Nevis halts BBE bid for third straight title
BRAINERD -- Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa got a taste of what it's been serving to opponents for many years. The Jaguars were swept by Nevis 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 in the Section 5A championship on Saturday.
It marked the first time this season that BBE was swept in a best-of-five match all season.
Nevis moves on to the Class A state tournament that begins on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. BBE, bidding for a third straight trip to state, finished the season with a 27-6 record. It was the seventh consecutive season the Jaguars have won 20-or-more matches. During that stretch, the Jaguars have gone 193-32.
Maggie Gruber had 11 kills for BBE in 32 swings. Rachel Anderson delivered six kills. Gruber, Brittany Roelike and Julie Hieserich had two ace serves apiece. Hieserich was credited with 22 assists. Raeann Sorenson led the team with 11 digs.
BBE, normally a strong blocking team, had only two ace blocks in the match.
The Jaguars were the top seed in the 5A-West playoffs and swept Upsala and Kimball in their first two matches before topping Bertha-Hewitt 3-1 in the final to earn the right to meet Nevis for the overall 5A crown.
Nevis 3, BBE 0
BBE 18 17 20
Nevis 25 25 25
Serving: Shannon Gruber 9-9-0, Brittany Roelike 12-12-2, Maggie Gruber 6-10-2, Julie Hieserich 9-10-2, Anna Marthaler 7-7-0, Raeann Sorenson 5-6-0, Taylor Braegelman 1-1-0 ... Setting: Rachel Anderson 1-1-0, S.Gruber 4-4-0, Roelike 3-3-0, M.Gruber 1-1-0, Hieserich 84-85-22, Sorenson 2-2-0, Lauren Anderson 2-2-0 ... Hitting: R.Anderson 14-15-6, S.Gruber 12-16-3, Roelike 5-7-1, M.Gruber 27-32-11, Hieserich 2-2-0, L.Anderson 2-3-0, Braegelman 1-1-0, Shyann Kuefler 1-1-1 ... Blocking (aces): R.Anderson 1, M.Gruber 1 ... Digs: S.Gruber 6, Roelike 3, M.Gruber 1, Hieserich 6, Marthaler 3, Sorenson 11, Braegelman 3
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