APPLE VALLEY – The Bemidji High School volleyball team split its first two matches at the prestigious Apple Valley Invitational Friday, falling to second-ranked Blaine 2-0 but sweeping the host team in the consolation bracket.
The Lumberjacks opened with a 25-13, 25-20 loss to the Bengals.
“Every team at this tournament is very good and against Blaine we were off defensively,” said BHS coach Teresa Colligan. “The pace in this tournament is so much quicker than we are used to seeing and it was hard for us to adjust, especially in the first game.
“In the second game we were more consistent but Blaine is an amazingly good volleyball team.”
Jess Yost led the offense with six kills.
In its second match of the night Bemidji fared better, outlasting Apple Valley 30-28, 25-22.
“We were a little inconsistent but we played well enough to win,” Colligan said.
Yost had 13 kills while Timi Severson and Allie Heifort had seven.
The Jacks return to the court at 9:30 a.m. today to face either Bethlehem Academy or Moorhead.