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Verndale tops Tigers in Section 5A title match

Shania Glenz and Jordyn Glenz combined for 39 kills in leading the Verndale volleyball team to a hard-fought 25-23, 25-22, 30-28 win over Nevis in the Section 5A championship match last Saturday night at Pierz.

      Shania Glenz and Jordyn Glenz combined for 39 kills in leading the Verndale volleyball team to a hard-fought 25-23, 25-22, 30-28 win over Nevis in the Section 5A championship match last Saturday night at Pierz.

     Nevis led 17-15 in Set 1 before the Pirates responded with a 10-6 run.

     Set 2 featured 10 ties before Verndale took a 21-19 lead before closing out the set.

      Both teams battled back and forth in Set 3, which featured 20 ties and seven lead changes. With the set tied 28-28, a kill by Jordyn Glenz and a block by Allison Olsson sent the Pirates to the state Class A tournament for the first time in school history.

     Shania Glenz finished with 23 kills while Jordyn Glenz added 16 kills as Verndale advances to state with a 28-5 record and nine-match winning streak. Verndale defeated the Tigers 25-21, 25-14, 25-20 during the regular season. Verndale was rated No. 14 in the latest state Class A poll.

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     Hannah Bliss had 14 kills and Andrea Dudley had 25 set assists to lead the Tigers. Vanna Byer (19), Jordyn Lucas (15), Cielo Mooney (12) and Allison Booker (10) had double digits in digs as Nevis ends the season with a 21-10 record.

     “I knew this team could be great if they worked as a team and that is what they did,” said Nevis head coach Heidi Wormley. “I’m very happy for Verndale. They deserve that state experience.”

 

Nevis statistics

Attacks: J. Lucas 2 (1 kill), Booker 26 (4 kills), Bliss 58 (14 kills), Dudley 3, Mooney 1, Anderson 23 (5 kills), Pyburn 10 (1 kill), Byer 2.

Serving: J. Lucas 10 for 10, Booker 5 for 6, Bliss 2 for 2, Dudley 10 for 10, Mooney 6 for 6, Anderson 12 for 13 (1 ace), Byer 8 for 9.

Service points: Anderson 8, J. Lucas 5, Dudley 4, Byer 4, Mooney 2.

Blocks (solo-assists): Bliss 2-0, Dudley 1-1, Anderson 0-1.

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Digs: Byer 19, J. Lucas 15, Mooney 12, Booker 10, Dudley 8, Bliss 7, Anderson 5, M. Lucas 2, Pyburn 1.

Set assists: Dudley 25.

Serve-receive: J. Lucas 14 for 15, Booker 5 for 5, Mooney 8 for 9, Anderson 5 for 6, M. Lucas 1 for 1, Byer 23 for 23.

 

Tigers outlast Braham, reach finals

     Lucas served three aces and 17 points while Booker (16), Anderson (16) and Bliss (14) combined for 46 kills as Nevis outlasted Braham 25-16, 15-25, 15-25, 25-16, 18-16 last Thursday night at Pierz.

     Bliss served four aces, Dudley had 45 set assists and Byer had 29 digs to lead the Tigers. Booker (17), Lucas (14) and Anderson (12) also had double digits in digs while Ashley Pyburn had five solo blocks for Nevis.

     Braham ended the season with a 26-11 record.

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Nevis statistics

Attacks: J. Lucas 3, Booker 28 (16 kills), Bliss 34 (14 kills), Mooney 1, Anderson 33 (16 kills), Pyburn 7 (2 kills), Baker 3 (1 kill), Byer 1.

Serving: J. Lucas 24 for 24 (3 aces), Booker 16 for 17 (2 aces), Bliss 17 for 18 (4 aces), Dudley 11 for 11, Mooney 8 for 10, Anderson 16 for 16, Byer 2 for 2.

Service points: J. Lucas 17, Bliss 9, Booker 7, Mooney 6, Anderson 6, Dudley 3, Byer 1.

Blocks (solo-assists): Pyburn 5-2, Bliss 1-2, Anderson 0-2, Dudley 0-1, Baker 0-1.

Digs: Byer 29, Booker 17, J. Lucas 14, Anderson 12, Mooney 9, Bliss 5, Dudley 4, Pyburn 3, Baker 3, M. Lucas 1.

Set assists: Dudley 45.

Serve-receive: J. Lucas 17 for 18, Booker 12 for 13, Mooney 8 for 13, Anderson 5 for 5, M. Lucas 4 for 5, Baker 1 for 1, Byer 25 for 26.

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