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Patriots' volleyball season comes to an end

SWC Eagles win contest in three games 23-25, 16-25, 14-25
Joni Deelstra for the Star Herald

The No. 10-ranked HBC Patriots traveled to Edgerton Monday evening to begin the first round of subsection volleyball against No. 7-ranked Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles.
A strong start in Set 1 by the Eagles gave them the lead 7-3, but the Patriots rallied back with a block by Taylor Durst to get them within one point 7-6.
Tess VanMaanen, who had a great season serving, added two ace serves to again come within one point, 11-10.
The very next play was a pass by Sam Moser, set by VanMaanen and a hit off of SWC blockers by Lanae Elbers to tie the score 11-11. 
A push to the deep SWC corner by Brynn Rauk kept it close and another push to the deep corner by Kenadie Fick tied it at 22-22.
An ace serve by VanMaanen gave the Patriots their first lead 23-22, but SWC answered back with an ace serve and a tip over HBC'S blockers to take the first set 25-23.
Fick started Set 2 strong with two kills. An ace serve by Rauk tied the score at 6-6. A block by Elbers tied it again at 13-13. H-BC struggled to slow down SWC's front row attacks and serving. The Eagles were able to capitalize on HBC’s mistakes and finish the second set 25-16.
A dig by Fick, set by VanMaanen and kill by Moser started the third game’s score at 4-3 in favor of SWC.
Durst took advantage of a floater barely over the net and tallied a kill to help give the Patriots the lead 7-4.
Two kills by Fick and Elbers kept them ahead 11-9. HBC stayed in the lead 12-11 with an out-of-bounds serve by SWC.
The Eagles fought back with a series of serves and eight straight points to take the lead 21-14. Once again SWC was able to capitalize on HBC’s mistakes and win the final set 14-25.
Serves: Tess VanMaanen 3 ace serves, Brynn Rauk 10/10 serving with one ace serve
Attacks: Lanae Elbers 4 kills
Blocks: Lanae Elbers 2
Digs: Tess VanMaanen 6
Set assists: Tess VanMaanen 10, Brynn Rauk 8

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