The Verndale Pirates are the 2015 Section 5A Volleyball champions, following their 3-0 victory over Nevis Saturday night in Pierz.
The section title in volleyball is a first in school history and means the Pirates will also make their first-ever appearance in the state volleyball tournament, which begins Thursday in St. Paul.
On Saturday night, Verndale won three hard-fought sets against the scrappy Tigers. Set scores were 25-23, 25-22 and 30-28.
Shania Glenz posted 23 kills, 2 blocks and 5 digs. Jordyn Glenz added 16 kills, 9 digs and 2 blocks. Morgan Glenz contributed 7 digs, 4 kills and 1 block. Haley Stinar had 16 set assists, 8 digs and 3 kills. Sarah Moenkedick led the Pirates with 17 digs and Megan Dougherty had a team-high 21 assists.
Individual stats for the Tigers were not immediately available. Please check back for updates.
Verndale received the #5 seed in the Class A State Volleyball Tournament and will face #4 Heritage Christian Academy (Maple Grove) in the quarterfinals at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.
The Eagles (26-10) are the Section 4A champions and were ranked #4 in the final Class A coaches’ poll.