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Rugby wins double Panther showdown

By Staff | Oct 27, 2017

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Jacque Blessum (left, no. 7) and Sara Stier defend the net against Glenburn Tuesday evening.

The Rugby Panthers had one last bit of business in Region 6: A double Panther showdown.

Rugby hosted Glenburn Tuesday evening in the Charles Hanneman Gymnasium.

Rugby won the first set, 25-19. Glenburn had a brief comeback in the second set, winning 25-22. The Panthers then won the two following sets, 25-12 and 25-14.

Outside hitter Maria Blessum led the Rugby Panthers in both kills (14) and digs (27); middle blockers Madison Uhlenkamp and Jacque Blessum had a combined 10 blocks between the two of them; setter Alissa Volk led in assists (13) and outside hitter Sara Stier led in service aces (5).

Sierra Hansen led the Glenburn Panthers in both kills (13) and blocks (5); Kyanne Derr led in assists (15); Isabella Spokely led in service aces and Raylea Folstad led in digs.

District 11 tournament

The District 11 tournament opened Thursday in Towner.

As the top seed, Rugby had a first round bye and on Friday night played the winner of the game between no. 4-seed Towner-Granville-Upham and no. 5-seed Nedrose.

Game one on Thursday saw no. 2-seed Bottineau take on no. 7-seed Westhope-Newburg, and game two saw no. 3-seed Velva go up against no. 6-seed Drake-Anamoose nearly 30 minutes later.

The district tournament will continue Monday (Oct. 30) with the championship and regional qualifying matches.

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