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Central wins Silver Bracket at Fargo tourney

Aberdeen Central volleyball players celebrate winning the third set against Sioux Falls Washington during a match at the Golden Eagles Arena earlier this season. From the left are: Anna Malchow, Sydney Evans, Grace Kuch, Kiana Mounga, Abby Berry (10) and Madi Struble, far right. The squad won the Silver Bracket at a tourney in Fargo on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 9/18/2021

FARGO, N.D. – Aberdeen Central did not drop a set on the way to winning the Silver Bracket at the Scheel’s Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. The Golden Eagles swept Fargo Oak Grove 25-23, 25-10, Valley City 25-19, 25-16 and Kindred 25-23, 25-17.

Central coach Jackie Bindenagel credited setter Abby Berry for running the offense as well as the backrow for getting the ball to her.

“Abby Berry did a great job of spreading the ball around to our hitters,” Bindenagel said, “and she could do that because our passing and defense played so well.”

Karly Wellman led the squad with eight kills against Oak Grove, while Grace Kuch and Kiana Mounga were the top hitters against Valley City. Kuch finished with 13 kills against Kindred.

“Our hitters were more efficient than they’ve been all season,” Bindenagel said.

Sydney Evans anchored the backrow, leading the team in digs in all three matches.

The Eagles ended up 4-2 over the two-day tourney, and finished on a high note to conclude the event.

“I’m very proud of this crew,” Bindenagel said.

Central, 9-10 on the season, travels to Harrisburg for a match on Thursday before hosting Yankton on Saturday.

Aberdeen Central 25-25, Fargo Oak Grove 23-10

Serving: Aberdeen Central 9 aces (Abby Berry 3, Ayrlie Waldo 2).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 26 (Karly Wellman 8, Grace Kuch 6, Kiana Mounga 6, Madi Struble 5).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 23 assists (Berry 21, Sydney Evans 2).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 17 (Evans 8, Berry 4).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 2 solos 2 assists (Mounga 2 solos, Struble 1 assist, Berry 1 assist).

Aberdeen Central 25-25, Valley City 19-16

Serving: Aberdeen Central 4 aces (Anna Malchow 1, Meghan Mork 1, Abby Berry 1, Sydney Evans 1).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 27 kills (Grace Kuch 9, Kiana Mounga 8).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 22 assists (Berry 20, Evans 2).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 40 (Evans 11, Ayrlie Waldo 9, Malchow 7).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 2 solos (Kuch 1, Mounga 1).

Aberdeen Central 25-25, Kindred 23-17

Serving: Aberdeen Central 3 aces (Ayrlie Waldo 2, Madi Struble 1).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 28 (Grace Kuch 13, Kiana Mounga 5, Struble 4).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 25 assists (Abby Berry 24, Sydney Evans 1).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 34 (Evans 14, Meghan Mork 6, Anna Malchow 5).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 1 solo 4 assists (Mounga 1 solo, Berry 2 assists, Struble 1 assist, Karly Wellman 1).

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