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Pirates end regular season on winning note

The Verndale Pirates edged Park Region Conference foe Sebeka 3-2 last Tuesday in their regular season finale.

Sebeka took the first game 25-14 but Verndale claimed the second 25-16. Sebeka pulled out a tough 25-23 win in Game 3 but the Pirates came right back to post a 25-23 victory of their own. The Pirates took the tie-breaker 15-11.

Shania Glenz, Jordyn Glenz and Krista Dailey came up with 19, 16 and 10 kills respectively. Sarah Moenkedick a strong defensive effort with 20 digs. Haley Stinar, Elyssa Kern and Jordyn Glenz all chipped in with 14 digs. Kern was the team’s set assist leader with 30 while Stinar added 11.

The Pirates, who have won seven of their last eight, will now take an 18-9-1 record into the South Sub-Section 5A playoffs. The third-seeded Pirates will host sixth-seeded Eagle Valley Thursday at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to Friday’s round to challenge second-seeded Bertha-Hewitt.

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa and Nevis are the top-seeded clubs in the north and south halves of Section 5A.

“We have really improved through the season,” Verndale Head Coach Shelley Glenz said. “Our setters and hitters are connecting and have been able to bring the quick game to our level of play as we end our regular season play.  We are excited to be playing well entering playoffs and we will take it one game at a time.”

Verndale 3, Sebeka 2

Kills- Shania Glenz 19, Jordyn Glenz 16, Krista Dailey 10, Sarah Moenkedick 6, Alexys Thompson 1

Ace Serves- Haley Stinar 1, Sarah Moenkedick 1, Elyssa Kern 1

Set Assists- Elyssa Kern 30, Haley Stinar 11, Shania Glenz 1, Sarah Moenkedick 1, Megan Dougherty 1, Krista Dailey 2, Alexys Thompson 1

Digs- Sarah Moenkedick 20, Jordyn Glenz 14, Haley Stinar 14, Elyssa Kern 14, Shania Glenz 4, Jessica Wright 7, Alexys Thompson 3, Krista Dailey 3, Megan Dougherty 1

Blocks – Krista Dailey 3, Shania Glenz 2, Elyssa Kern 1