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Kimball Cubs clinch home volleyball tournament

On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Kimball varsity and junior varsity squads worked together to go 5-1 for the day to win their home eight-team tournament. Other participating teams included Holdingford, Eden Valley-Watkins, and Royalton. The tournament format allowed each varsity team to play each other once and each junior varsity team to play each other once. Combined varsity and junior varsity wins determined the tournament champion. Kimball played Holdingford in the ?rst round of matches. Although Kimball lost to Holdingford 3-0 in regular season play, the Cubs came back to seize the win this time. In game one Kimball scored 25-8 and scored 25-20 in game two. Once the Cubs ?gured out that serving and swinging aggressively were key, they rolled past Holdingford. Match highlights include Rachel Lahr with six kills; Molly Hurrle with 16 set assists and 12 digs; and Tesslynn Callander with five ace serves, four kills, and eight digs. In match two, however, Kimball did not fare well against Eden Valley-Watkins. It was evident EV-W was ready to play. They started out strong, and Kimball started slow. Missing serves, net fouls, and other unforced errors resulted in a loss in game one 19-25 and in game two 20-25. Kelsi Woods had seven digs, Molly Hurrle had 20 set assists and seven digs, and Tesslynn Callander had eight kills and nine digs. In the last match of the day, Kimball defeated Royalton 25-14 and 25-19. Kimball started tough, swinging aggressively. In game two, Royalton played point for point with Kimball, and at one time, was leading Kimball by four points. The Cubs fought back, knowing they had to take the win if they wanted to stay in the running for the championship. Match highlights include Rachel Lahr with seven kills, Kelsi Woods with 12 digs, Reana Orbeck with six digs, Molly Hurrle with 21 set assists, and Tesslynn Callander with six kills and four digs. Kimball versus Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa On Thursday, Oct. 9, Kimball played excellent volleyball against state-ranked BBE. Although the Cubs lost 3-0 against the Jaguars, they gave BBE and Kimball fans a fantastic showing. Kimball came out strong, blocking and moving the ball around well. Kimball was up by a couple points at one time, but lost the game 23-25 to a poised BBE squad.  In game two, Kimball continued to play well, keeping the momentum with a seven-point serving run by Molly Hurrle, but again, BBE's dominating hitters never hesitated resulting in a 15-25 loss for Kimball.  The ?nal game of the night ended closer than the second. Both teams pushed for points with aggressive serving and hitting, but BBE's dominating middle and outside made it dif?cult for Kimball to recover. The ?nal score of game three was 17-25. Match highlights include five kills, two solo blocks and three block assists for sophomore Shannon Donnay, 14 set assists and four digs for junior Molly Hurrle, along with 13 digs and two aces serves for junior Kelsi Woods.