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Sophomore Ella Von Ruden led Perham with 10 kills in a 3-0 sweep of Pelican Rapids Thursday on Senior Night. Robert Williams/FOCUS

Perham heads into home weekend tournament on a roll

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PERHAM — The Yellowjackets volleyball team won on the road and at home to enter this weekend’s home invitational tournament riding a 15-match win streak with a record of 18-1.

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Perham ended another streak on Tuesday defeating Wadena-Deer Creek on the road for the first time since September of 2005 - 13 losses in total.

Perham swept the Wolverines 3-0 in Wadena and followed it up with a win Thursday at home versus Pelican Rapids 3-0.

In the past six matches, Perham has four shutout victories and has given up only three sets in the other two victories.Frazee is the only team to take Perham to a fifth and deciding set. 11 of Perham’s 18 wins have come without allowing a set to the opposition.

At Wadena-Deer Creek, Perham cruised in the first set to a 25-11 win and kept the Wolverines at bay in the following sets 25-21, 25-22. Wadena-Deer Creek has seen the tables turned on them by their opponents this season. The Wolverines made state tournament trips four of the past five seasons, losing last season to Thief River Falls in the Section 8AA final.

“I thought we did a nice job of mixing it up with our offense,” Head Coach Eryn Moser said. “We did not have anyone over ten kills, but we had five girls between five and nine kills. I love the fact that we can be versatile. We also did a better job at the serving line.”

Perham served at 91 percent as a team. Tina Scheidecker and Tina Schmitz were both 15 of 16; Scheidecker added a pair of aces.

Perham improved defensively at the net.

“We touched the ball on a block 49 times - 10 of them being block assists or solos, and we had no blocking errors. That is something in the past we have struggled with -  It is good to see some improvement in that area.”

Analea Erickson and Allie Doll put up a successful block.

Thursday, Perham had little trouble with archrival Pelican Rapids winning big in sets one and three by identical scores of 25-10 and 25-19 in the middle set.

Despite their worst serving night of the season (83 percent), the Yellowjackets owned the net offensively, led by sophomore Ella Von Ruden’s 10 kills.

“We had a great net game (and) a balanced attack and kept out errors down in that area.”

The Pelican game was also Senior night. Perham’s four seniors - Analea Erickson, Tina Schmitz, Tina Scheidecker and Allie Christenson - were honored at the game.

Perham will end the season with two Heart O’ Lakes Conference games at D-G-F Oct. 10 and a likely conference title match with Hawley at home Oct. 15. The Nuggets are currently 5-0 in the HOL, while Perham is 4-0. Perham defeated Hawley 3-0 Sept. 17 in a non-conference game.

This weekend’s tournament begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at both the Prairie Wind Middle School gymnasium and the PACC.

Perham heads the field in terms of QRF rankings at No. 3, while being unranked in the state 2A polls.. Thief River Falls is ranked No. 8 with a QRF of No. 9. Other notable teams in the tournament are: Sauk Centre (QRF-10), Hawley (QRF-17), and Melrose (QRF-20).

Match Statistics:

Perham 3, Pelican Rapids 0

Kills:

Von Ruden - 10

T. Scheidecker - 7

Rutten - 6

Slettebak - 4

Erickson - 3

Schmitz - 1

Set assists:

Christenson - 27

Digs:

Schmitz - 26

T. Scheidecker - 16

A. Scheidecker - 10

Rutten - 4

Blocks:

Slettebak - 4

Rutten - 2

Serving:

Erickson - 12/14 - 1 ace

T. Scheidecker - 14/16 - 2 aces

Christenson - 10/13 - 2 aces

A. Scheidecker - 7/8 - 1 ace

T. Schmitz - 4/7 - 1 ace

Honrud - 8/8 - 1 ace

Reese - 2/3

Team Serving % - 83%

Perham 3, W-DC 0

Kills:

Rutten - 9

T. Scheidecker - 9

Erickson - 8

Von Ruden - 7

Slettebak - 6

Set assists:

Christenson - 38

Serving:

Erickson- 6/9 - 1 ace

T. Scheidecker - 15/16 - 2 aces

Christenson - 14/15 -

A. Scheidecker - 11/11  

Schmitz - 15/16

Honrud - 3/4

Reese - 3/3

Digs:

T. Scheidecker - 24

Schmitz - 24

Christenson - 14

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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.
(218) 346-5900 x223
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