Madi Marjamaa served six aces and Janie Tormanen smacked down 10 kills as the Menahga volleyball team opened the Section 6A tournament with a 3-0 win over Rothsay Monday night at Menahga.

Menahga, the No. 6 seed in the North, put 72 of 74 serves in play with 10 aces and had 31 kills with 11 hitting errors in the 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 victory over the No. 11-seeded Tigers.

Rothsay jumped out  to a 3-0 lead in Set 1 before two kills by Olivia Yliniemi, a kill by Cierra Ahlf, and ace serves by Tara Hendrickson and Jessica Pietila tied the set at 8-8. A tip by Marjamaa and a kill by Tormanen kept the Braves within 12-11 before Yliniemi served seven straight points. A kill by Tormanen during that stretch helped give Menahga a 17-12 advantage. Two more kills by Tormanen, an ace serve by Hendrickson and a kill by Ahlf closed out that set.

The Tigers again claimed the early lead before Menahga rallied. A tip by Marjamaa and kills by Hendrickson, Yliniemi and Tormanen kept the Braves within 13-8 before three kills by Hendrickson, a kill by Yliniemi and an ace serve by Pietila tied the set at 17-17. Ahlf put the Braves in control by serving six straight points as a tip by Marjamaa and a kill by Tormanen produced a 24-18 advantage. Another kill by Tormanen ended that set.

Marjamaa served three aces and Tormanen had three kills as Menahga opened Set 3 with a 9-0 lead. Two kills by Hendrickson, kills by Yliniemi and Elly Hillukka, and two tips by Marjamaa gave Menahga a 17-10 advantage before Marjamaa served three more aces and six consecutive points to extend the margin to 23-11. Tormanen and Hendrickson combined on a block during that run. A solo block by Hendrickson closed out the match.

Pietila and Hendrickson served two aces each while Hendrickson (7), Marjamaa (6) and Yliniemi (5) combined for 18 kills. Marjamaa had 20 set assists while Maryn Pinoniemi had 11 digs. Ahlf (9), Marjamaa (7), Tormanen (7) and Lela Peterson (6) combined for 29 digs for the Braves, who will carry an 11-13 record into Thursday night’s match against No. 3 Wadena-Deer Creek.

Rothsay ended the season with a 5-18-1 record.

In the other Section 6A North matches Monday night, No. 8 Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal edged Frazee, No. 5 Park Christian eliminated No. 12 Lake Park-Audubon and No. 7 Sebeka defeated No. 10 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

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