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VOLLEYBALL: Bemidji drops pair at Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY — The Bemidji volleyball team knew the Apple Valley Eagle Invitational would be tough.

After all, a tournament with three state champions and four more state tournament qualifiers from 2012 was bound to be a murderers’ row.

The Lumberjacks, who themselves finished sixth in Class 3A, battled against two of the state’s best teams Friday but came up short.

The Lumberjacks fell to defending Class 2A state champion Marshall in two sets before losing to a ranked Waconia squad in three sets.

“We knew it was going to be a tough tournament coming in,” BHS head coach Teresa Colligan said. “There are some great teams in this tournament.”

The Lumberjacks (3-6) lost to Marshall in two sets, 25-16 and 25-20.

The top-ranked Tigers dominated early but the Lumberjacks fought back late in the first set and through the whole second set.

“We were shaky at first,” Colligan said. “But we came back and played better in that last set.”

Myria Colley, who is one of three returning starters, led the BHS offense with six kills while Alexa Greendahl had 17 assists, Claire Laakso had three blocks and Talia Lucken 11 digs.

In the second game of the night BHS won the first set over Class 3A receiving-votes Waconia in a thrilling 27-25 victory but dropped the second and third sets, 25-17 and 15-11.

Against Waconia Colley had 11 kills while Lueken, Colley and Greendahl had five digs apiece.

Emily Falldorf and Laakso had two digs and Karlie Leif had two service aces.

The Lumberjacks take on Apple Valley at 9:30 a.m. today and will play again at noon.

Jack Hittinger

Jack Hittinger is the sports editor of the Bemidji Pioneer. He is also the Bemidji State beat writer. He hails from the Great State of Michigan. Read his Bemidji State blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Jackhitts.

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