Jacket hitters dominate Breckenridge
The Perham volleyball team used striking offensive play to even their Heart O' Lakes conference record at 1-1 defeating Breckenridge 3-1 Thursday night.
"This team is improving a little each match - hoping for it to peak at playoff time," said Head Coach Dan Christenson.
The Yellowjackets had a shot at sweeping all three sets but a wild ending to the second slanted in favor of the Cowgirls 31-29. Perham had five set points but were unable to finish.
That was not the case in the final set. Down 21-20, Breckenridge called timeout and the Jackets huddled up for a pep talk. Coming out of the huddle, Perham would take the remaining five points on Breckenridge errors to seal the win.
"I just reinforced what we'd talked about in the previous time out, that Breck was playing conservative waiting for us to make mistakes. We had to play out the rest of the match without making any more. We knew they were only going to block one person in the middle, so we swung our middles around to hit 32's or 1's instead to use the middle blockers outside hand.
Brooke Mickellson was hot from the outside doing a nice job of counterbalancing Katrina Moenkedick in the middle.
"Brooke was just what the doctor ordered on the outside tonight. She made something out of the average sets and turned them in to kills. Our setters need to improve in the next week as we have to get our outsides hitting to the left of the block."
Mickelson had 13 kills and five aces. Moenkedick had 22 kills and three aces.
"Katrina had a nice match from the front row - hitting efficiency over .300 again which is excellent."
Kaylan Huber and Mary Guck had strong performances from the back row with 23 and 20 digs respectively and both sustaining rallies on their serves.
Unforced errors kept the match close. Perham had 23 hitting errors and 14 serving errors.
"Breckenridge played a smart, scrappy, match tonight. They played to not make mistakes. We have to capitalize on free balls which we were not doing a great job of tonight. Our serve receive was better, but still not where it needs to be."
Perham improves to 4-5 on the season.
Breckenridge at Perham, Thursday, September 16.
Yellowjackets 3, Cowgirls 2
(25-20, 29-31, 25-15, 25-21)
Team kills: 54
Kill efficiency: 0.196
Team service aces: 12
Katrina Moenkedick 22
Brooke Mickelson 13
Kaylan Huber 23
Mary Guck 20
Rayna Jacobson 100
Katie Herrmann 100
Kaylan Huber 89
Brooke Mickelson 5
Kaylan Huber 2
Kelli Meehl 2
Katrina Moenkedick 2