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Lumberjacks down Yellowjackets 3-1

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

The Perham Yellowjackets (Class 2A) opened up the volleyball season on the road versus 3A Bemidji playing up a class and came up on the short end of a 3-1 defeat. (25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21)

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The two teams matched up well, as indicated by the close scoring in all but the third game of the match.

"We needed a few longer runs to gain momentum, but were not able to score the points to finish off games," Head Coach Dan Christenson said.

"It means a lot," said Bemidji head coach Teresa Colligan. "A win is a win, especially against such a strong opponent."

After trailing 17-13 in the first game, Bemidji scored seven consecutive points when sophomore Hanna Olson was serving to take a 20-17 lead.

Perham answered by scoring five straight points to make the score 22-20.

Junior Allie Heifort was serving as the Lumberjacks scored the last four points to win the first game 25-22.

In the second game, the visiting Yellowjackets were led by senior Brooke Mickelson's three aces and 11 kills.

Despite Mickelson's effort, Bemidji still led 23-20, but Perham scored the last five points to even the score at one game each.

Bemidji scored the first two points of the third game and never looked back, as it won 25-16.

"The biggest thing was maintaining our composure and momentum," said Colligan. "You cannot just assume you are going to win, especially against a good team like this. They can come back at any time."

The Yellowjackets scored five of the first six points in game four, but the Lumberjacks battled back with junior Jessica Yost serving to grab a 13-12 lead.

Yost led the Lumberjacks with 24 digs and 18 kills on the night.

The back and forth battle ended when Olson ended the game with back-to-back aces to seal the 25-21 victory.

Mickelson and Katrina Moenkedick led the offense of Perham with 20 and 18 kills respectively.

Moenkedick did most of the dishing, as well, leading the team with 23 assists, while Mickelson was solid on both sides leading Perham with 14 digs on defense.

Rayna Jacobson had four service aces.

Perham drops to 0-1 on the season. The Yellowjackets travel Saturday, Sept. 3 to the Eden Prairie Volleyball Tournament where they will face a number of bigger schools. Perham is scheduled to play: Hill-Murray at 9 a.m., Eden Prairie at 10 a.m., Minneapolis Southwest at 11:30 a.m., and Alexandria at 12:30 p.m.

Alex Berg, of the Bemidji Pioneer, contributed to this story.

Yellowjacket statistics:

Kills:

Brooke Mickelson 20

Katrina Moenkedick 18

Miranda Lockhart 2

Tina Scheidecker 2

Allie Christenson 1

Rayna Jacobson 1

Tina Schmitz 1

Katie Herrmann 1

Becky Stoll 1

Analea Erickson 1

Assists:

Katrina Moenkedick 23

Rayna Jacobson 12

Allie Christenson 7

Katie Herrmann 2

Brooke Mickelson 1

Tina Scheidecker 1

Miranda Lockhart 1

Aces:

Rayna Jacobson 4

Brooke Mickelson 3

Katrina Moenkedick 2

Tina Scheidecker 1

Digs:

Brooke Mickelson 14

Tina Scheidecker 5

Tina Schmitz 4

Becky Stoll 3

Katrina Moenkedick 3

Katie Herrmann 3

Allie Christenson 2

Rayna Jacobson 1

Miranda Lockhart 1

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