills).

Serving: Hass 2 for 2, Becker 10 for 10 (1 ace), Bliss 5 for 6 (1 ace), Toft 22 for 22 (6 aces), Dierkhising 4 for 6 (1 ace), Hanson 19 for 19 (8 aces), Vedbraaten 1 for 1, Norby 9 for 10 (2 aces).

Service points: Toft 17, Hanson 13, Becker 7, Norby 7, Bliss 5, Dierkhising 2, Hass 1.

Assisted blocks: Hanson 5, Bliss 3, Brown 2, Toft 2, Norby 1.

Sets: Hass 1, Becker 1, Bliss 5, Toft 58 (30 assists), Hanson 4 (1 assist), Norby 2 (1 assist).

Digs: Becker 9, Norby 7, Vedbraaten 5, Hanson 4, Toft 3, Gatewood 3, Bliss 2, Stenberg 1, Brown 1, Dierkhising 1.

Nevis statistics vs. Blackduck

Attacks: Becker 11 (3 kills), Bliss 11 (4 kills), Stenberg 10 (4 kills), Brown 5 (2 kills), Toft 3 (2 kills), Hanson 22 (15 kills), Norby 22 (8 kills).

Serving: Becker 2 for 4, Bliss 3 for 7 (1 ace), Stenberg 3 for 4, Brown 0 for 1, Toft 13 for 15 (2 aces), Dierkhising 13 for 14 (3 aces), Hanson 10 for 11 (5 aces), Vedbraaten 1 for 1, Norby 17 for 18 (2 aces).

Service points: Norby 11, Dierkhising 10, Toft 9, Hanson 7, Bliss 3, Stenberg 2, Becker 1.

Solo blocks: Brown 1, Hanson 1.

Assisted blocks: Hanson 3, Becker 1, Brown 1, Norby 1.

Sets: Becker 1 (1 assist), Bliss 3 (1 assist), Toft 62 (26 assists), Hanson 2 (1 assist), Vedbraaten 1 (1 assist), Norby 6 (1 assist).

Digs: Hanson 7, Gatewood 7, Stenberg 6, Norby 5, Becker 3, Hass 2, Bliss 2, Brown 1, Vedbraaten 1.

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