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Prep Volleyball: Nevis sweeps BBE in 5A final; Marshall hammers Morris/CA in 3AA final

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PIERZ — The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa volleyball team’s season came to end under familiar circumstances.

Nevis methodically wrapped up its third straight Section 5A championship with a 25-19, 25-18, 25-10 victory over the Jaguars on Saturday.

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The match marked the sixth straight time BBE and Nevis have met for the section title, with Nevis winning the last three and also taking the championship in 2009.

The Jaguars (24-8) have averaged 27 wins the last six seasons, but they’ve managed just two wins over Nevis in the sections, advancing to state in 2010 and 2008.

On Saturday, the Jaguars had a tough time up front, committing 23 hitting errors on 108 attempts. They finished with 25 total kills.

Becca Gruber led the Jags with 9 kills and Hailey Braegelman had 6.

Megan Weller had 5 kills and 2 of BBE’s 3 ace blocks. Braegelman and Tessa Halvorson combined for 21 set assists.

Nevis (22-9) opens the Class A state tournament against Win-E-Mac (30-3) on Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Nevis 3, BBE 0

BBE (24-8)           19 18 10

Nevis (22-9)        25 25 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa

Serving: Megan Weller 9-9-0, Kinlee Swanson 9-11-2, Haley VanBeck 4-6-0, Hailey Braegelman 8-8-0, Karlee Kern 8-8-0, Tessa Halvorson 6-6-1 … Set assists: Braegelman 11, Halvorson 10 … Hitting: Weller 20-24-5, Swanson 13-19-4, Becca Gruber 25-31-9, Braegelman 14-19-6, Jamie Meyer 6-6-1 … Blocking (aces): Weller 2, Swanson 1 … Digs (5 or more): Swanson 13, Gruber 5, VanBeck 7, Braegelman 14, Kern 24

Nevis

Statistics not available

Marshall overwhelms Tigers in 3AA final

Morris/Chokio-Alberta lost to Marshall in three games in the Section 3AA final Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall.

Marshall defeated the Tigers 25-15, 25-9 and 25-7.

Morris/CA finished 19-6.

Marshall’s Kenzie Beekman played a solid all-around game, finishing with 15 kills, 2 blocks, 4 ace serves and 20 digs. Sydney Griffin was equally well-rounded, with 11 kills, 16 set assists, 2 blocks and 8 digs. Marah Mulso led Marshall with 7 blocks.

Marshall (29-3), which has won the last two Class AA championships, begins its quest for a third-straight state title against Mora at 5 p.m. Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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