Efficient offense leads Menahga past Laporte

Braves use 11 ace serves, 34 kills to defeat Wildcats

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Rena Pinoniemi spiked the ball past Laporte's Alyssa Moss (left) and Audrey Kline during a match at Menahga on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Pinoniemi had nine kills in the Braves' win. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

An efficient offense featuring 11 ace serves and 34 kills ignited the Menahga volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Laporte at Menahga on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The Braves also had 42 digs on defense in the 25-13, 25-21, 25-12 win.

Kills by Elly Hillukka, Tara Hendrickson and Janie Tormanen and a tip by Rena Pinoniemi gave Menahga a 6-5 edge in Set 1 before kills by Jessica Pietila and Tormanen made it 8-6. Pinoniemi served an ace during a 6-0 run as a tip and kill by Hendrickson and two kills by Tormanen extended the advantage to 14-6. A kill by Hendrickson, two ace serves by Hillukka, and a block by Hendrickson and Julia Besonen provided a 21-12 lead before an ace serve by Pietila, a block by Tormanen and a kill by Pinoniemi closed out the first set.

Annie Lake served a pair of aces and Hendrickson and Hillukka combined on a block as Menahga claimed a 6-0 lead in Set 2. Kills by Pietila and Hendrickson and an ace serve by Pietila kept the Braves in front 10-7 before Kortni Kerby served five straight points to give Laporte a 13-10 edge. Kills by Tormanen and Hillukka, a block by Lake and Hendrickson, and three kills by Hendrickson gave Menahga an 18-15 advantage. A kill and tip by Pinoniemi made it 21-19 before a kill by Pinoniemi, an ace serve by Hendrickson and a kill by Lela Peterson ended that set.

Menahga controlled Set 3 as a kill by Pinoniemi, an ace serve by Hendrickson, a kill by Tormanen, two kills by Hendrickson, and an ace serve by Lake produced an early 12-7 advantage. The Wildcats stayed within 13-10 before an ace serve by Hendrickson, two kills by Pinoniemi, and three service points by Pinoniemi closed out the match.


Lake and Hendrickson served three aces apiece with Pinoniemi (9), Pietila (8), Lake (8), Hillukka (7) and Hendrickson (7) combining for 39 service points. Pinoniemi and Hendrickson had nine kills each while Tormanen chipped in seven kills. Lake set up 31 of those kills.

Defensively, Pietila and Maryn Pinoniemi had 10 digs each with Peterson and Rena Pinoniemi tallying six digs each. The Braves made only two errors on serve receive in improving to 2-3 on the season.

Kirby and Kiley Hamilton had four kills each to lead the Wildcats.

Menahga statistics
Serving: M. Pinoniemi 3 for 3, R. Pinoniemi 13 for 13 (1 ace), Pietila 9 for 12 (2 aces), Tormanen 3 for 4, Lake 15 for 16 (3 aces), Hillukka 11 for 13 (2 aces), Hendrickson 12 for 13 (3 aces).
Service points: R.Pinoniemi 9, Pietila 8, Lake 8, Hillukka 7, Hendrickson 7, M. Pinoniemi 2, Tormanen 2.
Attacks: R. Pinoniemi 17 (9 kills), Hillukka 17 (4 kills), Hendrickson 16 (9 kills), Pietila 12 (3 kills), Tormanen 11 (7 kills), Lake 4 (1 kill), Peterson 3 (1 kill), Besonen 2.
Set assists: Lake 31, Pietila 2, R. Pinoniemi 1.
Digs: M. Pinoniemi 10, Pietila 10, R. Pinoniemi 6, Peterson 6, Lake 5, Tormanen 2, Hillukka 2, Besonen 1.
Blocks (solo-assists): Tormanen 1-0, Hendrickson 0-3, Besonen 0-1, Hillukka 0-1, Lake 0-1.

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