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Menahga, Park Rapids open volleyball playoffs at home

Braves host Pelican Rapids Monday, Panthers receive first-round bye

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Annie Lake (10) and Tara Hendrickson (13) will be looking to lead the Menahga volleyball team past Pelican Rapids when the Section 5A tournament begins Monday night (Oct. 21) at Menahga. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Menahga received the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 Pelican Rapids when the Section 6A North volleyball tournament begins with play-in matches on Monday, Oct. 21.

That opening-round match will start at 7 p.m. at Menahga. The Braves ended the regular season with a 7-14 record while Pelican Rapids finished at 6-18. The winner of that match travels to No. 2 Moorhead Park Christian (21-3) in a North quarterfinal match on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at 7 p.m.

The other Section 6A North play-in matches on Monday find No. 5 Frazee (11-11) hosting No. 12 Fergus Falls Hillcrest (3-23-1), No. 6 Sebeka (10-16) hosting No. 11 Lake Park-Audubon (3-14) and No. 8 Norman County East/Ulen-HItterdal (8-15) hosting No. 9 Rothsay (9-15-1).

In the other Section 6A North quarterfinal matches on Wednesday (Oct. 23), No. 1 Wadena-Deer Creek (16-7) plays the Rothsay vs. NCE/UH winner at Wadena, No. 3 New York Mills (20-7) hosts the LP-A vs. Sebeka winner, and No. 4 Barnesville (19-8) hosts the winner of the Hillcrest vs. Frazee match.

The Section 6A North semifinals will be held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Perham on Oct. 25 with Perham hosting the North title match on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The Section 6A championship match will be played on Nov. 2 at a site and time to be determined.

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Henning earned the No. 1 seed in the South half of the section.

Panthers earn bye

Park Rapids received the No. 1 seed in the North half and a first-round bye for the Section 8AA volleyball tournament.

The tournament begins Wednesday (Oct. 23) with No. 2 Hawley (18-7) hosting No. 7 Warroad (6-20), No. 3 Roseau (18-10) hosting No. 6 East Grand Forks (7-19) and No. 4 Diworth-Glyndon-Felton (14-14) hosting No. 5 Thief River Falls (8-12) in the North. In the South, No. 1 Pequot Lakes (23-5) hosts No. 8 Pierz (11-15), No. 2 Staples-Motley (16-10) hosts No. 7 Fergus Falls (9-19), No. 3 Perham (11-15) hosts No. 6 Crosby-Ironton (15-12) and No. 4 Little Falls (11-14) hosts No. 5 Pillager (12-15).

Park Rapids will host the winner of the D-G-F vs. Thief River Falls match on Friday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. at the Area High School gym in a North semifinal match. The other North and South semifinal matches will also be held Friday night (Oect. 25) at the high seeds.

The North and South finals will be held on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at sites to be determined with the Section 8AA title match set for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined later.

Nevis awaits seed

Nevis will most likely receive a home match when the Section 5A seeds are announced on Monday (Oct. 21).

The Tigers ended the regular season with an 11-15 record and in third place in the Section 5A North B standings behind Pine River-Backus (26-3) and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (21-6). Following Nevis are Bertha-Hewitt (16-10), Laporte (14-7) and Verndale (8-19).

The Section 5A tournament will begin Thursday night (Oct. 24).

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