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Area Volleyball: Pine River-Backus Tigers win championship at 32nd annual Barb Neprud Invitational

CROSBY—Rylie Hirschey registered 71 set assists and Alyssa Semmler cranked 42 kills to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers to the championship at the 32nd annual Barb Neprud Invitational Saturday.

The Crosby-Ironton Rangers finished fourth and were led by Kylie Monson with 19 kills and Michaela Stangel with 16.

Sydney Berg collected 31 kills for Little Falls which won the consolation championship. Allie Steinmetz accumulated 31 digs for the Flyers.

Morgan Glenz swatted 42 kills for Verndale which lost to Little Falls in the consolation final. Molly Brownlow added 38 digs for the Pirates.

Team Scores

C-I def. Cass Lake Bena 2-0

Milaca def. Little Falls 2-1

Pine River-Backus def. Upsala 2-0

Moose Lake-Willow River def. Verndale 2-0

Little Falls def. Barnum 2-0

Verndale def. Upsala 2-0

Crosby-Ironton def. Hermantown 2-0

Pine River-Backus def. Moose Lake-Willow River 2-0

Little Falls def. East Central 2-0

Verndale def. Eveleth-Gilbert 2-0

Onamia def. Crosby-Ironton 2-0

Pine River-Backus def. Fergus Falls 2-1

Fergus Falls def. Crosby-Ironton 2-0

Little Falls def. Verndale 2-0

Pine River-Backus def. Onamia 2-0

Crosby-Ironton statistics

Kat Tauzell 2 kills

Caitlyn Gutzman 3 ace serves, 4 set assists, 43 digs

Danielle Rydberg 5 ace serves, 4 kills, 3 set assists, 10 digs

Michaela Stangel 7 ace serves, 16 kills, 1 block, 2 set assists, 24 digs

Kylie Monson 1 ace serve, 19 kills, 1 block, 33 digs

Ashley Hunter 2 digs

Shyanne Loiland 5 ace serves, 36 kills, 8 blocks, 34 set assists, 28 digs

Abby Arneson 2 set assists, 1 dig

Madison Bordwell 1 dig

Jami Nelson 1 ace serve, 13 kills, 4 blocks, 41 set assists, 16 digs

Overall: C-I0-3. Next: Crosby-Ironton at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Little Falls statistics

Kailey Ginter 2 ace serves, 3 kills, 1 block, 47 set assists, 14 digs

Rachel Tembreull 5 ace serves, 13 kills, 10 digs

Ellie Skeesick 3 ace serves, 3 digs

Madelyn VanRisseghem 5 kills, 3 blocks, 1 dig

Sydney Berg 7 ace serves, 31 kills, 3 blocks, 4 set assists, 29 digs

Sophia Sowada 9 kills, 4 blocks, 1 set assist, 3 digs

Allie Steinmetz 3 ace serves, 1 kill, 6 set assists, 31 digs

Taylor Jordan 7 ace serves, 15 digs

Abby Poser 1 set assist, 8 digs

Overall: LF 6-8. Next: Holdingford at Little Falls 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Pine River-Backus statistics

Alyssa Semmler 13 digs, 42 kills, 15 blocks, 1 ace serve

Anna Downie 2 set assists, 5 digs, 2 kills, 1 block, 2 ace serve

Anna Felthous 11 digs, 11 kills, 1 block

Bailey Wynn 40 digs, 29 kills, 5 blocks, 3 ace serves

Ellie Smith 4 digs, 5 ace serves

Emma Barchus 20 digs, 3 ace serves

Gabby Rainwater 44 digs, 23 kills, 1 ace serve

Jaime Johnson 2 set assists, 4 digs, 6 kills, 6 blocks

Olivia Adkins 13 digs

Rylie Hirschey 71 set assists, 31 digs, 3 kills, 5 blocks, 2 ace serves

Overall: PRB 7-5. Next: Crosby-Ironton at Pine River-Backus 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Verndale statistics

Allison Olsson 10 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs

Alyssa Thompson 9 ace serves, 12 kills, 1 set assist 31 digs

Mardi Ehrmantraut 3 ace serves, 71 set assists, 16 digs

Sarah Barrett 4 ace serves, 9 kills, 10 digs

Morgan Glenz 5 ace serves, 42 kills, 1 set assist, 43 digs

Ashley Aarseth 2 ace serves, 2 kills, 1 block, 1 set assist, 8 digs

Tess Jones 30 digs

Molly Brownlow 2 ace serves, 38 digs

Overall: V 5-8. Next: Nevis at Verndale 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

LRCS 3, St. Francis 3

BAXTER—Senior Abby Grider pounded 10 kills and served four aces in Lake Region's 3-0 win against St. Francis Christian School at the Paul Bunyan Tournament Saturday.

Grider was a factor at the net with four overpass kills and added countless strategic tips.

"We played very well today, I think we really came together as a team," said Grider. "We have a really big MACS conference game Tuesday and we just gotta' bring it."

Haylee Jacobus of LRCS slammed three ace serves and four kills.

"I think my serving could use some improvement," Jacobus said.

Lake Region senior Sydni Ogren contributed six ace serves and three kills.

LRCS hosts Fourth Baptist Christian School Tuesday. LRCS lost to FBCS 3-0 Aug. 31.

Lake Region 25 25 25

St. Francis 14 8 15

Lake Region statistics

Haylee Jacobus 3 ace serves, 4 kills

Abby Grider 4 ace serves, 10 kills

Sydni Ogren 6 ace serves, 3 kills

Next: Fourth Baptist vs. LRCS at Baxter 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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