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Strong serving sparks Tigers past Blackduck

Ashley Pyburn and Cora Umthun served seven aces while Kia Heide pounded down 11 kills as the Nevis volleyball team coasted to a Northland Conference win at Blackduck Thursday night.

Montana Baker and Madison Neyens served two aces each as the Tigers served 13 aces and had 35 kills in a 25-15, 25-5, 25-6 victory. Pyburn added eight kills and Andrea Dudley tallied 25 set assists. Sadie Thurner led the defense with 15 digs as Nevis improved to 2-0 in conference matches and 6-4 overall.

Blackduck fell to 0-5 in conference matches and 1-7 overall. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Clearbrook-Gonvick are also 2-0 in the conference.

Nevis statistics

Serves: Thurner 7 for 7, Dudley 14 for 14 (1 ace), Viloria 11 for 12, Vredenburg 2 for 2 (1 ace), Umthun 7 for 7 (3 aces), Pyburn 13 for 13 (4 aces), Baker 10 for 10 (2 aces), Neyens 10 for 10 (2 aces).

Attacks: Thurner 4 (1 kill), Swanda 14 (2 kills), Dudley 13 (3 kills), Heide 22 (11 kills), Vredenburg 1, Umthun 2, Pyburn 19 (8 kills), Baker 13 (6 kills), Mastley 3 (1 kill), Neyens 3 (3 kills).

Sets: Dudley 60 (25 assists), Umthun 8 (3 assists), Swanda 3 (1 assist), Baker 3 (1 assist), Neyens 3 (1 assist), Thurner 2 (1 assist), Heide 2, Viloria 2, Pyburn 2, Mastley 1.

Digs: Thurner 15, Dudley 6, Pyburn 6, Viloria 4, Heide 3, Swanda 2, Umthun 1, Baker 1, Neyens 1.

Assisted blocks: Swanda 2, Pyburn 1, Baker 1, Mastley 1, Neyens 1.

Serve receive: Thurner 5 for 7, Heide 1 for 1, Viloria 0 for 1, Umthun 4 for 4, Pyburn 7 for 7, Baker 1 for 1, Mastley 1 for 1, Neyens 1 for 1.

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