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Volleyball: BOLD gets rematch with RCW in 3AA-North semis

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BIRD ISLAND -- BOLD, the No. 2 seed in the Section 3AA-North volleyball tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals Friday after defeating Redwood Valley 25-20, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18.

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The Warriors (17-7) will now face No. 3 Renville County West (13-14) in the semifinals Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Redwood Valley. RCW advanced with a 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 20-25, 15-12 win over Yellow Medicine East.

RCW defeated BOLD in five games Oct. 10 in Renville.

BOLD 3, Redwood Valley 1

Missy Benson and Leah Miller each rang up 21 kills to propel the West Central South Conference champions to the semifinal round Tuesday at Redwood Falls.

The Cardinals, who finish 9-16-2, couldn't match that kind of hitting, though they kept it close and won game two 25-22.

After BOLD went up 2-1 in games, Naomi U'ren served Redwood Valley to a 5-1 lead in game four. At that point, BOLD took over with an 11-point run with Breanna Keltgen serving for a 12-5 lead.

BOLD's senior setter Rachel Marks organized the offense with 52 set assists, plus four ace serves. Kory Plumley led the backcourt with 15 digs.

The Cardinals were led by junior Jordan Olerud with 12 kills and five ace serves. Christal Greenslit added 11 kills and U'ren and Brianna Lechner had 18 and 13 assists, respectively. April Meyer contributed four kills, three ace serves and a team-high 11 digs.

"We felt confident tonight," said BOLD's Miller. "And we played really well as a team. It's all mental now. I think we can go pretty far."

Redwood Valley (9-16-2) 20 25 15 18

BOLD (17-7) 25 22 25 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Redwood Valley

Serving: April Myers 12-15-3, Naomi U'ren 11-11-0, Brianna Lechner 12-12-3, Jordan Olerud 15-16-5, Joni Nelson 9-9-0, Christal Greenslit 12-12-2, Jessica Henning 1-2-1 .... Setting: U'ren 49-51-18, Myers 2-4-1, Lechner 44-44-13 .... Hitting: Myers 14-16-4, Lechner 2-3-0, Olerud 20-22-12, Greenslit 26-30-11, Solie 10-115, Grace Angermeyr 10-16-2, Katie Stage 4-5-1 .... Blocking (aces): Taylor Solie 1 ... Digs: Myers 11, U'ren 5, Lechner 5, Olerud 3, Nelson 3, Greenslit 3

BOLD

Serving: Leah Miller 9-10-0, Rachel Marks 15-15-4, Breanna Keltgen 12-13-0, Elizabeth Vogt 22-22-3, Missy Benson 8-10-0, Alison Agre 3-3-0, Sara Grasmon 13-13-0, Megan Novotny 2-2-0 .... Setting: Marks 95-103-52 .... Hitting: Miller 30-34-21, Vogt 10-13-4, Benson 27-32-21, Grasmon 6-13-4, Novotny 4-7-3 .... Blocking (aces): Benson 1, Vogt 1, Miller 2 ... Digs: Kory Plumley 15, Benson 7, Vogt 5, Breanna Keltgen 3, Marks 7, Miller 6

RCW 3, YME 2

The Jaguars won back-to-back 26-24 games to take a 2-1 lead, then had to come back in Game 5 to advance.

The largest margin of victory was YME's 25-20 win in Game 4.

RCW (13-14) had beaten YME (13-9) 3-1 on Oct. 20.

Kayla Eekhoff and Megan Groen paced RCW with 16 kills each and Heidi Abbas followed with 12. Eekhoff also served a team-high six aces and had 26 digs. Sally Smith recorded 42 set assists.

Statistics for Yellow Medicine East were not available at press time.

YME (13-9) 26 24 24 25 12

RCW (13-14) 24 26 26 20 15

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Yellow Medicine East

Statistics not available

Renville County West

Serving: Kayla Eekhoff 16-20-6, Heidi Abbas 10-15-2, Kortney Mulder 15-16-1, Nicole Lindquist 18-20-0, Sally Smith 19-19-0, Megan Groen 18-20-0 .... Setting: Smith 107-108-42, Liz Ellingson 9-9-3, Lindquist 3-4-1 .... Hitting: Eekhoff 45-56-16, Ellingson 9-12-6, Abbas 23-28-12, Mulder 12-15-6, Lindquist 1-1-0, Smith 14-17-4, Emily Grabow 1-1-1, Groen 34-43-16 .... Blocking (aces): Eckhoff 1, Abbas 1, Mulder 2, Smith 1 ... Digs: Eekhoff 26, Ellingson 2, Abbas 3, Mulder 2, Lindquist 20, Smith 20, Groen 10, Megan Dikken 1

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