PHS Volleyball: Perham wins 'Volley for a Cure' against Frazee
There were plenty of special moments at Thursday's "Battle of the Bees' between the Perham and Frazee volleyball teams. From the singing of the National Anthem by the two head coaches (Dan Christenson and Frazee's Jerry Bellefeuille), to a group photo at the end of the night with both team's in their special jersey's, Perham's Breast Cancer Awareness Night was a big success.
The players not only had special pink and white jersey's in their "Volley for a Cure", they played with a pink and white ball, and Frazee wore warm up shirts with the face of a players' mother who is courageously fighting the disease.
"It really puts things in perspective," Christenson said.
With a silent auction, t-shirt sales and a serving contest between sets, Christenson estimated that they raised around $1,000 for the Perham High School Relay for Life team.
"It was an amazing night," Christenson added. "We want to make sure to thank everyone who donated silent auction items and all the cash donations. It was a special evening for a great cause that we are proud to support."
The only part of the evening that wasn't special, especially as far as the visiting Frazee fans are concerned, was Perham's 3-0 victory over the Horents (25-15, 25-22, 25-18).
"I was afraid as a coach that the kids would get caught up in the hype of the game and the special circumstances we placed on it tonight," Christenson said. "Being without Katrina (Moenkedick) doesn't help either."
The sophomore missed her second game due to an ankle injury. Christenson doesn't expect her back for at least another week.
In her absence, older sister Elisa Moenkedick, the team's lone senior, stepped up her game, according to Christenson.
"Elisa's been even more of a leader than she already had been," Christenson said. "That's not to say she wasn't a great leader before, but she really impresses a coach by rising to the occasion when you need her to."
The elder Moenkedick has not come out of the game when her rotation for the back row comes along anymore. Christenson said she had never played back row before, but she has filled in "quite nicely" to help the team in Katrina's absence.
"You really notice when she (Elisa) is off the floor," Christenson said. "That extra leadership is gone. Some of the team's confidence goes down a bit, I think. She's that kind of player, even if she isn't touching the ball."
The team's two juniors, Kaylan Huber and Kelli Meehl, have stepped it up as well. Huber had four aces, nine digs, two blocks and two kills against Frazee. Meehl added six kills, seven digs, two blocks and two aces.
On Oct. 10, they will host the annual Perham Invitational. Teams scheduled to participate include: Roseau, Staples-Motley, Fosston, Underwood, Warroad, East Grand Forks, Sauk Centre, Holy Family Catholic, Melrose, Lake of the Woods, Thief River Falls, D-G-F, Hawley, Climax-Fisher and Clearbrook-Gonvik.
First round games start at 8:30 a.m. at Prairie Wind Gymnasium and at the PACC. Place games are scheduled to start at 3:430 p.m. with the championship scheduled for 4:45 p.m.
Perham's first round game will be at 9:45 a.m. against Fosston at Prairie Wind Gymnasium.
The homestand continues next week when the Jackets host Barnesville at Prairie Wind Gymnasium on Oct. 13. The final HOL game, and the home finale, will be Oct. 20 against Hawley.
The Lady Jackets will play their final regular season home game and their last HOL game Oct. 20 against Hawley.
The regular season finale will be Oct. 22 at Detroit Lakes. Perham won the meeting with the Lakers on Sept. 8, 3-0. It was their 15th straight win over Detroit Lakes.
Thursday, October 8
Perham 3, Frazee 0
(25-15, 25-22, 25-18)
Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Elisa Moenkedick (16-4-3), Kelli Meehl (6-7-2), Brooke Mickelson (3-5-0), Mary Guck (2-10-0), Lexy Karvonen (2-1-1), Kaylan Huber (2-9-2), Becky Stoll (0-3-0).
Assists--Guck 22, Karvonen 1, Stoll 1.
Aces--Huber 4, Moenkedick 3, Karvonen 2, Mickelson 2, Meehl 2, Stoll 1, Guck 1.