Tigers defeat Verndale in Section 5A battle

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Ashley Pyburn's 12 kills and 11 digs and Andrea Dudley's 22 set assists, 16 digs and two blocks led the Nevis volleyball team to a key Section 5A North B victory over Verndale Tuesday night.

Kia Heide added nine kills and Sadie thurner had 17 digs as the Tigers posted a 25-18, 31-29, 25-19 win. Nevis improved to 2-0 in section matches and 5-4 overall.

Morgan Glenz had 17 kills and 16 digs while Mardi Ehrmantraut also had 16 digs for the Pirates, who fell to 3-2 in section matches and 5-9 overall.

Nevis statistics

Serves: Thurner 22 for 22, Felt 1 for 1, Swanda 1 for 2, Dudley 12 for 21, Viloria 6 for 6, Umthun 15 for 17, Pyburn 7 for 8, Baker 8 for 11.

Attacks: Thurner 4, Felt 3 (1 kill), Swanda 12 (1 kill), Dudley 7 (1 kill), Heide 33 (9 kills), Viloria 1, Umthun 3, Pyburn 41 (12 kills), Baker 29 (7 kills).

Set assists: Dudley 22, Heide 2, Pyburn 1.

Digs: thurner 17, Dudley 16, Pyburn 11, Viloria 9, Baker 7, Heide 6, Umthun 3, Swanda 2, Felt 1.

Blocks (solo-assists): Dudley 2-0, Swanda 1-0, Pyburn 0-1, Baker 0-1.

Serve receive: Thurner 26 for 29, Felt 1 for 2, Heide 1 for 1, Viloria 5 for 6, Umthun 5 for 6, Pyburn 16 for 16.

Tigers rally past PR-B

After dropping the first two sets, the Tigers rallied for a 20-25, 20-25, 25-13, 28-26, 15-6 win over Pine River-Backus in the Northland Conference opener on Sept. 14.

Montana Baker (20), Heide (15) and Pyburn (10) combined for 45 kills while Dudley had 34 set assists. Thurner (23), Dudley (20) and Pyburn (13) had double digits in digs while Thurner, Dudley and Madison Neyens served two aces each.

PR-B fell to 7-5 on the season.

Nevis statistics

Serves: Thurner 14 for 14 (2 aces), Felt 8 for 11, Swanda 1 for 2 (1 ace), Dudley 19 for 20 (2 aces), Heide 2 for 2, Viloria 13 for 14, Umthun 9 for 9 (1 ace), Pyburn 15 for 16 (1 ace), Baker 5 for 8 (1 ace), Neyens 6 for 6 (2 aces).

Attacks: Thurner 3, Felt 5 (1 kill), Dudley 31 (6 kills), Heide 38 (15 kills), Pyburn 35 (10 kills), Baker 48 (20 kills).

Set assists: Dudley 34, Felt 9, Swanda 1, Viloria 1, Baker 1.

Digs: Thurner 23, Dudley 20, Pyburn 13, Umthun 9, Swanda 8, Baker 8, Heide 6, Felt 4, Viloria 4.

Blocks (solo-assists): Heide 1-2.5, Swanda 0-3.5, Pyburn 0-2, Felt 0-1, Dudley 0-1, Baker 0-1.

Serve receive: Thurner 18 for 21, Felt 13 for 14, Heide 2 for 2, Viloria 10 for 14, Umthun 5 for 6, Pyburn 22 for 28.

Volkmann, W-DC top Tigers

Casey Volkmann's 17 kills and six blocks led Wadena-Deer Creek to a 25-15, 25-13, 25-15 win over Nevis at the Tiger Arena on Sept. 12.

Ashley Adams had 29 set assists, Kennedy Gravelle had eight kills and six blocks, Ellie Miron had eight kills and Kylee Hopp had five blocks for the Wolverines, who improved to 8-1 on the season. W-DC is rated No. 6 in the latest state Class A poll.

Thurner's 11 digs and Pyburn's six kills led the Tigers.

Nevis statistics

Serves: Thurner 7 for 7, Felt 4 for 5, Swanda 2 for 3, Dudley 7 for 7, Heide 0 for 1, Viloria 7 for 7 (1 ace), Pyburn 7 for 7, Baker 7 for 7, Neyens 1 for 1.

Attacks: Thurner 1, Felt 1, Swanda 20 (5 kills), Dudley 7 (2 kills), Swanda 23 (5 kills), Pyburn 21 (6 kills), Baker 20 (3 kills).

Set assists: Dudley 18.

Digs: Thurner 11, Dudley 6, Pyburn 5, Felt 3, Swanda 1, Viloria 1.

Blocks: Felt .5, Swanda .5, Dudley .5, Pyburn .5.

Serve receive: Thurner 11 for 14, Felt 9 for 11, Viloria 8 for 10, Pyburn 30 for 32, Baker 0 for 1.

Tigers finish 4th at Becker

Nevis split four matches to finish fourth at the Becker tournament on Sept. 9.

The Tigers opened with wins over Eden Valley-Watkins (27-25, 25-19) and PACT Charter (25-16, 25-10) before dropping matches to Minneapolis Washburn (25-21, 25-17) and Becker (25-21, 19-25, 15-13).

Pyburn and Dudley were named to the all-tournament team.