By Tyler Ohmann
A couple of underclassmen stepped up for the Pierz volleyball team in a pair of matches recently.
Junior Hannah Krych and freshman Emily Sadlovsky helped the Pioneers in a loss to Eden-Valley Watkins (EVW) and a win over Crosby-Ironton (CI).
First, the Pioneers were bested 3-1 by EVW, Sept. 28.
EVW won the first set 25-19, but Pierz came back with a 25-20 win in set two. However, the Eagles took two close sets, 25-22 and 26-24 to earn the victory.
Krych finished with a team-best 14 kills and two blocks. Sadlovsky had a .375 hit percentage on seven kills and also had 17 digs.
Senior Kylie Porter had a strong day all around for Pierz with 20 set-assists, 18 digs and nine kills.
Sadlovsky served up six aces and had a team-high 17 digs as Pierz cruised to a 3-0 sweep of CI, Tuesday.
Wins of 25-17, 25-14 and 25-10 led to the Pioneers’ win over the Rangers.
Krych added eight kills and a team-best four blocks.
Pierz (12-9 overall) will host Little Falls for a neighbor battle, Monday.
Huskers streak ends at seven
Maple Lake, Class AA’s top-ranked team ended a Holdingford volleyball seven match win streak with a sweep of the Huskers, Sept. 28.
None of the sets were particularly close as the Huskers fell 25-13, 25-15 and 25-10.
Holdingford bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Osakis in a non-conference match, Tuesday.
The Huskers dropped the first set 24-26, but won 25-17, 26-24 and 25-11 in the next three to win the match.
Senior Rilee Hohbein had match-bests in kills (14) and blocks (four) in the victory for Holdingford.
The Huskers (13-4 overall) will host Royalton, Tuesday.