After defeating Parker’s Prairie by scores of 25-15 and 25-23, and Blackduck 26-24 and 25-12, the Pine River-Backus Tigers lost to Pequot Lakes 25-19, 25-13 in the championship game to the Pine and Lakes volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Pine River.
The Tigers were down 5-3 in the first game against Pequot Lakes when they went on a six-point run including a kill by Journee Howard to take the lead 9-5. The Tigers led 15-12 before giving up an eight-point run to the Patriots. They were not able to come back from that point.
The second game was tied 11-11 when Pequot got a six-point run to take over, and eventually won the title.
PR-B, 4-4 overall, were scheduled to host Crosby-Ironton on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and then host Laporte at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Team scores: PR-B def. Parkers Prairie 25-19, 25-13; PR-B def. Blackduck 26-24, 25-12; Pequot Lakes def. PR-B 25-19, 25-13.
Pine River-Backus statistics: Journee Howard 5 ace serves, 8 kills, 2 blocks, 26 set assists, 16 digs Lily Wiemann 4 ace serves, 2 kills, 1 block, 3 digs Desirae Sonenstahl 2 ace serves, 2 digs Carlee Staples 1 ace serve, 6 kills, 8 digs Megan Porta 1 ace serve, 8 kills, 3 blocks, 2 set assists, 9 digs Callie Tilbury 1 ace serve, 3 kills, 6 digs Lainey Kangas 1 dig Megan Felthous 7 ace serves, 16 kills, 6 blocks, 3 set assists, 15 digs Kayla Adkins 23 digs
Nevis 3, PR-B 0
The Tigers were defeated in three games in a conference match against the host Nevis Tigers, who took fourth in the state tournament last year, on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The first game was tied 7-7 when Nevis got a four-point run to take the lead, and they dominated the rest of the game to hand the Tigers a loss 12-25. The second game was three points closer as the Tigers were ahead 10-9, but gave up two 4-point runs in a row and lost 25-15.
The third game was the closest as the Tigers came back from being down 19-15 to tie it 21-21, before giving up yet another four-point run to take the loss 25-21.
“I’m so proud of the way my team has been competing these last few weeks,” said Journee Howard. “I know our first two games have been losses, which is always hard to come back from, but being one of the only teams to break 20 with Nevis is a huge step up from where we have been in the last couple of years. I think that alone really shows what we’re capable of doing.”
Howard finished with seven kills to lead the Tigers.
“The chemistry with all of our girls is amazing,” she said. “When someone is down everyone picks her right back up. I believe that kind of support can make a huge difference in the way anyone plays.
“As far as the rest of the season goes, I’m looking forward to this year more than any I have before. I believe that we’re going to go farther than we have (in recent years).”
PR-B stats: Journee Howard 1 ace serve, 7 kills, 6 set assists, 3 digs. Lily Wiemann 3 kills, 1 block, 1 dig. Carlee Staples 1 set assist, 2 digs. Megan Porta 2 ace serves, 1 kill, 1 block, 2 digs. Callie Tilbury 1 set assist, 2 digs. Lainey Kangas 1 dig. Megan Felthous 4 kills, 6 digs. Kayla Adkins 1 kill, 8 digs.