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North Woods finishes strong

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 10/16/19

FIELD TWP—Revenge is sweet, and the Grizzlies caught the taste in their regular season finale here with South Ridge, on Tuesday, as they dropped the Panthers in their tracks in straight sets, …

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FIELD TWP—Revenge is sweet, and the Grizzlies caught the taste in their regular season finale here with South Ridge, on Tuesday, as they dropped the Panthers in their tracks in straight sets, 25-16, 25-21, and 25-18.

“We lost to them in a recent tournament, so we knew we had to play hard to win,” said North Woods Head Coach Kandi Olson.

The Grizzlies have played with more consistency in recent weeks, and head into the postseason atop a five-game winning streak. “This year, our girls keep growing throughout every practice and game,” said Olson. “They grow as players and their team bond is growing.  That’s exactly how you want to go into tournaments.”

The team, now 12-7 in conference play, has been plagued by injuries much of the season. They’re now back at full strength, noted Olson.

North Woods put up solid stats in Tuesday’s action. Senior Karlyn Pierce notched 12 kills and three blocks while classmate Coley Olson notched 13 kills. Senior Kayla Tschida posted seven kills and nine digs, while eighth-grader Tori Olson tallied nine digs. Sophomore setter Morgan Burnett posted 35 assists and three ace serves.

“Even though the girls had a tough game the previous night, they played with great energy and you could definitely feel the senior leadership out on the floor,” said Olson.

In Monday night action in Chisholm, the Grizzlies rebounded from a slow start to take control enroute to a 3-1 victory. “The first game, we struggled with focus,” said Olson. “After that we really stepped it up and played some great volleyball. We had excellent defense which allowed us to have some great attacks throughout the night.”

Coley Olson had a huge night, with 13 kills, 13 digs, and four ace serves. Karlyn Pierce added 15 kills, while Kayla Tschida added seven kills and 14 digs. Morgan Burnett posted 39 set assists and four ace serves while freshman Hannah Kinsey tallied seven kills.

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