VOLLEYBALL: Bemidji plays another 5-set match, this time losing to Duluth East

Although the Lumberjacks pulled it out in their previous two marathons, the Greyhounds had the last laugh on Tuesday for a 3-2 win.

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DULUTH – The Bemidji High School volleyball team played its third five-setter in as many matches on Tuesday, going toe to toe with Duluth East in Duluth.

Although the Lumberjacks pulled it out in their previous two marathons, the Greyhounds had the last laugh on Tuesday for a 3-2 win.

After losing 25-23 in the first set, BHS rallied to win the second set 25-21. Bemidji then took control with a 25-14 victory in the third set -- jumping ahead 2-1 on the night -- but Duluth East (12-8) came back with a 25-22 win in the fourth set and a decisive 15-13 win in the fifth set.

Despite the loss, the Jacks (11-13) had a strong attack on the night and hit .271 as a team. Beth Bolte led all with 20 kills and a .459 hitting percentage, while Elizabeth Oster hit .372 and racked up 18 kills. Mollie Rupp rounded out the double-digit attackers with 15 kills at a .250 clip.

Margie Anderson tallied 54 set assists, while Jessa Stay had three aces and Anderson two.


On the defensive side, Bolte had a team-best 23 digs, and Brooklyn Saiger produced a team-best three blocks.

BHS will close out the regular season at the Chaska Invitational, which is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Duluth East 3, Bemidji 2

BHS 23 25 25 22 13 -- 2

DE 25 21 14 25 15 -- 3

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