Roseau snaps Jacket win streak as Perham pushes for HOL title
PERHAM — The Roseau Rams snapped Perham’s 18-match winning streak in the semifinals of the Perham Invitational Volleyball tournament Saturday.
Perham swept pool play opening with three wins to advance to the semis. The Yellowjackets did not drop a set in three sweeps of Mayville-Portland-C-G Patriots 2-0 (25-11, 25-15), Lake of the Woods, 2-0 (25-12, 25-17), and Fosston, 2-0 (25-16, 25-14).
“I thought the tourney was a very good experience for us,” Head Coach Eryn Moser said. “We played excellent in Pool Play.”
No. 7-2A Thief River Falls defeated Roseau in the finals.
Perham and Roseau battled to extra points in a tight semifinal match. The Rams squeaked out 27-25 victories in both sets.
“Our loss to Roseau was frustrating. We had several key moments where we could have executed and finished the game but could not put it away. That was frustrating. But, it is a good experience for us to lose and refocus. We will spend our week at practice fixing some of those problem areas and revamp for our match against D-G-F. I am hoping our girls come a little hungrier at practice this week.”
Maria Rutten and Tina Scheidecker continued to be the scoring strikers on offense. Rutten had 22 kills during the tournament. Scheidecker had 21.
Ella Von Ruden and Analea Erickson led in blocks with a dozen and 10, respectively.
Tina Schmitz had a team-high 53 digs. Scheidecker had 45 playing a significant role on both the front line and back row.
“Our passing on serve receive and our defensive passing was excellent. We had a good day at the service line serving 91 percent for the day. Our blocking during pool play was great - very few errors and several touches on the block. We struggled a bit against Roseau in that area. We had a hard time penetrating the net and we let several balls fall down our side. Fatigue, I think played a role in that.”
Perham plays at Sebeka in a non-conference match Tuesday night. Results from that match were not available at time of printing.
The final two matches of the season are Heart O’ Lakes Conference games at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (15-5, 4-2). Perham enters Tuesday’s play with an overall record of 21-2 while being undefeated at 4-0 in the HOL. Hawley is atop the conference at 5-0 with their only HOL game remaining at Perham to end the regular season next Tuesday, Oct. 15.
Should Perham defeat D-G-F Thursday, the Yellowjackets will have an opportunity for sole possession of the Heart O’ Lakes regular season championship. Perham’s last title was 2008.
“ We have key matches this week and next to bring home that conference title. That is our focus for the next week and a half. Then, we will refocus and prepare for the tournament games.”
The D-G-F Rebels find themselves in an unfamiliar role playing spoiler. The Rebels won HOL titles every year since 2005, aside from Perham’s 2008 championship.
Perham’s loss to Roseau was the first Section 8AA defeat this season. The Yellowjackets are 7-1 against 8AA opponents.
The Section has five teams in the top 21 QRF ranking positions. Thief River Falls is No. 8, Perham is No. 9, Fergus Falls is No. 11; Hawley and Roseau are back-to-back at Nos. 20 and 21.
Perham Tournament statistics:
Rutten - 22
T. Scheidecker - 21
Von Ruden - 12
Erickson - 10
Christenson - 69
Von Ruden - 12
Erickson - 10
Slettebak - 9
Schmitz - 53
T. Scheidecker - 45
A. Scheidecker - 23
Erickson - 19
Serving: % for tourney was 91%
Erickson - 20/23 - 4 aces
T. Scheidecker - 34/35 - 2 aces
Christenson - 26/30 - 2 aces
A. Scheidecker - 29/30 - 1 ace
Schmitz - 31/35 - 2 aces
Honrud - 16/18 - 5 aces
Reese - 19/21 - 1 ace