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Lexy Karvonen returns a serve in Perham's 3-1 defeat versus Hawley. Photo by Bob WIlliams.

Perham volleyball drops conference opener, defeats Detroit Lakes

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PERHAM -- Becky Stoll got Perham off to a hot start serving to a 7-1 advantage in game two after Perham dropped a close first game to Hawley but the Nuggets took games three and four defeating Perham 3-1 (25-23, 11-25, 25-20, 27-25) in Heart O' Lakes volleyball action Thursday night.

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"Hawley was a scrappy team defensively that didn't allow many balls to touch the floor in games three and four," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "They were the better team tonight."

In the opening game, Perham fought off game points down 24-19 clawing back to being down only one at 24-23 before Allison Petermann killed the Yellowjacket rally forcing one of Perham's 38 unforced errors to take the early 1-0 lead.

Perham had no difficulty in game two cruising to a 25-11 match tying win. The Yellowjackets got up 15-2 and made wholesale substitutions getting some starters a breather.

The Yellowjackets trailed most of game three before taking a 19-18 advantage. A missed served sparked Hawley to the next six points and a 25-20 win in game three.

"(We had) difficulty finishing again," Christenson said.

The Nuggets, on the other hand, did not. Perham looked to even the match up 23-17 in game four needing only two points to send the match to a 15-point race for victory in game five. Four hitting errors and a missed serve gave Hawley a shot at closing the match out and they did so needing extra points for a 27-25 game four and match win.

"(It is) unfortunate to give away the first conference match of the year and (we) know now that we will need some help in winning the conference, but we'll have to see how things play out."

Perham drops to 1-7 on the season (0-1 HOL), Hawley improves to 3-0 (1-0 HOL).

The play of sophomores Allie Christenson (21 assists) and Tina Scheidecker (17 digs) were bright spots in the loss. Katrina Moenkedick led the Yellowjackets in kills with 22. Brooke Mickelson had 11.

Perham got their lone victory on the season Tuesday night sweeping Detroit Lakes 3-0 (25-4, 27-25, 25-20).

"I was very impressed, again, with the play of our sophomores - very poised on the court, and came ready to play. Allie Christenson, Tina Scheidecker, Tina Schmitz and Analea Erickson proved that they deserve to be on this varsity team."

Moenkedick led the Yellowjacket offense with 16 kills.

"(She) did a great job leading the team."

According to Christenson, designated server, Rayna Jacobson, serving the first 14 points for the Jackets, set the stage early. Perham went on to an impressive 25-4 game one final.

Detroit Lakes, like Perham, has also found victories tough to come by starting the season 0-3.

"They completely shut us down in the game, but we were able to come through and play Perham tough in the final two games," said DL head coach Jim Wood.

"Since rally scoring began, I cannot ever remember a score differential that high. Only giving up 4 points in a rally scoring match is extremely rare."

The game was also the first played on the new floor at the Prairie Wind Middle School Gymnasium.

"Our kids were pumped up to play on our new, refurbished floor and really wanted to be the first ones to win on it. Thank you to Kenny Nelson and KLN, along with Sanford Health, for their huge donations to making it a reality," Christenson said.

Perham has the weekend to regroup and will face Moorhead at PWMS Monday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Perham statistics (vs Hawley):

Kills: Katrina Moenkedick 22, Brooke Mickelson 11, Lexy Karvonen 7, Ana Erickson 2, Katie Herrmann 1, Tina Scheidecker 1, Miranda Lockhart 1.

Digs: Brooke Mickelson 22, Becky Stoll 21, Lexy Karvonen 20, Tina Scheidecker 17, Katrina Moenkedick 1, Allie Christenson 9, Miranda Lockhart , Katie Herrmann 5, Tina Schmitz 3, Ana Erickson 2, Rayna Jacobson 2, Kenzi Kovar 1.

Blocks: Katrina Moenkedick 4, Miranda Lockhart 4, Ana Erickson 3, Brooke Mickelson 1, Lexy Karvonen 1, Katie Herrmann 1.

Aces: Becky Stoll 3, Katrina Moenkedick 3, Brooke Mickelson 2, Allie Christenson 1, Rayna Jacobson 1, Lexy Karvonen 1.

Assists: Allie Christenson 21, Rayna Jacobson 10, Katrina Moenkedick 9, Lexy Karvonen 2, Katie Herrmann 1.

Perham statistics (vs Detroit Lakes):

Kills: Katrina Moenkedick 16, Lexy Karvonen 9, Brooke Mickelson 8, Miranda Lockhart 6, Katie Herrmann 2, Analea Erickson 1.

Blocks: Miranda Lockhart 4, Lexy Karvonen 2, Analea Erickson 2, Katrina Moenkedick 1, Katie Herrmann 1, Brooke Mickelson 1.

Digs: Tina Scheidecker 8, Tina Schmitz 6, Lexy Karvonen 4, Katie Herrmann 3, Rayna Jacobson 2, Brooke Mickelson 2, Analea Erickson 2.

Aces: Rayna Jacobson 5, Lexy Karvonen 5, Miranda Lockhart 1, Tina Scheidecker 1.

Assists: Rayna Jacobson 18, Allie Christenson 11, Katrina Moenkedick 10, Miranda Lockhart 1, Lexy Karvonen 1.

DL stats (kills-assists-aces-digs): Emma Wood 1-7-2-3; Shay Nielsen 7-0-1-2; Megan Lindquist 1-0-0-0; Courtney Hedstrom 0-1-0-1; Lydia Kotschevar 0-0-0-1; Makenzie Gedrose 6-0-0-3; Katie Grosz 0-0-0-6; Kayli Muckenhirn 7-0-2-3; Trisa Hutchinson 2-0-0-0.

Brian Wierima of DL Newspapers contributed to this story.

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