Elly Hillukka, Tara Hendrickson and Janie Tormanen tallied double digits in kills in leading the Menahga volleyball team to a 3-1 win at Pelican Rapids in a battle of Section 6A teams on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Hillukka (15), Hendrickson (13) and Tormanen (11) combined for 39 kills in the Braves’ 22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22 victory.

Rena Pinoniemi added eight kills and joined Hendrickson with two ace serves. Annie Lake had 48 set assists. On defense, Tormanen had four solo blocks while Maryn Pinoniemi had 17 digs and Rena Pinoniemi had 14 digs. Jessica Pietila contributed nine digs as Menahga improved to 3-2 in section matches and 3-4 overall. The Braves overcame 26 hitting errors for the win.

Anna Stephenson’s 11 kills, Riley Berg’s nine kills and 13 digs, Greta Tollefson’s seven kills, and Ryley Paulson’s six kills and 15 digs led the Vikings, who fell to 2-6 against section teams and 2-8 overall.

Menahga statistics
Serving: M. Pinoniemi 14 for 14 (1 ace), R. Pinoniemi 21 for 21 (2 aces), Pietila 13 for 14, Tormanen 1 for 1, Lake 12 for 13, Hillukka 12 for 14, Hendrickison 18 for 19 (2 aces).
Attacks: Hendrickson 31 (13 kills), Hillukka 29 (15 kills), Tormanen 25 (11 kills), R. Pinoniemi 23 (8 kills), Pietila 23 (5 kills), Pfeifer 5 (2 kills), Lake 5, Peterson 1, M. Pinoniemi 1.
Set assists: Lake 48, Pfeifer 3, Pietila 2.
Digs: M. Pinoniemi 17, R. Pinoniemi 14, Pietila 9, Hillukka 7, Hendrickson 7, Tormanen 6, Peterson 5, Lake 5, Pfeifer 1.
Blocks (solo-assists): Tormanen 4-0, Hendrickson 0-1, Pfeifer 0-1.

Henning sweeps Braves

Megan Rinicker and Serena Greenwood combined for 27 kills in leading Henning to a 3-0 Park Region Conference volleyball win over Menahga at Henning on Sept. 12.

Rinicker’s 14 kills and four ace serves and Greenwood’s 13 kills sparked the Hornets’ 25-22, 25-12, 25-19 victory.

Sydney Eckhoff tallied 31 set assists while Grace Nyhus served four aces and Ally Hart served three aces as Henning improved to 9-0 overall. The Hornets, who were rated No. 9 in last week’s state Class A poll, join New York Mills atop the conference standings at 2-0.

Hendrickson’s eight kills, Hillukka’s four kills, and Rena Pinoniemi’s four kills and seven digs led the Braves. Lake had 18 set assists and five digs, Pietila had seven digs, Tormanen had six digs and Maryn Pinoniemi had five digs as Menahga fell to 0-2 in conference matches. The Braves had only three service errors, but committed 20 hitting errors.

Menahga statistics
Serving: R. Pinoniemi 8 for 8, Pietila 11 for 11, Tormanen 5 for 5, Lake 13 for 14 (1 ace), Hillukka 5 for 7, Hendrickson 10 for 10 (1 ace).
Attacks: R. Pinoniemi 30 (4 kills), Hendrickson 19 (8 kills), Hillukka 19 (4 kills), Tormanen 16 (2 kills), Besonen 6 (1 kill), Lake 2, Pietila 1, Peterson 1, M. Pinoniemi 1.
Set assists: Lake 18, Hendrickson 1.
Digs: R. Pinoniemi 7, Pietila 7, tormanen 6, Lake 5, M. Pinoniemi 5, Peterson 3, Besonen 1, Hendrickson 1.
Blocks (solo-assists): Tormanen 1-1, Besonen 0-1, R. Pinoniemi 0-1, Hendrickson 0-1.