NEVIS – Last fall Nevis finished second at the state Class A volleyball tournament and the Tigers are among the favorites to make a run at the 2012 title.
Currently the Tigers are ranked fourth in the Class A poll and Thursday in Nevis the Tigers lived up to that billing as they rallied from a 2-1 deficit in games to outlast Bemidji 25-13, 19-25, 23-25, 27-25, 15-11.
The loss was the first in six matches for Bemidji which also was a state tournament participant last year, claiming the Section 8-3A title.
“It was a battle. It was a fun match to play,” said BHS coach Teresa Colligan. “These are the types of matches we need to have in order to compete at a high level.”
Thursday night the Lumberjacks owned a 2-1 advantage in games and held the lead in the fourth game. Nevis, however, took advantage of Bemidji miscues to battle back and claim the fourth game 27-25. And the home team hung on in the decisive game to win the match.
“Both teams had some tremendous digs and tremendous kills but we made some key errors at the wrong times in that fourth game,” Colligan said.
“Against a good team you have to hold onto the lead. You can’t let (an opponent) back in.”
Jess Yost paced the Lumberjacks with 23 kills and 18 digs. Timi Severson contributed 13 kills.
Blake Bardwell had seven blocks and Yost five. Allie Heifort ripped three aces and Hanna Olson two while Alexa Greendahl dished 35 assists.
Jasmin Yerbich collected 16 digs and Myria Colley had 14.
BHS hopes to start another winning streak Saturday when it hosts Duluth East at 2:30 p.m.
The Greyhounds improved to 4-4 Thursday when they blanked Grand Rapids 25-15, 25-22, 25-14 in Grand Rapids.