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Perham volleyball gaining momentum

Brooke Mickelson returns a shot against Detroit Lakes Tuesday night.

The Perham volleyball team lost a close season opener at Bemidji 3-2.

"It came to game five and we had too many unforced errors in a game to 15," Head Coach Dan Christenson said. "It was too much to overcome."

The Yellowjackets looked on the verge of being swept by Bemidji, who took game one easily 25-15 and went extra time to take game two 30-28.

Perham would storm back taking games three and four 25-16 and 25-17, but errors in the fifth game would prove costly for the Yellowjackets in the shortened 15-point tiebreaker game 16-14.

"Maybe it happened at the right point of the season. Get that one out of the way. Get those jitters away. Since then, we've had great practices."

The Yellowjackets traveled to Eden Prairie for a big tournament against some larger schools over the Labor Day holiday.

According to Christenson, the 12-team tournament is a stepping-stone to league play and he looks for the squad to build on momentum from play over the weekend.

"It's a perfect time for us to come back and get jump started for any conference and section match-ups we have coming up."

The Yellowjackets defeated Mounds View, one of the largest schools in the state. Perham also beat Minnetonka.

The Yellowjackets lost the hosts, Eden Prairie, ranked #4 in Class 3A. Chanhassen defeated Perham in the consolation championship.

The finish was good for sixth place overall. The only other outstate team, Alexandria, finished in tenth place losing to Minneapolis Southwest in the ninth place match.

Tuesday night the Yellowjackets took it to Detroit Lakes on the Lakers home floor.

"This was a good section 8AA win for us tonight. The girls played well coming off of their Eden Prairie sixth place finish last weekend."

A consistent performance in all areas of the floor led to the sweep. Perham won by scores of: 25-18,25-16,25-21. The Yellowjackets were led by Brooke Mickelson.

"Brooke had a great night for us on the outside. She provided the spark offensively that we needed to put the Lakers away in three tonight."

The Yellowjackets will begin their HOL conference schedule this Thursday, September 9, at Hawley.

Volleyball results

Perham vs Eden Prairie, Mounds View, Minnetonka and Chanhassen, at Eden Prairie Tournament.

Eden Prairie 2, Perham 1

(25-22, 25-27, 6-15)

Perham 2, Mounds View 0

(25-17, 25-21)

Perham 2, Minnetonka 1

(25-22, 20-25, 15-10)

Chanhassen 2, Perham 0

(18-25, 19-25)

Perham stat leaders -- Kills: Katrina Moenkedick 29, Becky Stoll 16, Kelli Meehl 9, Brooke Mickelson 8, Lexy Karvonen 8, Miranda Lockhart 7, Kaylan Huber 1...Kill efficiency: Moenkedick 0.339, Stoll 0.200...Digs: Huber 38, Mickelson 32, Stoll 25, Mary Guck 18, Moenkedick 15, Meehl 6, Karvonen 5, Katie Herrmann 4, Rayna Jacobson 2, Lockhart 2...Setting: Guck 41 assists, Moenkedick 23...Blocks: Moenkedick 4, Stoll 3, Lockhart 2...Serving: Herrmann 13-13 100% 3 aces, Jacobson 3-3 100%, Huber 46-48 96% 1 ace, Guck 39-42 93% 5 aces, Stoll 19-24 79%, Moenkedick 18-23 78% 3 aces, Meehl 16-21 76%, Mickelson 15-23 65% 6 aces.

Tuesday, Sept. 7:

Perham defeats Detroit Lakes 3-0 (25-18,25-16,25-21)


Brooke Mickelson 9

Katrina Moenkedick 6

Kelli Meehl 4

Miranda Lockhart 4

Becky Stoll 4

Katie Herrmann 1

Kaylan Huber 1


Kaylan Huber 18

Katrina Moenkedick 12

Becky Stoll 10

Brooke Mickelson 9

Mary Guck 8

Lexy Karvonen 4

Miranda Lockhart 3

Kelli Meehl 2

Rayna Jacobson 2

Katie Herrmann 2


Kelli Meehl 1

Katrina Moenkedick 1

Miranda Lockhart 1


Kelli Meehl 2

Mary Guck 2

Katie Herrmann 2

Kaylan Huber 2

Katrina Moenkedick 1

Rayna Jacobson 1

Brooke Mickelson 1


Katrina Moenkedick 12

Mary Guck 9

Rayna Jacobson 5

Miranda Lockhart 1

Lexy Karvonen 1

Serve percentage:

Rayna Jacobson 100%

Mary Guck 100%

Kaylan Huber 100%

Katrina Moenkedick 91%

Katie Herrmann 89%

Kelli Meehl 88%

Becky Stoll 83%

Brooke Mickelson 50%

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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