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Yellow Medicine East' Aimee Johnson, right, sets up teammate Stina Leiseth for an attack during the first game against Lac qui Parle Valley Thursday. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

YME ousts LQPV

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REDWOOD FALLS -- Yellow Medicine East earned its second straight trip to the Section 3AA volleyball championship match with a 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 25-16 win over Lac qui Parle Valley in the North subsection title tilt Thursday.

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The Sting will play Marshall Saturday at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

YME blitzed the Eagles with quick offense, allowing the Sting to keep one step ahead of LQPV through a tough stretch when the Eagles closed to within 15-14 in the first game.

"We like to run a fast offense and the faster we can run it, the better we are," said YME coach, Tasha Feldman. "We knew (the Eagles) were a scrappy team. We just had to expect everything."

The Sting's aggressive nature worked against them in the second game.

"We made 15 unforced errors in that second game. We can't do that against better teams," Feldman said. "But we were able to come back and raise our intensity."

The Eagles got as close as 20-18 in the third game, but Courtney Knudson served four straight points, including an ace, to give YME a 2-1 lead.

The momentum stayed on the Sting's side of the court in the final game as Livi Jeseritz served a string of six points at the end and Stina Leiseth punctuated the victory with her 22nd kill.

Jamie Baker added 13 kills for the Sting and Macy McKay followed with 11. Aimee Johnson had 45 assists and Jeseritz 27 digs.

Andrea Rheingans led the Eagles with eight kills, Callie Bergerson had seven and P.J. Thole six. Angie Thompson recorded 12 set assists and Micaela Erickson had 17 digs.

YME 3, LQPV 1

LQPV 19 25 19 16

YME 25 18 25 25

(Key: good-attempts-aces)

Lac qui Parle Valley

Serving: Kayla Henneberg 14-14-0, Andrea Rheingans 9-10-0, Micaela Erickson 18-18-1, Missy Carruth 13-14-1, Miranda Bonk 11-12-1, Angie Thompson 11-12-0 ... Setting: Bonk 42-44-11, Thompson 43-51-12 ... Hitting: Calli Bergerson 13-16-7, Henneberg 7-9-1, Rheingans 22-27-8, Erickson 19-22-5, Carruth 15-16-4, P.J. Thole 15-21-6 ... Blocking (aces): Bergerson 1, Thole 2 ... Digs: Henneberg 12, Rheingans 16, Erickson 17, Carruth 9, Bonk 8, Thompson 7

Yellow Medicine East

Serving: Stina Leiseth 11-12-1, Macy McKay 10-13-0, Courtney Knudson 16-16-2, Jamie Baker 12-13-2, Aimee Johnson 11-15-0, Livi Jeseritz 16-22-2 ... Setting: Knudson 9-12-3, Johnson 131-133-45 ... Hitting: Leiseth 42-45-22, McKay 34-37-11, Knudson 5-5-2, Baker 26-28-13, Johnson 3-4-3, Whitney Swenson 1-1-0, Jeseritz 20-27-6 ... Blocking (total): Leiseth 2½, Knudson 1, Baker 2½, Johnson 1, Jeseritz 1½ ... Digs: Leiseth 13, McKay 21, Knudson 8, Baker 3, Sami Cross 10, Johnson 11, Jeseritz 27

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