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Tiger spikers go 2-1 at HON meet

Superior Telegram The Northwestern Tigers volleyball team wrapped up its regular season by going 2-1 in the Heart O' North Conference meet Thursday night in Hayward. The Tigers lost to Hayward 2-1 (25-17, 18-25, 15-8) then swept Spooner 3-0 (14-2...

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The Northwestern Tigers volleyball team wrapped up its regular season by going 2-1 in the Heart O’ North Conference meet Thursday night in Hayward.

The Tigers lost to Hayward 2-1 (25-17, 18-25, 15-8) then swept Spooner 3-0 (14-25, 25-22, 15-10) and Cumberland 3-0 (28-26, 25-20).

“We really started slow in each match,” NHS coach Charlie Hessel said. “Against Hayward, we were down 9-1 right out of the chutes, but out girls didn’t panic and stayed aggressive in every set.”

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Northwestern leaders were Cheyenne Johnson, 32 kills; Lexi Janigo, 35 digs; Alyssa Frick, 34 digs; and Daisy Mack, 66 assists.

“After the last match of the night we talked about what strides we have made as a team when it comes to scoring our own points,” Hessel said. “Early in the season, we really struggled in that aspect of the game. Thursday night we kept the ball in play until the other team made mistakes.

“Now we’re excited to have the ball, and our hitters are playing very well. It has given everyone a lot of energy and they continue to feed off of it.”

The Tigers, who finish the regular season 15-12 and 7-7 in the HON, open the WIAA Division 2 regionals at 7 p.m. today at Rice Lake.

The winner will play at No. 1 Barron at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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