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Volleyball: Menahga opens Section 8AA tournament with easy win

The Braves advanced with a 3-0 victory over Red Lake.

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Meagan Holtz (left) and Journie Schoon went up for a block during Menahga's Section 8AA tournament match against Red Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

Menahga quickly disposed of Red Lake to open the Section 8AA volleyball tournament at Menahga on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

The Braves, the No. 1 seed in the North, used 30 kills and 17 ace serves to spark a 25-6, 25-4, 25-7 victory over the No. 8-seeded Warriors.

Set 1 was tied at 2-2 when Lela Peterson served a pair of aces while Erica Tormanen, Michaela Skoog and Maryn Pinoniemi had kills to give Menahga an 8-2 lead. Skoog served two aces during a 10-0 service run to extend the advantage to 21-4. Janie Tormanen had two kills and Erica Tormanen had a kill during that stretch. Ace serves by Mia Kicker and Amanda Lake and a kill by Janie Tormanen closed out the opening set.

Lake opened Set 2 with an ace serve and nine straight service points with Erica Tormanen, Meagan Holtz, Pinoniemi and Journie Schoon contributing kills. Holtz followed with three ace serves and nine service points to push the lead to 20-1. Molly Hendrickson and Schoon had kills during that run. A kill by Brooke Grewe helped end that set.

Janie Tormanen served an ace and five straight points to start Set 3. Pinoniemi had a pair of kills and Kicker had a kill as Menahga took a 6-1 lead. A kill by Kicker and a tip by Erica Tormanen made it 10-4 before Kicker served an ace during a 7-0 run. Janie Tormanen had two kills as the Braves led 17-4. After a kill by Janie Tormanen gave Menahga a 20-7 lead, Lake served two aces to close out the match.

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Lake’s five ace serves, 15 service points, 13 set assists and seven digs led the Braves. Janie Tormanen (8) and Pinoniemi (6) combined for 14 kills while Skoog (10), Holtz (9) and Kicker (8) combined for 27 service points. Pinoniemi added 10 set assists as the Braves improved to 14-10.

In the other Section 8AA North matches, No. 2 Thief River Falls defeated No. 7 Crookston (25-11, 25-20, 25-7), No. 3 Roseau defeated No. 6 Park Rapids (26-28, 25-23, 25-13, 25-13) and No. 5 East Grand Forks eliminated No. 4 Warroad (25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20).

Menahga will host East Grand Forks in a North semifinal match on Friday (Oct. 29) at 7 p.m.

Menahga statistics
Serving: Lake 17 for 18 (5 aces), Skoog 10 for 11 (3 aces), Holtz 10 for 10 (3 aces), Kicker 8 for 10 (3 aces), J. Tormanen 8 for 8 (1 ace), Peterson 6 for 7 (2 aces), Pinoniemi 3 for 4, Pfeifer 2 for 2, Grewe 1 for 2, Hendrickson 1 for 1, Schoon 1 for 1.
Service points: Lake 15, Skoog 10, Holtz 9, Kicker 8, J. Tormanen 6, Peterson 5, Pfeifer 2, Pinoniemi 2, Grewe 1.
Attacks: J. Tormanen 16 (8 kills), Pinoniemi 9 (6 kills), E. Tormanen 7 (4 kills), Schoon 6 (2 kills), Skoog 4 (2 kills), Peterson 4 (1 kill), Lake 4, Grewe 3 (2 kills), Kicker 3 (2 kills), Holtz 3 (1 kill), Hendrickson 2 (1 kill), Besonen 1 (1 kill).
Sets: Lake 27 (13 assists), Pinoniemi 17 (10 assists), Hendrickson 4 (1 assist), Pfeifer 2, Besonen 1 (1 assist), Skoog 1, Schoon 1.
Digs: Lake 7, Peterson 5, E. Tormanen 5, Pfeifer 5, J. Tormanen 4, Pinoniemi 3, Grewe 2, Holtz 2, Besonen 1, Schoon 1.
Assisted blocks: J. Tormanen 2, Besonen 1, Schoon 1.
Serve receive: Peterson 5 for 5, Pfeifer 2 for 2, Grewe 1 for 1, Schoon 1 for 1, Kicker 1 for 1.

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Brooke Grewe put a serve in play during Menahga's Section 8AA tournament match against Red Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Vance Carlson / Park Rapids Enterprise

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