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Ellie Rutten tries to hammer the ball through Wadena-Deer Creek's Emily Miron (12) and Caitlin Volkmann. Robert Williams/FOCUS.

Volleyball: Eagles split a pair of games (Updated)

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Eagles split a pair of games

Robert Williams

NEW YORK MILLS -- The Eagles volleyball team split two matches on back-to-back nights defeating Menahga Monday 3-0 and dropping a match to No. 9-2A Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday.

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In the victory over the Braves, Ellie Rutten led the way with 19 kills. As a team, the Braves only totaled 16 kills for the match.

"Great win for us," Head Coach Angela Paavola said. "We hit the ball well, served the ball well, and covered the floor on defense. We played mentally tough on our side and took advantage of their mistakes or weaknesses."

New York Mills won the first two sets handily, 25-16 and a whopping 25-9 in set two. Menahga came close to extending the match to a fourth set before falling to the Eagles 25-23.

The victory improves the Eagles' Park Region Conference record to 1-2. The Eagles are 6-8-2 overall, including tournament play.

No. 9-1A Henning sits atop the standings at 3-0.

Menahga is 0-4 in the conference and 2-11 overall. Junior Jenny Skoog led the Braves with eight kills.

Brooklyn Frost had four of the Eagles' six aces.

Lexie Rankka and Lydia Irons moved the ball around accumulating 38 and 40 assists, respectively, accounting for 78 of the team total of 89.

Brooke Kupfer tallied 24 digs to lead the Eagles. Tori Kempenich had 15.

The 2010 2A state champion Wolverines and holders of four straight trips to the state tournament had little trouble defeating the Eagles Tuesday night.

Wadena-Deer Creek got off to a fast start and put away the Eagles easily in the first two sets 25-13 and 25-11.

"We started out in game one playing them tough point-for-point until about point 12 and they took over and we broke down and watched too many balls drop on our side. Game two, we had some miscommunication errors and were down mentally as a team will become when you play a tough team like Wadena."

New York Mills bounced back nicely in the third set by fell by four points, 25-21, to give up the three-set sweep.

"We did not lay down and die. We found some strength on our side and a hole or two on their side and we played a great game of volleyball.

Junior Amanda Roggenkamp came off the bench for game three and was the difference making some good saves and a burst of energy.

"Game three was a great way to end the evening for us. We played good volleyball on our side against a good team."

NY Mills Statistics:

NYM 3, Menahga 0

(25-16, 25-9, 25-23)

Imsande: 6 kills 23/25 hitting 92%, 5/5 serving, 1 solo block

Plautz: 3 kills 9-9 serving, 4 digs, 1 solo block

Rutten: 19 kills 59/66 89%, 7/8 serving, 4 digs, 2 solo blocks

Kempenich: 6 kills. 27/27 100%, 6/6 serving, 15 digs,

Rankka: 1 kill, 6/6 serving, 5 digs, 21 set assists

Irons: 8/9 serving, 7 digs, 11 set assists

Paavola: 9/9 serving. 2 aces, 4 digs,

Novak: 3 digs

Kupfer: 13/13 serving, 24 digs,

Frost: 15/18 serving 4 aces, 4 digs

Leiran: 2 digs

WDC 3, NYM 0

(25-13, 25-11, 25-21)

Imsande: 4 kills. 20/23 87%, 1 solo block

Plautz: 2 kills, 11/12 serving, 2 aces92%,

Rutten: 7 kills, 4 solo blocks

Kempenich: 3 kills, 8/9 serving 89%,

Paavola: 5 digs, 16 serve receives

Kupfer: 6/6 serving 100%, 10 digs, 23 serve receives

Frost: 4/4 serving 100% 1 ace

Leiran: 2 digs

Roggenkamp: 3/3 serving 100%, 4 digs, 4 serve receives

Rankka: 12set assists

Irons: 2 set assists

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