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Sweeps week for the Grizz

North Woods tops Nighthawks, falls to Cook County

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 10/5/17

FIELD TWP— It was sweeps week for the Grizzlies volleyball squad, but they came down on both sides of the mark in contests against Northeast Range and Cook County.

On Monday, in Grand Marais, …

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Sweeps week for the Grizz

North Woods tops Nighthawks, falls to Cook County

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FIELD TWP— It was sweeps week for the Grizzlies volleyball squad, but they came down on both sides of the mark in contests against Northeast Range and Cook County.

On Monday, in Grand Marais, the Grizzlies were just the latest victims in the Vikings’ win streak, now at seven games. The Grizzlies were cold from the start, losing the first two games 25-11 and 25-16. They came to life in game three, but Cook County maintained its momentum and eked out a 32-30 victory in an epic back-and-forth matchup.

Regan Ratai proved the workhorse yet again, notching six kills, three blocks, and eight digs. Coley Olson tallied six kills, two digs, a block and an ace, while Hanna Sandberg collected four digs and two aces. Setter Claire Beaudry notched two kills and 16 assists, while Karlyn Pierce put up four kills and a block.

The Grizzlies had an easier time hosting Northeast Range last Thursday, as they won 30-28, 25-18, and 25-19. But Nighthawks Head Coach Jodi Reichensperger said the match was a lot closer than the scores indicated. “We had good leads in the first and third sets,” she added. “With a little better focus, we could have had it. We had the kind of stats for a win.”

Kate Stone led the way for the Grizzlies with five kills and four aces, while Ratai tallied seven kills. Beaudry notched 22 assists, an ace, and a kill, and Pierce tallied four kills and an ace. Kayla Tschida served up three aces and added a kill.

Hannah Reichensperger led the way for the Nighthawks with 14 kills, seven digs, and five blocks. Sophie Lenz tallied seven kills and ten digs, while Jenna Smith racked up 15 digs.

The 8-6 Grizzlies host Nashwauk-Keewatin on Monday and travel to Ely to take on the 9-3 Timberwolves on Tuesday. The Nighthawks will attend the Mesabi East tournament this weekend and host Duluth-Marshall on Tuesday, in Babbitt.

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