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Frazee sweeps Eagles to open volleyball season

Frazee Middle Hitter Whitney Janu gets a kill past Ellie Rutten. Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 2
Tori Kempenich, left, and Jackie Imsande successfully block an attempt by Frazee's Josi Tappe. Robert Williams/FOCUS2 / 2

NEW YORK MILLS -- One point can make all the difference in volleyball and Frazee snatched a big momentum shift winning the second set in a 29-27 thriller leading to a 3-0 sweep of New York Mills to open the 2012-13 season Tuesday.

Both teams traded points after tying at the typical game-winning total of 25.

Each point was tightly contested before Frazee strung two straight together to take the set 29-27.

The Hornets won the first set 25-17 and the third 25-21.

"Game two was the deal breaker," Eagles' Head Coach Angela Paavola said. "We needed that game very badly and made some nice plays to have the edge but could not keep the edge."

The loss is a disappointment for a team that has had plenty of those in the past few seasons and was looking for a fast start.

"We have lots to work on but overall, tonight was a good start to our season."

Junior Tori Kempenich led the Eagles with eight kills. Taylor Plautz, a junior, had seven and a team-leading four aces.

"Serve receive gave us troubles and we did not flow very well but had some nice plays and some nice hits but very choppy," said Paavola.

Kempenich and Lexie Rankka each had nine digs in the loss.

NY Mills (0-1) plays its next game Thursday, Sept. 6 at Battle Lake (0-1) at 7:30 p.m.

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross swept the Battlers convincingly 25-10, 25-14, 25-13 in their home opener.

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Robert Williams

Robert is the Sports Editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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