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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River lost the first two games but pulled out a harrowing five-game victory at Park Center on Tuesday evening, boosted by the hitting of Sidney Wentland and the serving of everyone. The Elks prevailed 27-29, 20-25, 25-18, 27-25, 17-15, their first conference win in five tries. Wendland’s 25th kill [...]

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  The Spectrum volleyball team avenged one of its losses by squeezing past West Lutheran 26-24, 28-26, 25-15 at home on Tuesday evening. The Sting (11-4) had lost to West Lutheran at the Columbia Heights tournament, and had a bad start Tuesday, trailing 6-0 and 19-13 in the first game, but gradually turned the tide. [...]

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The Rogers Royals swept the Princeton Tigers 25-12, 25-17, 27-25 on Tuesday evening, led by Maleia Ysteboe with 13 kills, 11 digs and 16 serve receptions. Erica Folk made 10 kills and 12 digs, and Baylee Waldhoff fired off seven aces and made 31 assists. The Royals (7-4) will play at Big Lake on Thursday.

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The Spectrum defeated Prairie Seeds Academy 25-13, 25-11, 25-9 in Brooklyn Park on Monday evening. The Sting (9-4) controlled play from the start with effective serving — 89 percent with 21 aces — and ball control. Lauren Gillquist and Marie Schuldt made four aces each. The Sting had 17 kills with nine players getting at least [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder won two of four matches at the Big Lake tournament on Saturday. The Thunder (5-9) beat Chisago Lakes 25-9, 25-21, lost to Anoka 25-20, 25-7, beat Minneapolis Henry 25-16, 25-6, and lost to Canby 25-17, 18-25, 15-13. The Thunder will host Becker on Tuesday.

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  The Blaine Bengals handed Elk River a 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 setback Thursday evening on the Elks court. The Bengals had stronger hitting than the Elks and excellent floor coverage, allowing only two ace serves. Gina Honek notched seven kills and 12 digs, and served 14-for-15 with two aces, for the Elks. Kennedy Strain and [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder won a five-game match against Fridley at home Monday, then lost a close four-gamer at Milaca on Tuesday. The Thunder beat Fridley 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 15-6, led by Anissa Rosario with 11 kills and two blocks, and Kayla Christopherson with 26 assists and four aces. Amira Samaha made two blocks and [...]

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The Elk River Elks lost a close fifth game to Armstrong on Tuesday evening and are still looking for their first conference win. The host Falcons edged the Elks 27-25. 17-25. 25-14. 11-25, 15-13. Kennedy Strain notched 15 kills and 4 aces for the Elks. Sidney Wentland had 9 kills, Abi Scheid 7 and Geneva [...]

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  The Rogers Royals, fresh from winning the Spring Lake Park tournament on Saturday, lost a very close five-game match to Mounds View on Monday evening at home. Four of five sets went overtime as the Mustangs edged the Royals 24-26, 26-24, 27-25, 16-25, 16-14. For the Royals, Erica Folk led with 17 kills, 31 [...]

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