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Central closes Scheel’s tourney on positive note

Aberdeen Central’s Ayrlie Waldo, left, sets the ball as teammate Taryn Nieman, right, looks on during a match against Sioux Falls Washington earlier this season at the Golden Eagles Arena. Waldo had 65 sets in three matches Saturday in Fargo, while Nieman had three blocks. Photo by John Davis taken 9/14/2023

FARGO, N.D. – Aberdeen Central won two of its final three matches to conclude play in the Scheel’s volleyball tournament on Saturday. The Golden Eagles defeated Minot North 25-15, 25-15 and West Fargo 25-20, 25-19, before falling in a tight match to Bismarck 25-19, 15-25, 15-11.

Central coach Jackie Bindenagel said her team played better than it did when it lost two of three matches in the tourney on Friday.

“I thought we had a nice balanced effort from our hitters this weekend,” Bindenagel said. “Ayrlie Waldo made some good choices and did a nice job running our offense. Today was a really good day passing for us, too.”

Grace Kuch and Lauryn Burckhard each had eight kills in the win over Minot, Waldo topped the team with five aces.

Kuch and Ashley Wangler had six kills apiece in the triumph over West Fargo. The Eagles also had 10 aces in that contest.

Burckhard finished with eight kills against Bismarck, while Kuch and Ashley Wangler each contributed seven. Emma Dohrer lead the squad with four aces.

Waldo racked up 65 total assists in the three matches.

“Good bounce back from a fairly rough start on Friday,” Bindenagel said of her team’s performances to finish off the tourney.

Central, 13-6 on the season, travels to top-rated Harrisburg for an Eastern South Dakota Conference match on Thursday.

Aberdeen Central 25-25, Minot North 15-15

Serving: Aberdeen Central 45-49 10 aces (Ayrlie Waldo 11-12 5 aces, Madison Miller 10-11 2 aces, Sawyer Bahr 7-8 1 ace, Emma Dohrer 6-7 1 ace, Grace Kuch 4-5 1 ace).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 44-52 22 kills (Kuch 14-15 8 kills, Lauryn Burckhard 13-15 8 kills).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 50-50 21 assists (Waldo 47-47 21 assists).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 20 (Bahr 7, Kuch 4, Miller 4).

Aberdeen Central 25-25, West Fargo 20-19

Serving: Aberdeen Central 43-49 7 aces (Alivia Miller 6-6 2 aces, Madison Miller 6-10 2 aces, Ayrlie Waldo 9-9 1 ace, Sawyer Bahr 8-8 1 ace, Grace Kuch 7-8 1 ace).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 52-61 20 kills (Kuch 12-15 6 kills, Ashley Wangler 10-12 6 kills, Burckhard 15-18 4 kills).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 58-58 19 assists (Waldo 49-49 17 assists).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 26 (Bahr 8, Waldo 4, M. Miller 4).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 2 solo 2 assists (Taryn Nieman 1 solo 1 assist, Burckhard 1 solo 1 assist).

Bismarck 25-15-15, Aberdeen Central 19-25-11

Serving: Aberdeen Central 45-53 6 aces (Emma Dohrer 10-11 4 aces, Ayrlie Waldo 12-13 2 aces).

Hitting: Aberdeen Central 77-84 32 kills (Lauryn Burckhard 20-25 8 kills, Grace Kuch 22-22 7 kills, Ashley Wangler 11-12 7 kills).

Setting: Aberdeen Central 86-86 29 assists (Waldo 82-82 27 assists).

Digs: Aberdeen Central 33 (Sawyer Bahr 11, Waldo 5, Madison Miller 5).

Blocks: Aberdeen Central 1 solo 2 assists (Kuch 1 solo, Taryn Nieman 1 assist, Kenadi Withers 1 assist).

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