Granite Ridge Volleyball: Little Falls drops tight five-setter with Albany

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Little Falls vs. Albany volleyball photo gallery

Little Falls senior Sierra Virnig delivers a spike over the block of Albany freshman Erin Navratil (4) and senior Abby Schultz (7) in Tuesday’s home match. Virnig finished with 10 kills and 22 digs as the Flyers narrowly fell in five sets to the defending Granite Ridge Conference champion.

Little Falls senior Sierra Virnig delivers a spike over the block of Albany freshman Erin Navratil (4) and senior Abby Schultz (7) in Tuesday’s home match. Virnig finished with 10 kills and 22 digs as the Flyers narrowly fell in five sets to the defending Granite Ridge Conference champion.

Tuesday’s battle against defending conference champion Albany was even more of a back-and-forth tilt, with the visiting Huskies capturing the first, third and fifth sets in a 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-10 win.

After building a 9-1 advantage in the fourth, Little Falls watched Albany storm back to take the lead late in the set and have a match point at 24-23, but the Flyers produced three clutch points in a row to force the decisive fifth.

Albany regrouped to take the early edge in the fifth, opening up an 11-3 lead.

Little Falls rallied to close the gap to 14-10, but the Huskies held on to close out the win.

Junior Kendra Pohlman and senior Sierra Virnig each had 10 kills to lead the Little Falls offense, followed by seniors Jennifer Ronning (7) and Brooke Finch (6) and sophomores Melanie Dorn (5) and  Laura Fregin (4).

Five Flyers reached double-digit digs, including Pohlman (23), Virnig (22), Finch (19), senior Stephanie Wardarski (15) and Dorn (12).

Finch added a team-high five service aces, while Wardarski and Dorn combined for 37 set assists.

Little Falls reacts after staving off closing out a rollercoaster fourth set 26-24 against visiting Albany, Tuesday, before the Huskies rallied to win the match in five. Pictured are (from left): junior Kendra Pohlman, sophomores Laura Fregin and Melanie Dorn and seniors Tristen Zimmerman, Jennifer Ronning and Sierra Virnig.

Little Falls reacts after staving off closing out a rollercoaster fourth set 26-24 against visiting Albany, Tuesday, before the Huskies rallied to win the match in five. Pictured are (from left): junior Kendra Pohlman, sophomores Laura Fregin and Melanie Dorn and seniors Tristen Zimmerman, Jennifer Ronning and Sierra Virnig.

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