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Highland’s Kaylee Nielsen (23) and McKenna Armstrong (3) go for the ball during their match with Preston on Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational at Highland High School.

The 2019 Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational finished Saturday at Highland High School and the Mountain View Event Center. Below are the results.

GOLD BRACKET

Highland finished 3-2 at the two-day Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational at Highland High School.

The Rams (5-3) went two-and-out in the Gold Bracket on Saturday, swept by Middleton (18-25, 15-25) and Preston (21-25, 19-25).

Highland’s stat leaders for the tournament were Mackenna Thayne (35 kills), Kaylee Nielsen (45 digs) and Autumn Thomson (64 assists).

“We’re a young team and still trying to figure out how to perform under a pressure situation,” Rams coach Kylee Bystrom said. “They fought hard, but it’s just a learning curve for this team.”

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Preston’s Hailey Meek (13) goes for the kill against Highland’s Sydney Bang’s (30) block during their match Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational at Highland High School.

Preston was the most successful local team in the Gold Bracket, going 2-2.

The Indians eliminated Blackfoot to advance to the third round of the loser’s bracket, where Preston fell to Sugar-Salem.

Pocatello and Snake River (4-3) both went 2-and-out.

“I’m not sure how we get mentally tough, but we’re going to work on being mentally tough,” Panthers coach Shaunee Martin said. “But I saw good things.”

Burley defeated Sugar-Salem to win the bracket.

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Blackfoot’s Elliott Wehrle sets the ball in their match against South Fremont on Saturday afternoon at the 2019 Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational at Highland High School.

SILVER BRACKET

Malad finished second in the Silver Bracket on Saturday at the 2019 Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational at the Mountain View Events Center.

The Dragons (8-4) went 4-2 Saturday, with both losses coming to Filer, which won the bracket.

In the championship round, Malad split the first two sets 8-25, 25-17 before losing 14-16.

Malad’s stat leaders for the two-day tournament were Ella Ward (74 kills), Mesa Paskett (65 kills), Bayla Tripp (179 assists) and Emily Allen (17 blocks).

“It was a fun matchup with Filer,” Dragons coach Camie Tripp said. “They had a great offensive attack, so it was a great test for our defense. I felt like overall on the day, we improved in seeing and reading from a defensive perspective, so it was a great tournament to go to.”

BRONZE BRACKET

Bear Lake finished second in the Bronze Bracket on Saturday at the 2019 Highland Peg Peterson Varsity Volleyball Invitational at Highland High School.

The Bears (6-5) went 4-2 on Saturday.

They rattled off three consecutive wins, beating Ridgevue 2-1, Marsh Valley 2-0 and Twin Falls 2-0 in the loser’s bracket. Then, they fell 0-2 to Minico in the championship round.

Before Marsh Valley (3-6) lost to the Bears, they picked up their only win Saturday, defeating Jerome 2-0 (25-19, 25-13) in the first round of the loser’s bracket.

“They did well overall. We had some players that stepped up,” said Eagles coach Kimberley Call, who highlighted freshman middle blocker Ellee Anderson, who had an all-around performance.