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Analea Erickson scored some important points late to aid the Perham Yellowjackets in a 3-2 win at Frazee to stay undefeated in the HOL. Photos by Robert Williams/FOCUS

Frazee pushes Perham to five sets

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FRAZEE — The Frazee Hornets (5-12, 0-3) pushed Perham (16-1, 3-0) to the brink in five sets, but Perham survived with a little luck falling on the side of the Yellowjackets.

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Perham defeated Frazee 3-2 (15-25, 25-11, 25-13, 25-27, 15-11).

Senior Analea Erickson was the benefactor of a friendly net cord as her serve at nine-all in the fifth set clipped the net and fell safely in the middle of the Frazee defense.

“It was crazy;” Erickson said. “I didn’t expect it to go that far but it was fun. We had a few struggles but we pulled together in the end.”

The Hornets tied the set at 10-all, but Perham sophomore Ella Von Ruden scored two big points on a kill and a block with Hope Slettebak for a 12-10 lead. Each team exchanged a point to 13-11 when Slettebak found room down the left line to put Perham at match point 14-11.

Tina Scheidecker served a ball that, like Erickson’s, clipped the net, forcing a Frazee bump back to the middle of the Yellowjacket defense where Slettebak put away an easy winner to seal the match.

“We had to really work together,” Erickson said. “We needed that. It was good for us.”

The Hornets celebrate winning set four.

Perham failed to convert on match point in the fourth set when an Erickson kill put the Yellowjackets up 24-22. Frazee, behind some aggressive hitting by junior Kennady Barlund, took five of the final six points to win 27-25 and force the deciding set.

Frazee came out hot in the opening set jumping to a 16-9 lead and controlling nine of the final 15 points to go up 1-0 by the score of 25-15.

The second and third sets appeared to be vintage Yellowjacket volleyball as they won handily by 14 and a dozen points to go up 2-1.

"I will give Frazee credit, they always come to play when it's Perham," Head Coach Eryn Moser said. "I always tell the girls we need to play a faceless opponent. Last night, I think we struggled with that. The idea that we are the ones with the bullseye on our back is new to these girls. Having such a good record and now beginning to get some attention for our team is an adjustment our team is going to have to get used to. We will really need to concentrate on playing our game - regardless of who we play. I was, however, very impressed with our ability to finish. We could have buckled. I am proud of the girls in the fact that they did not give up, they finished it to the end. That win will be good for us; it shows we can be faced with adversity and pull through as a team."

Erickson had 13 kills. Maria Rutten led Perham with 17. Tina Scheidecker had 16. Allie Christenson had a remarkable 47 assists. Slettebak led at the net with seven blocks. Tina Schmitz had 37 digs in the back row.

Perham improves to 16-1 and 3-0 in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference. Frazee falls to 5-12 and are winless in three attempts in the HOL.

In other HOL games, Caitlin Ash had a team-high 11 kills as Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (6-6, 1-2) defeated Pelican Rapids 25-21, 25-18, 25-16. The Vikings are 3-8 and 0-3 in the conference.

Perham kept pace with Hawley in the HOL. The Nuggets (9-3, 4-0) played at Barnesville (13-5, 2-2) Thursday night and defeated the Trojans 3-0. Breckenridge (10-4, 2-2) defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 3-1.  

The match versus Frazee was the annual Cancer Awareness Night. Between the two schools, $2,680 was raised for the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

The Perham Junior Varsity and C-team both won completing the sweep of the Hornets.

Perham is currently at No. 3 in this week's QRF.

Stats:

Kills:

Rutten - 17

T. Scheidecker - 16

Erickson - 13

Von Ruden - 6

Slettebak - 3

Assists:

Christenson - 47

Blocking:

Slettebak - 7

Von Ruden - 4

Rutten - 2

Erickson - 3

T. Scheidecker - 1

Christenson - 1

Digs -

Schmitz - 37

T. Scheidecker - 24

Christenson - 23

A. Scheidecker - 19

Erickson - 11

Rutten - 7

Honrud - 13

Serving:

Erickson - 12/14 - 2 aces

T. Scheidecker - 15-20 - 3 aces

Schmitz - 20-23 - 2 aces

A. Scheidecker - 13/14

Christenson - 16/17 - 1 ace

Honrud - 15/16 -

Marina Resse - 1/1

HOL Volleyball Standings (Sept. 30th)

Hawley 4-0

Perham 3-0

Barnesville 2-2

DGF 2-2

Breckenridge 1-2

Frazee 0-3

Pelican Rapids 0-3

HOL Conference Statistics (Sept. 30) courtesy Dan Christenson

Kills leaders (per set)

Holly Vancura (Barn)  6.54

Kennady Barlund (Fra) 3.7

Tina Scheidecker (Per) 3.5

Maria Rutten (Per) 3.17

Faith Anderson (DGF) 3.0

Mira Ellefson (Haw) 3.17

Carly Ulven (Haw) 3.17

Digs leaders (per set)

Kristina Dahlgren (Breck) 7.0

Tina Scheidecker (Per) 6.58

Liz Driscoll (DGF )6.5

Tina Schmitz (Per) 5.83

Taylor Tappe (Fra) 5.6

Abby Frink (DGF) 5.0

Mackenzie Korf (Pel) 4.6

Jody Noreen (Haw) 4.5

Assists leaders (per set) (offense)

Nicole Hustad (Barn) 8.31 (6-2)

Ally Reno (DGF) 8.1 (5-1)

Allie Christenson (Per) 7.58 (5-1)

Maddie Oswald (Fra) 6.5 (5-1,6-2)

Carly Ulven (Haw) 4.83 (6-2)

Brittany Laddusaw (Haw) 4.75 (6-2)

Michelle Arnhalt (Breck) 3.8 (6-2)

Service Aces (total)

Darby Olson (Haw) 11

Lincoln Haiby (Pel) 7

Tina Schmitz (Per) 6

Mira Ellefson (Haw) 5

Jody Noreen (Haw) 5

Carly Ulven (Haw) 5

Anna Smith (DGF) 5

Liz Driscoll (DGF) 5

Serving Percentage: (minimum 15 serves)

Carly Ulven (Haw) 100%

Jody Noreen (Haw) 100%

Ali Stetz (Barns) 100%

Alli Skogen (Barns) 100%

Nicole Hustad (Barns)100%

Hailee Oswald (Fra) 100%

Ace Blocks (total solo and assists)

Karyssa Hovelson (Haw) 13

Whitney Janu (Fra) 12

Anna Smith (DGF) 10

Hope Slettebak (Per) 10

Ella Von Ruden (Per) 7

Analea Erickson (Per) 6

5 tied with 5

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Robert Williams
Robert has been the Sports Editor for the Focus since 2010 covering multiple state and national championship teams and is a mainstay at state tournaments each season covering the successful, athletic programs of Perham and New York Mills High Schools.
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