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Pirate volleyball edged by Vikings

October 13: Pirates & Mustangs Pink Out for Cancer Awareness

By Cort Reynolds

The Bluffton High School volleyball team lost in three nail biting overtime sets to fall at Leipsic in a close Northwest Conference battle Thursday evening, September 28.

The Pirates lost the tight bout 27-25, 27-25, 26-24 to drop to 13-4 overall and 3-2 in the NWC. 

After winning 11 in a row, Bluffton lost two tough league matches in a row this week to squads with a combined record of 24-3.

Leipsic improved to 11-2 overall and 4-1 in NWC play with the deceptively close win.

Junior Ayla Grandey led the Pirates by nailing a dozen kills.

Freshman Karlie Lora hammered nine kills and made three blocks, while Kendall Stackhouse contributed seven kills.

Versatile setter Gracie Yarnell doled out 30 assists, came up with 12 digs and served up two aces. 

Morgan Fruchey came up with nine digs and three blocks.

Libero Avery Talavinia mustered a team-high 18 digs. Olivia Siferd authored five blocks.

Alivia Lambert compiled nine digs.

Vanessa Cross dealt a pair of aces.

The Bluffton reserves beat the Viking JV 2-0.

On October 13, the Pirates and Allen East Mustangs will work to beat cancer together with a Pink Out 4 Cancer Awareness match.