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Volleyball: Jackets win key points in victory over DL

Tina Schmitz dives for a tough dig in Perham's victory over DL. Photo by Bob Williams.1 / 3
Brooke Mickelson tips a ball just out of reach of the Lakers defense. Photo by Bob Williams.2 / 3
Becky Stoll, foreground, had 11 kills for Perham in the victory over Detroit Lakes. Also pictured, Brooke Mickelson, #7, Katrina Moenkedick #3, Miranda Lockhart #8, and Allie Christenson. Photo by Bob Williams.3 / 3

Perham had to battle to the wire in four games but ended the regular season on a high note with a victory at Detroit lakes 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 26-24).

"We knew this would be a tight one," Perham Head Coach Dan Christenson said.

The Yellowjackets have become accustomed to going the distance this season with a number of five set matches.

"We've been on the winning end of most of them and facing that pressure has strengthened this team," said Christenson.

Perham played better and more at ease in the tightest parts of each set.

"We were good up to 22 points," Laker Head Coach Jim Wood said.

Katrina Moenkedick and Brooke Mickelson took their typical spots atop the kill sheet with 20 and 14 respectively.

Becky Stoll had one of her largest offensive outputs of the season with 11 kills.

Allie Christenson led the offensive game for Perham serving a perfect 16 of 16 and leading the Jackets with 21 assists, a new career high.

"Allie played well tonight," Christenson said. "I was confident that when she stepped back at the service line, we were going to score. She did a great job leading the offense tonight."

Getting free points from serving has been a rallying point for the Yellowjackets.

"Our serving has made great improvements from last year to this year -- we've spent more time in practice devoted to serving fundamentals and technique and it has paid off."

Perham has four servers serving over 90 percent this late in the season: Christenson--93, Rayna Jacobson--93, Tina Scheidecker--91, and Tina Schmitz--90.

All four have provided point spurts at meaningful times of games over the past month and will look to continue garnering easy points as the playoffs loom.

Perham ends their regular season 12-15 overall and 4-2 in Heart O' Lakes Conference play.

The Yellowjackets should secure a number three seed for the 8AA-South subsection tournament, which begins next Thursday, Oct. 27. Their first round opponent will more than likely be Pelican Rapids. Perham swept the Vikings handily Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3-0.

Game stats:

Kills: Katrina Moenkedick 20; Brooke Mickelson 14; Becky Stoll 11; Ana Erickson 4; Miranda Lockhart 3

Digs: Becky Stoll 11; Tina Scheidecker 10; Tina Schmitz 10; Brooke Mickelson 10; Katrina Moenkedick 9; Allie Christenson 6; Lexy Karvonen 3; Miranda Lockhart 2; Katie Herrmann 1; Rayna Jacobson 1

Blocks: Miranda Lockhart 2; Becky Stoll 2; Katrina Moenkedick 1; Ana Erickson 1

Aces: Tina Schmitz 2; Tina Scheidecker 1; Becky Stoll 1

Assists: Allie Christenson 21 (career high); Katrina Moenkedick 12; Rayna Jacobson 8; Becky Stoll 3; Tina Schmitz 1; Katie Herrmann 1; Ana Erickson 1

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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