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Central plays close matches at Fargo tourney

Aberdeen Central’s Sydney Evans, left, bumps the ball as teammate Leah Gough, right, looks on during Tuesday night’s match against Pierre at the Golden Eagles Arena. Evans led the Eagles in digs in all of their matches at a tourney in Fargo on Friday. Photo by John Davis taken 10/5/2021

FARGO, N.D. – The Aberdeen Central volleyball team had three tight matches during the opening day of the Scheel’s Tournament on Friday.

The Golden Eagles fell to Fargo Davies, 25-20, 25-20, defeated Mandan 26-28, 25-23, 15-12, and got bumped by Bismarck St. Mary’s 18-25, 25-19, 15-13.

“We played pretty well,” said Central coach Jackie Bindenagel. “We went 1-2 against some good teams.”

Grace Kuch had 17 kills in the win over Mandan and 14 kills in the match against St. Mary’s. Abby Berry recorded 31 set assists against Mandan. Sydney Evans led the back row with

“We definitely had close sets. Everyone that went on the court contributed and did their job,” Bindenagel said. “Our net play continues to improve and our defense kept a lot of great rallies going.”

The Eagles will be the third seed in Silver Bracket when play resumes today. Central has matches scheduled for 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Fargo Davies 25-25, Aberdeen Central 20-20

Serving: Aberdeen Central 4 aces (Kiana Mounga 3, Meghan Mork 1).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 19 kills (Grace Kuch 7, Leah Gough 5, Karly Wellman 3, Mounga 3).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 17 assists (Abby Berry 15, Sydney Evans 2).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 31 (Evans 16, Anna Malchow 4, Berry 4).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 8 assists (Madi Struble 3, Kuch 3).

Aberdeen Central 26-25-15, Mandan 28-23-12

Serving: Aberdeen Central 3 aces (Anna Malchow 2, Ayrlie Waldo 1).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 36 kills (Grace Kuch 17, Kiana Mounga 10).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 31 assists (Abby Berry 31).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 53 (Sydney Evans 18, Malchow 14, Waldo 8).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 1 solo 4 assists (Mounga 1 solo 1 assist, Kuch 2 assists, Madi Struble 1 assist).

Bismarck St. Mary’s 18-25-15, Aberdeen Central 25-19-13

Serving: Aberdeen Central 4 aces (Abby Berry 3, Anna Malchow 1).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 26 kills (Grace Kuch 14, Leah Gough 5).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 21 assists (Berry 21 assists).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 38 (Sdyney Evans 16, Malchow 7, Ayrlie Waldo 5).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 3 solos 8 assists (Kiana Mounga 2 solos 2 assists, Kuch 1 solo, Madi Struble 2 assists, Karly Wellman 2 assists).

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