Jackets continue win streak; snap losing skid to D-G-F
PERHAM — The Yellowjackets improved to 15-1 overall after a 3-1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15) victory over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday evening.
The win was the first against the Rebels since Sept. 23, 2008. The Rebels had won 10 straight games against Perham, including ending the Yellowjackets’ season in the second round of the 8AA playoffs the past two years.
“We always say we need to play a faceless opponent, no matter who is on the other side, whether it’s the top team in our section or the worst, we need to play Perham volleyball,” Tina Scheidecker said.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm on offense early in the match. Perham took advantage by way of defense to take the first set.
Ella Von Ruden had two consecutive blocks for points to give Perham a 13-8 lead and the Jackets found their groove ending in a well-placed floater to the back right corner from Maria Rutten on set point for an early 1-0 lead.
D-G-F started hot in the second set with Perham tying the score at eight, 11 and 13. The Rebels pushed to set point leading 24-18. Perham had not dropped a set in six matches and rallied to keep that unblemished record intact. A group mentality could be seen on a team that has not accepted losing this season. Perham (QRF-No. 4) has not been defeated since their only loss of the year to Kasson-Mantorville (QRF-No. 3) Sept. 6. The streak is now 12 games long.
“A lot of it is mental, definitely, Tina Scheidecker said. “It starts in practice and we need to prepare a little bit more. We need to stay focused throughout the match.”
Behind some strong serving from Amy Scheidecker, Perham crept back to a tie at 24 when Tina Scheidecker scored a kill off a Rebel block.
“Amy had an awesome night at the serving line,” Head Coach Eryn Moser said. “She can place that ball anywhere I want it to go.”
Scheidecker was 23-25 serving in the match with a game-high five aces.
Perham took a lead at 25-24 with a set point of their own but D-G-F rallied for three straight points to tie the match at one set all. Caitlin Ash ended the second set with consecutive kills for the win.
As has been the nature in Perham volleyball this year, a set defeat lit a fire under the Yellowjackets and Perham won sets three and four handily by seven and 10 points to clinch the match.
“When we get down by a few, normally, we’re able to rally back” Tina Scheidecker said.
The final set was tipped in Perham’s favor after a wild rally to an 11-7 lead for the Jackets. Perham outscored D-G-F 14-8 down the stretch to clinch the match. Analea Erickson put the match away at the net for the final point.
“Last night's match was a bit of a struggle for us,” said Moser. “My guess is having a week off of matches did us no good. We knew going into this match that D-G-F would be a sound" defensive team. They always have been. I knew we would need to try to find an opening in their defense. That was difficult. The kills we normally get in a match did not come last night. That was definitely frustrating for us as a team. However, a win is a win. I did like, however, that we were able to pull through our frustration and get the win. That win was big for us, it has been a long time since we have beaten D-G-F.”
Tina Scheidecker was a bit more candid in describing Perham’s knack for firing back hard at opponents who managed to steal a set from the Yellowjackets.
“I guess that’s just the way the ball falls,” she said.
Tina Schmitz had 38 digs in another consistent back row performance. Sophomore Von Ruden led Perham with four blocks.
Perham will play Frazee in the Cancer Awareness Match Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Frazee.
T. Scheidecker - 12
Rutten - 9
Erickson - 4
Von Ruden - 4
Slettebak - 3
Christenson - 28
Team % = 94 percent for the match
A. Scheidecker - 23-25 with 5 aces
Christenson - 18/19 - 3 aces
Schmitz - 13/14 - 1 ace
Erickson - 15/15
T. Scheidecker - 9/11
Honrud - 14/14
Schmitz - 38
T. Scheidecker - 25
A. Scheidecker - 23
Honrud - 18
Christenson - 15
Von Ruden - 4
Slettebak - 3