By PATRICK SLACK
Pierz toppled visiting Maple Lake 25-17, 25-17, 13-25, 25-23 to clinch a top-two finish in the Central Minnesota Conference (CMC), Tuesday.
Junior Bridget Bednar blasted 18 kills to lead the Pioneers’ offense, with senior Anna Welle contributing six and junior Tiara Hopkins adding four.
Senior Brook Brausen and sophomore Jessica Hawks each distributed 12 set assists in the match and Hopkins posted a team-high 17 digs.
CMC leader Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) is in action Wednesday against Eden-Valley Watkins.
With a win, BBE would win the CMC outright. With a loss, BBE and Pierz would split the conference title.
Pierz is off until the start of Section 6AA play, Friday, Oct. 26.
Pierz 3, Maple Lake 1
Maple Lake 17 17 25 23 – 1
Pierz 25 25 13 25 – 3
Pierz—Kills: Bridget Bednar, 18; Anna Welle, 6; Tiara Hopkins, 4. Set Assists: Brook Brausen, 12; Jessica Hawks, 12. Digs: Hopkins, 17; Hawks, 13; Megan Boser, 10. Blocks: Bednar, 4. Service Aces: Welle, 4.