Yellowjackets advance to Subsection final
PERHAM — The No. 1-seeded Perham Yellowjackets volleyball team swept the season series with a tough Frazee Hornets squad to advance to face No. 2 Fergus Falls in the South Subsection final Tuesday night at Wadena.
Perham gained the Subsection semifinal victory by a score of 3-1 (25-18, 25-22, 24-26, 25-13).
Frazee was the only team to take Perham to a deciding fifth set this season.
“Frazee always comes to play us,” Head Coach Eryn Moser said. “It has been a long tradition, from even my days playing. It has always been a battle and probably will continue to be a battle. We have come to understand that we can never underestimate that team.”
“It’s always fun playing a team 10 minutes down the road,” Tina Scheidecker said. “They always bring the competition.”
Perham is undefeated in full non-tournament matches to the tune of 26-0. The Lady Jackets are 26-2 overall with two tough tournament losses to ranked teams.
For most of the match, the teams were keeping the scores close with Perham finding ways to score in crunch time. The Jackets did just that in going up 1-0 by way of a 25-18 first set.
The Hornets fought to a tough three-point loss in the second set. The two teams were tied to a deadlock at 21 points each. Perham did not trail when it mattered most scoring four of the final five set points.
What could have been a deciding third set for the home team was a war of attrition with 11 tied scores from four-all up to 24-all. Frazee held the largest lead of the set, four points, while up 17-13.
“I was very proud of how our girls held tight under pressure,” said Moser. “We could have folded; in the past years we might have, but these girls have learned to play through the pressure and do what we can control to get the job done. I feel we are playing our best right now.”
Frazee scored the final two points to win set three 26-24 and had momentum on their side heading to the fourth.
Perham was able to steady some of that opposing momentum by taking a break in the action to commemorate Tina Scheidecker’s 1,000th dig. Scheidecker joins teammate Allie Christenson, who recorded her 1,000th assist earlier this season.
“Coming into the season that was my goal to hopefully get to 1,000 digs,” Scheidecker said. “I wasn’t really sure if I was going to do it.”
“She is by far the rock of our team,” Moser said of Scheidecker. “She is positive and definitely a competitor. She is an instinctual player on our team. She reads hitters well and has a knack for reading where that ball is going to come from and where it is going to land. Our team would not have the success we have without her on the court.”
Scheidecker led Perham in kills with 17 and 36 digs, a number of which were of a spectacular variety as the senior flew around her home court for the final time.
Perham’s 1,000 duo led Perham to an efficient and confident match-sealing set four. Scheidecker began on serve and put up a 7-1 lead. At 22-13, Christenson served an ace by way of the net cord to put the match within reach at 23-13.
Amy Scheidecker got a kill with a bit of net cord assistance to set up match point with plenty of room to spare 24-13.
Maria Rutten had a strong night to compliment Scheidecker's attack. Rutten had 14 kills.
The South Subsection final between Perham (26-2) and Fergus Falls (23-6) will be at Wadena-Deer Creek High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.
The winner will face the winner of No. 1 Thief River Falls (25-4) and No. 3 Hawley (20-9) from the North Subsection in the Section 8AA final Saturday, Nov. 2 in a 7 p.m. game at a site to be determined.
Kills— T. Scheidecker 17, Rutten 14, Ella Von Ruden 9, Analea Erickson 7, Hope Slettebak 2, Christenson 1, A. Scheidecker 1, Tina Schmitz 1.
Blocks— Erickson 4; Von Ruden 3; Slettebak 3.
Digs— T. Scheidecker 36; Schmitz 24; Christenson 15; Amy Scheidecker 15; Chelsey Honrud 10; Rutten 8; Erickson 5; Slettebak 4; Von Ruden 2.