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  • Volleyball team pulls off two section upsets

  • Peaking at precisely the right time, the Montevideo volleyball team has advanced to the Section 3AA North championship match.
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  • Peaking at precisely the right time, the Montevideo volleyball team has advanced to the Section 3AA North championship match.
    Upset wins over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop have earned the 10-14-1 Thunder Hawks a date with the perennial section powerhouse Marshall Tig­ers (23-5) today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at Yellow Medi­cine East High School in Granite Falls. The winner will meet the champion of the South half of the section Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Minne­sota State Univers­ity in Marsh­all for a berth in the state tournament.
    Monte 3, Morris Area 1
    Getting their best balanced offensive attack of the season, the sixth-seeded Thunder Hawks surprised the third-seeded Tigers in four games Friday at Morris.
    A month earlier, Monte­video had lost in four sets to the Tigers on the Thunder Hawks' home floor but, on Friday, the underdog T-Hawks jumped out to a 15-7 lead in the first set.
    The teams traded points until Montevideo won the opening set 30-28 on a Tigers hitting error.
    The Tigers roared back to dominate the second set 25-13 after Montevideo had an early 7-6 lead.
    Montevideo trailed 15-11 in the pivotal third set before senior Rhea Melby made three kills and an ace block to put the T-Hawks ahead 23-18. Natalie Feldhake's kill gave Monte­video the set-winning point.
    The momentum was clearly on Montevideo's side now as the T-Hawks took a 10-1 in the fourth set. A big hit by Nettie Duvall pushed the lead to 16-4 and sophomore Erin Balken came off the bench to contribute some hard-to-handle serves, including an ace. The set and match ended on a Tigers error.
    Ashley Hoehne had 14 kills and Duvall added 12.
    Montevideo 3, GFW 0
    The Thunder Hawks re­turned to the site of where they were eliminated from last year's section tourney, only this time Montevideo made the long bus ride back from Win­throp a happy one by sweeping second-seeded Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Tuesday.
    In the opening set, Jessie Janisch served for six points, including two aces, as the T-Hawks took a 24-19 lead, but GFW saved four set points before Nettie Duvall's kill gave Monte­video the set 25-23.
    GFW led most of the second set before Montevideo broke a 20-all tie. Ashley Hoehne's 12th kill of the match put Montevideo up 25-24 and a Thunderbirds hitting error gave the Thunder Hawks the set.
    The T-Hawks led the third set 23-16 before GFW ran off four straight points. But Lindsey Olson's kill put Monte­video ahead 24-20, and Nettie Duvall ended the match with an ace serve.
    Hoehne finished with 18 kills for Montevideo and six other players had between three and six kills. Monte­video missed just one serve all night, with Duvall leading the way with a pair of ace serves. Tori Kuhlmann had just one error in 124 setting opportunities and assisted on 24 kills.
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