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Volleyball: Perham gets payback at Hawley

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Perham got a big road conference win at Hawley Tuesday night needing all five sets for the 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-15, 15-10).

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The win was a bit of payback and evens the season series with the Nuggets, who won at Perham Sept. 8 by a score of 3-1.

"A much more motivated, confident Yellowjacket team that played in Hawley tonight," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "The girls came out with fire and kept it throughout the match."

Katrina Moenkedick and Brooke Mickelson took over play at the net with 19 and 16 kills each.

"Brooke and Katrina really showed up tonight. They took this team under their wings and showed what great leaders they can be."

Analea Erickson had a career high eight blocks in the middle, along with Moenkedick's five. Conference leader in blocks, Miranda Lockhart also played a big role in stuffing up the front row of the Nuggets.

"Our middles (Miranda Lockhart and Analea Erickson) had a great match tonight for us. Miranda and Analea kept the Nuggets busy in coverage as their numerous block backs made it difficult to get a hitting rhythm going. Even if they didn't get a block back, they were slowing down Hawley spikes with their touches and allowing our back row to start a transition game."

The transition numbers showed, as three Yellowjackets hit double-digits in digs. Becky Stoll led the way with 23. Mickelson had 19 and Tina Schmitz had 14. Tina Scheidecker had nine digs.

After losing the first game 25-21, Rayna Jacobson came out in game two and served the Jackets to a seven-point lead.

Perham never relinquished the advantage taking game two by seven points, inning game 2, 25-18.

Allie Christenson had a career high 20 assists, joining Jacobson's 15 as the two Jackets responsible for passing setting up the front row most of the night.

Serving was a key element in the victory. Five Jackets scored free points with aces.

Jacobson led the team with four; Allie Christenson, Becky Stoll and Mickelson had three. Schmitz added a pair.

"Our serving really set the tone for the match."

Hawley came back to take game three, 25-20, and put the Yellowjackets' back to the wall needing both game four and the shortened game five to take the match.

Perham came out strong in games four and five under the strong leadership of Moenkedick. She served the jackets to early leads in both games and the Yellowjackets got the victory by comfortable margins, 25-15 and 15-10.

The next action for the Jackets is Tues., Oct. 4 at Frazee for the Battle of the Bees and the Cancer Awareness "Volley for a Cure" match. The match is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Game Stats:

Kills:

Katrina Moenkedick 19

Brooke Mickelson 16

Lexy Karvonen 7

Becky Stoll 5

Miranda Lockhart 4

Analea Erickson 2

Allie Christenson 1

Digs:

Becky Stoll 23

Brooke Mickelson 19

Tina Schmitz 14

Tina Scheidecker 9

Allie Christenson 6

Lexy Karvonen 6

Rayna Jacobson 6

Katrina Moenkedick 5

Miranda Lockhart 5

Analea Erickson 2

Blocks:

Analea Erickson 8

Katrina Moenkedick 5

Becky Stoll 3

Miranda Lockhart 1

Brooke Mickelson 1

Lexy Karvonen 1

Aces:

Rayna Jacobson 4

Allie Christenson 3

Becky Stoll 3

Brooke Mickelson 3

Tina Schmitz 2

Assists:

Allie Christenson 20

Rayna Jacobson 15

Katrina Moenkedick 8

Becky Stoll 3

Miranda Lockhart 2

Lexy Karvonen 1

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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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