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Volleyball: Menahga battles in final home matches

The Braves fall to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Sebeka while Nevis ends conference play with a sweep.

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Addie Pinoniemi (11) lunges for a dig during Menahga's match against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise
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MENAHGA – Despite being swept twice, the Menahga volleyball team battled in their final home matches of the season.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley swept the Braves 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 on Monday (Oct. 17) while Sebeka followed with a 25-23, 25-13, 25-13 win over Menahga on Tuesday (Oct. 18).

In the loss to W-H-A, kills by Janelle Hendrickson and Leah Weaver had Set 1 tied at 4-4 while another kill by Janelle Hendrickson and a push by Addie Pinoniemi tied it at 12-12. A kill by Weaver and a pair of kills by Pinoniemi kept Menahga within 20-19 before the Wolves closed out that set.

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Maddie Hendrickson receives a serve during Menahga's match against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
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Menahga led for most of Set 2 as two kills apiece by Erica Tormanen, Taija Pinoniemi and Weaver led to a 14-10 advantage. The Braves maintained a 21-18 edge before W-H-A won that set.

A push and a kill by Weaver along with a tip by Janelle Hendrickson had Menahga within 8-7 to start Set 3. W-H-A went on a 7-2 run to take control. Two tips and a kill by Taija Pinoniemi and a kill by Weaver led the Braves down the stretch.

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Weaver (8) and Taija Pinoniemi (6) combined for 14 of the Braves’ 27 kills. Addie Pinoniemi had 14 set assists and 13 digs while Tormanen had 14 digs for Menahga, which had 21 hitting errors, seven service errors and five errors on serve receive.

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Taija Pinoniemi goes up for a tip during Menahga's match against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
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Alexa Johannsen’s nine kills, Aliya Naas’ 11 digs and Avery Morrison’s 10 digs helped W-H-A improve to 15-8.

Sebeka used a close win in the first set and strong finishes in the final two sets to sweep the Braves in the Park Region Conference finale.

In Set 1, Menahga fell behind 13-6 before a push by Janelle Hendrickson; a push, a tip and a kill by Addie Pinoniemi; a kill by Weaver; and two kills by Janelle Hendrickson gave the Braves a 15-14 edge. Kills by Taija Pinoniemi, Janelle Hendrickson and Tormanen kept Menahga within 24-23 before the Trojans prevailed.

A pair of kills by Addie Pinoniemi, a tip by Tormanen and a kill by Weaver had the Braves within 12-11 in Set 2 before Sebeka closed with a 13-2 run.

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Anna Pietila concentrates on a serve during Menahga's Park Region Conference match against Sebeka on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.
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Two tips by Addie Pinoniemi and a block by Janelle Hendrickson gave Menahga a 4-1 lead to start Set 3. After Sebeka claimed an 8-4 advantage, a kill and a tip by Tormanen, an ace serve by Anna Pietila, and a kill by Addie Pinoniemi cut the gap to 16-12. The Trojans sealed the win by responding with a 9-1 run.

The Braves finished with 26 kills and 25 hitting errors along with seven service errors and nine errors on serve receive. Sebeka had 32 kills with 13 hitting errors to go along with nine ace serves and only two errors on serve receive.

Addie Pinoniemi’s 10 kills, Tormanen’s six kills and Pietila’s 17 set assists led the Braves’ offense. Tormanen had 13 digs, Janelle Hendrickson and Maddie Hendrickson had 11 digs apiece, and Addie Pinoniemi and Pietila had eight digs each as Menahga closed the regular season with a 1-6 record in the conference and a 6-17 overall record.

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Avory Haman and Miranda Lillquist had nine kills apiece while Maci Lake served five aces and had four blocks. Anna Vargo (23) and Annika Pulju (20) led the way in digs as Sebeka improved to 4-3 against conference opponents and 10-12 overall.

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Leah Weaver (8) goes up for a kill during Menahga's match against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.
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Menahga statistics vs. W-H-A

Serves: Pietila 19 for 19, Mal. Hendrickson 10 for 11 (1 ace), A. Pinoniemi 9 for 10 (1 ace), Tormanen 7 for 7, Weaver 5 for 6, J. Hendrickson 4 for 6, Mad. Hendrickson 2 for 4.

Attacks: Tormanen 24 (4 kills), J. Hendrickson 21 (5 kills), Weaver 18 (8 kills), A. Pinoniemi 18 (3 kills), T. Pinoniemi 14 (6 kills), Mal. Hendrickson 5, Pietila 1 (1 kill).

