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Prep volleyball roundup: Warriors dig down, outlast tenacious SESM

BOLD senior middle hitter Baylie Kubesh stretches up to turn back a shot by Sleepy Eye-St. Mary’s Bethany Berkner during the second game of a Section 2A-North quarterfinals match on Thursday in Olivia. Kubesh finished with 19 kills and BOLD advanced to the semifinals with a three-game sweep of the Knights. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

OLIVIA — The BOLD volleyball team was tested by a tenacious No. 7 seed but the Warriors were equally strong-willed, rebounding from deficits in the first two games and eventually taking down Sleepy Eye-St. Mary’s in the Section 2A-North quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Warriors needed overtime to win game one, clawed out of an early hole in game two, then wrapped up the match with a relatively easy game three, 27-25, 25-22, 25-18.

BOLD, the No. 2 seed, improved to 17-8 overall and plays No. 3-seed Mankato Loyola (21-7) in the semifinals on Tuesday in Gaylord.

Loyola defeated Springfield in five games on Thursday.

BOLD’s Baylie Kubesh played a strong game up front, hitting .372 with just three errors in 43 attempts. She finished with 19 kills.

Mallarie Steffel had 8 kills, Carly Sigurdson had 6 and Paige Larsen and Andrea Maher both finished with 4.

Kubesh and Kiah Morse accounted for two blocks.

Allison Krause made two errors in 59 attempts and had 21 set assists while Kubesh handled 35 sets and assisted on 11 kills.

Sigurdson and Steffel both dug up 17 shots and Kubesh, Larsen and Bailey Elbert all had 10 digs.

BOLD 3, SESM 0

Sleepy Eye-SM (15-12)    25 22 18

BOLD (17-8)        27 25 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Sleepy Eye-St. Mary’s

Statistics not available

BOLD

Serving: Baylie Kubesh 11-13-1, Paige Larsen 18-18-1, Carly Sigurdson 9-10-1, Mallarie Steffel 12-14-2, Andre Maher 7-7-0, Bailey Elbert 2-2-0, Allison Krause 8-10-0 … Set assists: Krause 21, Kubesh 11 … Hitting: Kubesh 40-40-19, Larsen 13-14-4, Sigurdson 15-20-6, Steffel 19-23-8, Maher 13-15-4, Kiah Morse 11-12-3 … Blocking (total): Kubesh 1, Morse 1 … Digs (5 or more): Kubesh 10, Larsen 10, Sigurdson 17, Steffel 17, Elbert 10

BLHS advances in 2A-North

HECTOR — Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart advanced in Section 2A-North with a 29-27, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Cleveland on Thursday.

The No. 1-seeded Mustangs will play New Ulm Cathedral in the subsection semifinals on Tuesday at Gaylord.

Kiana Johnson paced BLHS with 10 kills, 2 ace serves and 3 ace blocks.

Hannah VanderVoort added 8 kills, 16 digs and 3 ace serves, and Carley Klabunde had 6 kills and 1 ace block. 

BLHS 3, Cleveland 0

Cleveland (11-14)              27 20 18

BLHS (17-11)     29 25 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Cleveland

Statistics not available

Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart

Serving: Ashley Tintes 9-9-0, Hannah VanderVoort 17-19-3, Carley Klabunde 5-5-0, Maddie Ludowese 15-15-0, Ashley Peterson 16-17-0, Kiana Johnson 12-12-2 … Setting (assists): Tintes 17, Peterson 13 … Hitting: VanderVoort 30-34-8, Tintes 2-2-0, Jacey Nelson 11-13-2, Klabunde 21-24-6, Becca Ebbers 22-24-7, Mara Olinger 2-2-0, Ludowese 28-30-4, Peterson 4-4-1, Johnson 27-30-10 … Blocking (aces): Tintes 1, Klabunde 1, Johnson 3 … Digs: VanderVoort 16, Olinger 15, Ludowese 16, Peterson 10

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