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Perham senior Miranda Lockhart blasts a kill over Kendra Weinrich (13) and Lincoln Halby. 
Robert Williams/FOCUS
Perham senior Miranda Lockhart blasts a kill over Kendra Weinrich (13) and Lincoln Halby. Robert Williams/FOCUS

Volleyball playoffs: Jackets win wild five-setter in Pelican

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PELICAN RAPIDS - The No. 5 Yellowjackets exacted revenge on their most heated of rivals, the No. 4 Pelican Rapids Vikings, in an exciting five-set opening round Section 8AA-South playoff victory Thursday night.

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Perham defeated Pelican Rapids 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-10).

"I like this ending far better than the first time we played Pelican this year," Perham Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "I was proud of how our kids played with guts when it counted."

Pelican Rapids defeated Perham in a five-set marathon Oct. 4.

Thursday night, Perham was three points from taking the match in game four leading 22-17 when the Vikings came alive scurrying all over the court to temporarily save their season.

Perham led 22-21 and a flurry of one-armed saves on both sides sent the ball careening to the edge of the Pelican Rapids' bench.

Vikings Libero Lizzie Pfeifle made a miracle save stretching into the bench to keep the ball alive and Lincoln Halby finished it off to tie the game at 22.

Pfeifle followed the play up with an ace serve and Kendra Weinrich polished off the game with two soft left-handed kills cross court from the left side of the net to complete a 8-0 Viking run.

The Viking gymnasium was raucous and loud with momentum definitely on the side of the home team having gotten the better of some incredible rallies in the fourth set.

"Between games four and five, I made the girls stand and pick their heads up. I reminded them of what they did well with confidence in game four," Christenson said. "Girls high school volleyball is like that - huge momentum swings that challenge players' psyches, especially during post season tournaments. I was proud of the way they came back with fire in game five."

The fifth set was just like the remainder of the match with the teams trading points to a tie at nine.

That's when Perham senior Miranda Lockhart took over.

"It's been happening to us all season long," Lockhart said. "We'll come out really great and then down and up and down again."

A Lockhart block gave Perham the lead for good at 10-9. Lockhart added kills to bump the lead to 12-9 and to put the Yellowjackets on the hill at 14-10.

A Pelican hitting error ended the match in Perham's favor.

"That felt really great," Lockhart said. "Sometimes when we get down it's hard to get a leader out there and I knew I had to become one tonight and I did."

"Great matches again for our captains," said Christenson.

Lockhart led Perham with 17 kills, 9 digs, 3 blocks, and two aces. Allie Christenson had a career-high five kills, a career-high 43 assists, 10 digs and five aces. Tina Scheidecker added 12 kills, an ace, a career-high 30 digs, and one block.

Analea Erickson had a breakout game tallying a career-high 11 kills.

Perham will travel to Glyndon to face the top-seeded Rebels at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, Oct. 26.

In other 8AA-South action No. 3 Hawley defeated No. 6 Breckenridge 3-0; No. 2 Wadena-Deer Creek defeated No. 7 Staples-Motley 3-0.

Kills:

Miranda Lockhart 17

Tina Scheidecker 12

Analea Erickson 11 (career high)

Maria Rutten 8

Hope Slettebak 6

Allie Christenson 5

Assists:

Allie Christenson 43 (career high)

Hope Slettebak 9

Tina Schmitz 2

Aces:

Allie Christenson 5

Miranda Lockhart 2

Hope Slettebak 1

Tina Scheidecker 1

Blocks:

Hope Slettebak 3

Miranda Lockhart 3

Maria Rutten 1

Tina Scheidecker 1

Digs:

Tina Scheidecker 30 (career high)

Tina Schmitz 11

Allie Christenson 10

Miranda Lockhart 9

Brooke Boedigheimer 7

Hope Slettebak 4

Maria Rutten 3

Analea Erickson 1

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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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