Sets: A. Pinoniemi 49 (14 assists), Pietila 27 (9 assists), Weaver 4 (1 assist), T. Pinoniemi 3 (1 assist), Tormanen 3 (1 assist), N. Pinoniemi 3, Mad. Hendrickson 2, J. Hendrickson 2.

Digs: Tormanen 14, A. Pinoniemi 13, Pietila 9, Mad. Hendrickson 8, J. Hendrickson 6, N. Pinoniemi 4, Mal. Hendrickson 2, T. Pinoniemi 2, Weaver 2.

Assisted blocks: Weaver 4, A. Pinoniemi 2, T. Pinoniemi 1, J. Hendrickson 1.

Serve receive: Tormanen 23 for 24, N. Pinoniemi 16 for 18, J. Hendrickson 11 for 13, Mad. Hendrickson 10 for 10, A. Pinoniemi 2 for 2, Pietila 1 for 1.

Menahga statistics vs. Sebeka

Serves: A. Pinoniemi 13 for 14, T. Pinoniemi 10 for 11, J. Hendrickson 7 for 9, Tormanen 7 for 7, Pietila 3 for 4 (1 ace), Weaver 1 for 3, Mad. Hendrickson 2 for 2.

Attacks: Tormanen 30 (6 kills), A. Pinoniemi 23 (10 kills), J. Hendrickson 20 (4 kills), T. Pinoniemi 18 (2 kills), Weaver 14 (4 kills), Pietila 10, Mad. Hendrickson 1.

Sets: Pietila 75 (17 assists), A. Pinoniemi 17 (4 assists), Tormanen 6 (2 assists), J. Hendrickson 5 (1 assist), Weaver 5, Mad. Hendrickson 2, T. Pinoniemi 2.

Digs: Tormanen 13, J. Hendrickson 11, Mad. Hendrickson 11, Pietila 8, A. Pinoniemi 8, Weaver 4, T. Pinoniemi 2.

Blocks (solo-assists): J. Hendrickson 1-0, Tormanen 0-1, Pietila 0-1, Weaver 0-1, T. Pinoniemi 0-1.

Serve receive: Mad. Hendrickson 21 for 26, J. Hendrickson 17 for 17, Tormanen 17 for 19, A. Pinoniemi 7 for 9, Pietila 3 for 3, Weaver 1 for 1, T. Pinoniemi 1 for 1.

Tigers sweep Mustangs

NORTHOME – Nevis completed an undefeated season in Northland Conference play by sweeping Northome-Kelliher on Monday, Oct. 17.

Allee Forbes served five aces while Kayli Bessler (11) and Marley Mitchell (10) combined for 21 kills in the Tigers’ 25-10, 25-21, 25-10 victory.

The Tigers jumped out to a 12-0 lead in Set 1, overcame a 12-11 deficit in Set 2 and extended an 11-7 lead with a 14-3 run in Set 3 for their fifth sweep in conference matches this season.

Addison Lindow (9) and Ava Forbes (8) combined for 17 kills with Mya Stacey recording 35 set assists. Lindow led the way with 13 digs as Nevis had 45 kills with 13 hitting errors, served nine aces with seven service errors, and had seven errors on serve receive.

The win gave Nevis a 7-0 record in conference play and a 20-3 overall mark while the Mustangs fell to 4-3 in the conference and 11-10 overall.

Nevis statistics

Serves: Al. Forbes 21 for 21 (5 aces), Stacey 12 for 14 (2 aces), Anderson 8 for 8, K. Lindow 6 for 6 (1 ace), Mitchell 5 for 6, A. Lindow 4 for 6 (1 ace), Bessler 3 for 5, Av. Forbes 3 for 3.

Attacks: Mitchell 28 (10 kills), A. Lindow 24 (9 kills), Av. Forbes 22 (8 kills), Bessler 13 (11 kills), Stacey 8 (3 kills), Luebbert 7 (4 kills), Al. Forbes 1.

Sets: Stacey 77 (35 assists), A. Lindow 5 (1 assist), Mitchell 4 (1 assist), Al. Forbes 3 (3 assists), Av. Forbes 1.

Digs: A. Lindow 13, Al. Forbes 9, Av. Forbes 7, Bessler 6, Stacey 3, K. Lindow 2, Mitchell 2.

Serve receive: A. Lindow 15 for 17, Al. Forbes 7 for 7, Av. Forbes 6 for 8, Bessler 3 for 3, Anderson 3 for 4, Mitchell 1 for 1.

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