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Eight Tigers receive all-conference honors

Eight Nevis volleyball players received Northland Conference honors as the Tigers claimed the conference title with an undefeated record. Senior middle hitter Hannah Anderson, senior libero Vanessa Byer, sophomore setter Andrea Dudley and sophomo...

Hannah Anderson capped off her senior season by earning Northland Conference honors after leading the Tigers with 277 kills. Vance Carlson / Enterprise
Hannah Anderson capped off her senior season by earning Northland Conference honors after leading the Tigers with 277 kills. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Eight Nevis volleyball players received Northland Conference honors as the Tigers claimed the conference title with an undefeated record.

Senior middle hitter Hannah Anderson, senior libero Vanessa Byer, sophomore setter Andrea Dudley and sophomore middle hitter Ashley Pyburn earned all-conference honors while senior right-side hitter Emma Bliss, senior outside hitter Cielo Mooney, senior defensive specialist Madisyn Lucas and junior outside hitter Montana Baker received all-conference honorable mention honors.

The Tigers went 7-0 in conference play, dropping only one set in wins over Pine River-Backus (11-25, 26-24, 27-25, 25-18), Blackduck (25-13, 25-15, 25-19), Laporte (28-26, 25-11, 25-13), Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (25-8, 25-6, 29-27), Kelliher-Northome (25-5, 25-8, 25-14), Cass Lake-Bena (25-10, 25-12, 25-12) and Clearbrook-Gonvick (25-17, 25-12, 25-17).

PR-B was the conference runner-up at 6-1 while W-H-A (5-2), Laporte (4-3), Blackduck (2-5), Kelliher-Northome (2-5), Clearbrook-Gonvick (2-5) and Cass Lake-Bena (0-7) followed.

Anderson led the Tigers with 277 kills while finishing second with 313 digs and 53 set assists while adding 20 blocks. Anderson put 249 of 256 serves in play with 14 aces and 133 points and went 148 for 155 in serve receive in 79 sets.

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Byer led the team with 585 digs, including a school record of 53 in a match, and surpassed 1,000 in her career. Byer put 228 of 342 serves in play with a team-high 41 aces and 176 points while adding 11 kills and going 411 for 429 in serve receive in 82 sets.

Dudley surpassed 1,000 career set assists, ending the season with 585 in 76 sets. Dudley put 247 of 255 serves in play with 22 aces and 137 points while adding 40 kills and 215 digs.

Pyburn played in all 82 sets and was second on the team with 138 kills and 22 blocks while going 236 for 252 in serves with 19 aces and 127 points. Pyburn also had 128 digs and went 91 of 99 in serve receive.

Bliss compiled 82 kills, 64 digs and 14 blocks in 82 sets. Mooney had 225 digs and put 273 of 305 serves in play with 31 aces and 157 points while going 188 for 204 in serve receive in 82 sets. Lucas put 255 of 265 serves in play with 23 aces and 130 points and had 217 digs while going 231 for 247 in serve receive in 78 sets. Baker served 16 points and had 106 kills, 59 digs and 12 blocks in 82 sets.

Nevis ended the season with a 12-16 overall record, defeating W-H-A (25-19, 25-12, 26-28, 24-26, 15-13) before being eliminated by Braham (25-13, 25-18, 25-17) in the Section 5A tournament.

Anderson and Bliss also received all-state academic recognition for having at least a 3.80 GPA.

Also playing key roles for the Tigers this season were senior defensive specialist Brea Pohl (38 digs in 27 sets) and sophomore middle hitter Jessica Swanda (who led the team with 33 blocks and had 72 kills and 40 digs in 79 sets).

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