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Lexy Karvonen gets a ball by the block of Frazee defenders in the Yellowjackets "Battle of the Bees" victory over the Hornets.

Perham volleyball takes third at home invite

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The Perham volleyball team needed a comeback in the second round to avoid an early exit as hosts of the Perham Invitational held Saturday in Perham. The Yellowjackets played host to 16 teams in the tournament, eventually taking third place.

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"I thought the girls had a good tournament. Far fewer unforced errors than we saw earlier in the season," said Head Coach Dan Christenson.

Melrose held a 13-11 advantage in the deciding third set of second round play, two points away from a victory, when Katrina Moenkedick took it upon herself to kill the Dutchmen rally. Behind Moenkedick's presence at net the Yellowjackets would advance on a 16-14 win to take the match 2-1.

Perham advanced easily defeating Climax-Fisher 2-0 in the opening round.

Three sets were mandatory in the opening round of tournament play against conference rival Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

The Rebels would advance to the finals with a 2-1 victory over Perham taking the tiebreaking third set 15-11.

The lone tournament defeat sent the Yellowjackets to the third place game versus another conference foe, the Hawley Nuggets.

Perham avenged a four-set defeat to the Nuggets earlier in the season with a strong sweep of two sets, 25-15 and 25-22 to take consolation honors.

The Yellowjackets get a shot at revenge against DGF Thursday night at home.

"We have some adjustments to make in our blocking before Thursday's conference match versus DGF, but feel confident the way the girls are playing right now."

Battle of the Bees

The Yellowjackets came into the tournament on two-match win streak after defeating West Central Area handily and a three-set sweep of Frazee in the "Battle of the Bees" Cancer Awareness match.

"Everyone's a winner tonight," Christenson said. "Two Heart O' Lakes foes coming together for a common cause - breast cancer awareness and the search for a cure."

Perham took control early in the match starting out on a 12 -0 run to start set one. Everything was clicking for the Jackets. Serve receive was solid, causing sets and hits to be consistent.

"Kaylan Huber had a fantastic night back row for us."

Huber was 14 for 14 serving and was successful in 18 of 21 digs.

Miranda Lockhart played a nice match from the middle as well and Katrina Moenkedick had another great night hitting with 16 kills and a kill efficiency of 0.609.

HOL stats - 10/11/10

Kills per set:

Katrina Moenkedick (Per) 4.31

Baylee Wilson (Breck) 4.1

Holly Vancura (Barn) 2.71

Allie Sannes (Haw) 2.5

Kaylee Pender (DGF) 2.5

Anna Skow-Anderson (Pel) 2.4

Abby Yliniemi (DGF) 2.3

Digs per set:

Mandy Mercil (DGF) 4.9

Kaylan Huber (Per) 4.83

Sadie Stender (Fra) 4.59

Kari Shipman (Fra) 3.76

Becky Stoll (Per) 3.67

Brooke Mickelson (Per) 3.47

Blocks:

Hannah Juhnke (Haw) 23

Erica Amann (Haw) 21

Drew Sannes (Haw) 17

Kaylee Pender (DGF) 16

Katrina Moenkedick (Per) 14

Alexis Tappe (Fraz) 13

Service Aces:

Sydney Boom (Barn) 17

Amber Vold (Breck) 14

Tandi Thompson (Barn) 12

Kelli Meehl (Per) 12

Mandy Mercil (DGF) 11

Andrea Ricard (DGF) 11

Jessy Noreen (Haw) 10

Assists per set:

Amber Vold (Breck) 7.0

Jessy Noreen (Haw) 6.0

Kristi Smith (Fra) 5.12

Kally Anderson (DGF) 4.8

Ashley Morgan (Pel) 4.70

Addie Vancura (Barn) 4.29

Mary Guck (Per) 4.22

Serving %

Mary Wermerskrichen (Breck) 100%

Alysa Clift (Breck) 100%

Rayna Jacobson (Per) 97%

Anna Skow-Anderson (Pel) 96%

Holly Vancura (Barn) 96%

Many tied at 95%

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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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