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Hunters defeat Spartans in close match; Eagles win on the road

The Superior High School volleyball team lost three close games to the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Tuesday night as Denfeld won the match, 3-0. The Hunters won each game by two points, taking the first 28-26 and both the second and third games by a sc...

The Superior High School volleyball team lost three close games to the Duluth Denfeld Hunters Tuesday night as Denfeld won the match, 3-0.

The Hunters won each game by two points, taking the first 28-26 and both the second and third games by a score of 26-24.

"With their families and fans behind them, Denfeld played well on their Parents' Night," SHS coach Lindsay Peterson said. "Superior also played hard -- definitely a disappointing loss."

Leading the Superior team in kills was Caitlin Keute with six. She also contributed 14 assists and 10 digs to the Spartans' effort for another well-rounded performance. Amber Callaway also showed off her varied skills with four kills, three service aces and two blocks. Amanda LeBard had four kills while Caitlin Vaughan added two kills.

Kara Hoff played a strong defensive match, leading the team in digs with 15 and also contributing two service aces.

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Ashlee Olson had seven digs in the match and added three kills to the Spartans' offensive effort. Sara Strand had 14 assists and two service aces for Superior.

SHS will next play the Duluth East Greyhounds on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Eagles 3, Tigers 1

The Solon Springs volleyball team started slow but finished strong with a 3-1 win at Mercer Tuesday night.

The Tigers won the first game 25-18 before the Eagles rattled off three straight wins, 25-10, 25-19 and 25-20.

"Things didn't start out as smoothly for us," SSHS junior Salaan Gilbert said. "We got a new rotation so things were mixed up a little bit, but by the second game we seemed to pull it together a little better and get used to our new places."

Gilbert led the Eagles with 26 kills, five aces, four digs and two blocks. She also committed four errors.

Rachel Hanley added 15 kills with six aces and four digs; Rachel Vessley had two kills, one set assist and three digs; Chanda Deming had 41 set assists, one ace, four digs and one block; Leslie Zamzow had four digs, one kill and one ace; Ailien Bowker had three digs and Amber Johnson chipped in with four kills, three aces and two digs.

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"Chanda did a good job mixing up the sets a little bit and trying out some of our new hits we've been practicing in practice for a few weeks now," Gilbert said. "Mercer was a good team to test them out on, they had a block so we had to use new things to get around it.

"Our other hitters also did a good job for us tonight. Stats might not show that they hit, but all our hitters are starting to improve and try out the new hits as well. Amber Johnson did a good job on the right side getting to the ball and getting a few kills for us there."

The Eagles are at Butternut/Glidden at 7 p.m. Thursday. Solon Springs will also compete in the Hurley tournament on Saturday. The first matches are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

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