Volleyball: Thunder are runners-up to Watertown-Mayer in Big Lake tournament

The Zimmerman Thunder extended their win streak to nine before falling in the finals of the Big Lake Invitational on Saturday.

The Thunder (11-3) beat Irondale 25-17, 25-19; beat Hibbing 27-25, 25-14; and beat Big Lake 25-14, 25-19 before Watertown-Mayer headed them off 25-21, 25-16.

“Overall a great day. We struggled in the ¬†championship game to play our ¬†best against a very good Watertown team,” said coach Rita Belka.

Brooke Borchardt logged 35 kills, five aces, eight blocks, and 10 digs in the four matches.Nikki O’Keefe had 26 kills, 18 digs and four aces.

Amber Magnuson chipped in seven kills and two blocks, Gabby Antolak five kills and three blocks, Cassie Ortberg 16 digs, and Morgan Feldick 16 digs. Setter Amanda Meleen provided 72 assists.

The Thunder will host Foley on Tuesday.