The Northwestern Tigers fell Thursday, Sept. 17 to the Ladysmith Lumberjills at Northwestern High School in Maple.

It was a different look inside the gym with everyone inside wearing masks, including the players on the floor. Players on the bench were spread out in chairs. The first two rows of bleachers were taped off in case a player tried to make a save in the crowd. Teams also stayed on one side the whole match, they didn’t switch sides after each game.

Brynn Hessel paced the Tigers with six kills. Allison Luoma hustled for 14 digs; Kayla Paulsen had 13 digs; and Brynn Erickson collected seven digs. Brinley Tonn had 17 set assists for the Tigers.

The Tigers next match is Tuesday, Sept. 22, at St. Croix Falls.

Ladysmith def. Northwestern 25-20, 25-22, 25-13 — NW: Brynn Hessel 6K; Allison Luoma 14D; Kayla Paulsen 13D; Brynn Erickson 7D; Brinley Tonn 17SA.

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Northwestern’s Brynn Hessel (9) tips the ball over Ladysmith’s Emerson Clark (11) in the first game of the Tigers match in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Brynn Hessel (9) tips the ball over Ladysmith’s Emerson Clark (11) in the first game of the Tigers match in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Northwestern’s Brynn Erickson (3) tips the ball over Ladysmith’s block of Emerson Clark (11) and Erica Smith (5) in the first game of the Tigers match in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Brynn Erickson (3) tips the ball over Ladysmith’s block of Emerson Clark (11) and Erica Smith (5) in the first game of the Tigers match in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Northwestern head volleyball coach Charlie Hessel wears a mask as he kneels while watching the Tigers battle Ladysmith Thursday, Sept. 17. Chairs on the bench were spread out and everyone in the gym wore masks, including the players on the court. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern head volleyball coach Charlie Hessel wears a mask as he kneels while watching the Tigers battle Ladysmith Thursday, Sept. 17. Chairs on the bench were spread out and everyone in the gym wore masks, including the players on the court. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Northwestern’s Brynn Erickson (3) and Allison Luoma (11) dig a ball during the Tigers match with Ladysmith in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Brynn Erickson (3) and Allison Luoma (11) dig a ball during the Tigers match with Ladysmith in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Northwestern’s Kayla Paulsen (18) hammers a ball over the net as Brynn Hessel (9) backs up the play in the first game of the Tigers match with Ladysmith in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Kayla Paulsen (18) hammers a ball over the net as Brynn Hessel (9) backs up the play in the first game of the Tigers match with Ladysmith in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Northwestern’s Brynn Erickson (3) blocks a shot from Ladysmith’s Elle Nisbit (6) in the first game of the Tigers match in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Brynn Erickson (3) blocks a shot from Ladysmith’s Elle Nisbit (6) in the first game of the Tigers match in Maple Thursday, Sept. 17. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)