Ironwood Ridge beat Tucson 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-12) Thursday night behind an outstanding attack from junior setter Justin Miller and senior hitter Jrue Jantz. Jantz led the Nighthawks with 19 kills and Scott Golden added 10 more to collect the majority of Miller’s 42 assists in the match.
Ironwood Ridge (8-5) built a 24-19 lead in the first set but the Badgers were able to draw to within 24-23 before Jantz put it away with his ninth kill. The second set played out much the same with the Nighthawks building a 23-19 lead before closing it out 25-19. Tucson (5-7) played the third set close early on, but Ironwood Ridge pulled away for the 25-12 clincher….
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