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Volleyball: Patriots eliminate Pierz

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Lydia Hubbard had 15 kills as the top-ranked Pequot Lakes volleyball team defeated the No. 8 Pierz Pioneers 3-0 in South Subsection 8-2A Quarterfinal Wednesday, Oct. 23.

“I think we played well at times,” Coach Chris Ganley said. “I think at times, we weren’t going all out on some of our defensive plays that we normally go all out on. Pierz did a good job - they have improved since we’ve seen them last, and they had more shots to fire at us. I think we probably needed to read those better.”

Kate Bolz-Andolshek had 13 kills for the Patriots, while Mariah Rickard had 19 set assists and Maci Martini had seven kills.

The Patriots advance to the Subsection 8-2A semifinals game against the No. 4 seeded Little Falls Flyers on Friday, Oct. 25.

“They have at least one big hitter … and the rest of their players are really scrappy,” Ganley said. “This next game is going to be completely different.”

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Pierz 18 10 21

Pequot Lakes 25 25 25

Pequot Lakes statistics

Rita Ganley 5 digs, 19 set assists, 2 ace serves

Mirjana Ganley 7 digs, 1 kill

Maddy Morrison 3 digs, 1 block, 5 kills

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Catherine Ganley 1 ace serve

Ella Pfeiffer 3 digs, 1 ace serve

Phoebe Glenn 5 digs, 15 set assists, 2 ace serves

Maci Martini 3 digs, 1 block, 7 kills

Kate Bolz-Andolshek 5 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace serve, 13 kills, 1 set assist

Lydia Hubbard 1 dig, 1 block, 15 kills

Mariah Rickard 14 digs

Morgan LaRock 1 dig

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Overall: PL 24-5. Next: Pequot Lakes hosts Little Falls in South Subsection 8-2A Semifinals 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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