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PHS Volleyball: Jackets survive at WCA

John George

Perham survived a lat scare at West Central Area Thursday thanks to a career night by sophomore Katrina Moenkedick. The Jackets won the first two sets in Barrett, then lost the next two, before taking the tie-breaker to win, 3-2 (25-14, 25-18, 18-25, 24-26, 15-9).

Moenkedick finished with career high's in kills with 15 and blocks with 10. She also added 13 digs and three aces.

"I can't remember a player having a 10-block night since I've been coaching here at Perham," said head coach Dan Christenson.

The Jackets played very well in winning the first two sets, then began making a number of unforced errors while WCA's outside hitter Hollie Lien began to assert herself.

"We had a letdown mentally and couldn't recover," Christenson said. "That's something we need to improve on. I'm not taking anything away from the fantastic defensive play of Suzie Lohse's team. This could be one of the best WCA teams in recent years."

Becky Stoll also shined both offensively and defensively for the Jackets with 12 kills, 16 digs and to blocks. Kelli Meehl again had another solid night for the Jackets with 11 kills, 15 digs, five blocks, two assists and an ace.

Perham (5-6, 3-0 HOL) returns to Prairie Wind Gymnasium for what could be the biggest match in the HOL this fall as they host No. 15-AA D-G-F (6-4, 3-0 HOL). Perham beat the Rebels last year, 3-1, ending a three-match losing streak to D-G-F.

Thursday, September 24

Perham 3, West Central Area 2

(25-14, 25-18, 18-25, 24-26, 15-9)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Katrina Moenkedick (15-13-10), Becky Stoll (12-16-2), Kelli Meehl (11-15-5), Elisa Moenkedick (9-3-3), Kaylan Huber (2-12-0), Lexy Karvonen (2-7-2), Brooke Mickelson (0-12-0), Mary Guck (0-7-0)

Assists--Guck 20, K. Moenkedick 19, Karvonen 4, Meehl 2.

Aces--E. Moenkedick 4, Guck 4, K. Moenkedick 3, Meehl 1.

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

D-G-F 3-0 6-4

Perham 3-0 5-6

Breckenridge 2-1 3-4

West Central Area 2-1 3-7

Barnesville 3-2 3-4

Hawley 2-2 5-2

Pelican Rapids 1-1 4-2

Lake Park-Audubon 1-3 2-4

Ulen-Hitterdal 0-3 0-6

Frazee 0-4 0-7