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Jacket hitters dominate Breckenridge

Clockwise: Kaylan Huber, Becky Stoll, Katrina Moenkedick, #3, Miranda Lockhart, #8 and Mary Guck celebrate the final point for the win over Breckenridge Thursday.1 / 2
Brooke Mickelson scores a kill off the block of Breckenridge's Amber Vold, #7 and Baylee Wilson, #15. Miranda Lockhart, #8 and Becky Stoll, #11 look on.2 / 2

The Perham volleyball team used striking offensive play to even their Heart O' Lakes conference record at 1-1 defeating Breckenridge 3-1 Thursday night.

"This team is improving a little each match - hoping for it to peak at playoff time," said Head Coach Dan Christenson.

The Yellowjackets had a shot at sweeping all three sets but a wild ending to the second slanted in favor of the Cowgirls 31-29. Perham had five set points but were unable to finish.

That was not the case in the final set. Down 21-20, Breckenridge called timeout and the Jackets huddled up for a pep talk. Coming out of the huddle, Perham would take the remaining five points on Breckenridge errors to seal the win.

"I just reinforced what we'd talked about in the previous time out, that Breck was playing conservative waiting for us to make mistakes. We had to play out the rest of the match without making any more. We knew they were only going to block one person in the middle, so we swung our middles around to hit 32's or 1's instead to use the middle blockers outside hand.

Brooke Mickellson was hot from the outside doing a nice job of counterbalancing Katrina Moenkedick in the middle.

"Brooke was just what the doctor ordered on the outside tonight. She made something out of the average sets and turned them in to kills. Our setters need to improve in the next week as we have to get our outsides hitting to the left of the block."

Mickelson had 13 kills and five aces. Moenkedick had 22 kills and three aces.

"Katrina had a nice match from the front row - hitting efficiency over .300 again which is excellent."

Kaylan Huber and Mary Guck had strong performances from the back row with 23 and 20 digs respectively and both sustaining rallies on their serves.

Unforced errors kept the match close. Perham had 23 hitting errors and 14 serving errors.

"Breckenridge played a smart, scrappy, match tonight. They played to not make mistakes. We have to capitalize on free balls which we were not doing a great job of tonight. Our serve receive was better, but still not where it needs to be."

Perham improves to 4-5 on the season.

Volleyball results

Breckenridge at Perham, Thursday, September 16.

Yellowjackets 3, Cowgirls 2

(25-20, 29-31, 25-15, 25-21)

Team kills: 54

Kill efficiency: 0.196

Team service aces: 12


Katrina Moenkedick 22

Brooke Mickelson 13


Kaylan Huber 23

Mary Guck 20

Serving Percentage:

Rayna Jacobson 100

Katie Herrmann 100

Kaylan Huber 89


Brooke Mickelson 5

Kaylan Huber 2

Kelli Meehl 2

Katrina Moenkedick 2

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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