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Volleyball: PR-B second at Big Axe Tourney - 24-game win streak ends against Brainerd

Seniors Bailey Wynn, Slyssa Semmler, Ellie Smith, Anna Downie and Gabby Rainwater1 / 2
PR-B's Jaime Johnson hits the ball during the Tigers' win over the Pillager Huskies Tuesday, Oct. 9.2 / 2

Rylie Hirschey collected 119 set assists and Alyssa Semmler 51 kills as the Pine River-Backus volleyball team finished second at the Big Axe Tournament at Forestview Middle School Saturday, Oct. 13, falling in the championship match to Brainerd.

The championship loss ended a streak of 24 consecutive wins for the Tigers.

The Warriors defeated the Pine River-Backus Tigers 2-1 to claim the title. PR-B won the first game 25-23 but the Warriors swept the final two games 25-13, 15-10.

PRB, ranked sixth in Class A, defeated Monticello 2-0, Anoka 2-1 and Mabel-Canton 2-0 before beating Dassel-Cokato 2-0 in pool play.

Bailey Wynn recorded 36 kills and 29 digs for the Tigers - along with six blocks and five ace serves - while Gabby Rainwater had 25 kills and 19 digs and Emma Barchus had 33 digs.

Pool A

Brainerd def Thief River Falls 2-0

Dassel-Cokato def Zimmerman 2-1

Brainerd def Dassel-Cokato 2-1

Zimmerman def Thief River Falls 2-1

Brainerd def Zimmerman 2-0

Dassel-Cokato def Thief River Falls 2-1

Pool B

Anoka def Mabel-Canton 2-0

Pine River Backus def Monticello 2-0

Monticello def Mabel-Canton 2-1

Pine River Backus def Anoka 2-1

Pine River Backus def Mabel-Canton 2-0

Anoka def Monticello 2-0

Playoffs

Pine River Backus def Dassel-Cokato 2-0

Brainerd def Anoka 2-0

Mabel Canton def Zimmerman 2-0

Monticello def Thief River Falls 2-0

Place Matches

Championship: Brainerd def Pine River Backus 2-1

Third Place: Anoka def Dassel-Cokato 2-1

Fifth Place: Mabel-Canton def Monticello 2-0

Seventh Place: Thief River Falls def Zimmerman 2-0

Pine River-Backus statistics

Rylie Hirschey 119 set assists, 30 digs, 2 kills, 1 block, 4 ace serves

Alyssa Semmler 1 set assist, 7 digs, 51 kills, 7 blocks, 2 ace serves

Bailey Wynn 1 set assist, 29 digs, 36 kills, 6 blocks, 5 ace serves

Gabby Rainwater 2 set assists, 19 digs, 25 kills, 3 blocks

Anna Felthous 6 set assists, 5 digs, 7 kills, 3 blocks

Jaime Johnson 12 digs, 15 kills, 1 block, 5 ace serves

Olivia Adkins 22 digs, 4 ace serves

Anna Downie 2 digs

Emma Barchus 33 digs, 1 ace serve

Ellie Smith 3 digs, 3 ace serves

Claire Dahl 3 digs

Overall: PRB 24-2.

Pine River-Backus 3, Blackduck 0

Riley Hirschey totaled 38 set assists and seven ace serves for Class 1A's sixth-ranked Pine River-Backus Tigers who rolled past the Blackduck Drakes 3-0 in a Northland Conference match Thursday, Oct. 11.

The Tigers have won 20 straight since a season-opening loss to Cannon Falls and have only lost five sets in that time.

Alyssa Semmler contributed 13 kills and five ace serves for PR-B which finished with 18 ace serves.

Blackduck 8 7 12

Pine River-Backus 25 25 25

Pine River-Backus statistics

Emily Hanneken 1 kill, 1 ace serve

Gabby Rainwater 6 kills

Bailey Wynn 2 digs, 11 kills, 1 ace serve

Anna Downie 1 set assist, 1 kill, 1 ace serve

Ellie Smith 1 ace serve

Anna Felthous 1 dig, 2 kills

Jaime Johnson 5 kills, 2 ace serves

Olivia Adkins 2 digs, 1 kill

Claire Dahl 1 dig

Alyssa Semmler 1 dig, 13 kills, 5 ace serves

Rylie Hirschey 38 set assists, 4 digs, 7 ace serves

Emma Barchus 1 dig

PR-B 3, Pillager 0

Bailey Wynn of Pine River-Backus recorded 13 kills and 11 digs for the Tigers as they defeated the Pillager Huskies 3-0 Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Riley Hirschey registered 31 set assists and 10 digs for Class 1A's sixth-ranked Tigers as they won their 19th game in a row.

Pillager's Kassie Gardener recorded 15 digs while Maggie Schmit tallied 10 digs.

Pine River-Backus 25 25 25

Pillager 12 17 12

Pine River-Backus statistics

Gabby Rainwater 3 digs, 5 kills, 1 ace serve

Bailey Wynn 11 digs, 13 kills, 1 block, 2 ace serves

Anna Downie 1 set assist, 2 ace serves

Ellie Smith 2 digs, 1 ace serve

Anna Felthous 1 dig, kill

Jaime Johnson 5 digs, 8 kills

Olivia Adkins 6 digs, 1 block, 1 ace serve

Claire Dahl 3 digs

Alyssa Semmler 8 kills, 3 blocks

Rylie Hirschey 31 set assists, 10 digs

Emma Barchus, 2 digs, 1 ace serve

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