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Perham volleyball on a roll heading into Detroit Lakes Monday night

Perham kept the HOL conference leader, Holly Vancura, in check enough to win their second conference game and remain in first place. Photos by Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 3
Tina Scheidecker led Perham with 20 kills including the match winner against Barnesville Thursday.2 / 3
Allie Christenson sets one of her game-high 30 assists in Perham's 3-1 victory over the Trojans.3 / 3

PERHAM — The trio of Allie Christenson, Tina Scheidecker and Maria Rutten led the Perham Yellowjackets volleyball team to their second Heart O’ Lakes Conference victory out-hitting a determined Barnesville Trojans team 3-1 Thursday night.

Scheidecker and Rutten combined for 35 kills, 20 by Scheidecker, and Christenson recorded her 1,000 career assist. Christenson had 30 kills Thursday to reach the plateau.

“Allie Christenson has been playing with a competitive determination,” Head Coach Eryn Moser said. “She has ran our offense with confidence and has made great choices for us on offense. I am very proud of her accomplishment.”

Christenson downplayed the milestone, concentrating more on getting the team victory.

“I looked over and saw all of them wearing the 1,000 assists T-shirts, but I wasn’t going to worry about it because I wanted to get this match done with,” Christenson said. “I didn’t even think about it. I want to win. Winning is more important.”

Barnesville took the first set 25-22 behind the big hitting of senior Holly Vancura. Vancura put the set away on a resounding kill from the back row.

“Last night was a great win for us,” Moser said. “We did struggle, at times, with consistency but I was really impressed with our unwillingness to give up.”

Perham, however, has responded all season when being down. After losing their only match of the season, a first round game versus Kasson-Mantorville at the Southwest Challenge, Perham has reeled off nine straight wins. Earlier this season versus Detroit Lakes, the Jackets lost the first set and stormed back to win three straight and the match. The same happened against the Trojans.

Perham cruised in the second set winning 25-14. They never trailed. Vancura kept Barnesville in the third set as Perham held a three-point lead at 15-12. Rutten, Scheidecker and Christenson pushed the Trojans to the brink at 24-18. Scheidecker put the set away with a kill off a block and a 2-1 match lead.

The Trojans did their best to extend the match to a fifth set. Vancura was a known presence at the net the entire march and is the HOL conference leader with 6.71 kills per set.

“(It) was about scoring in rotations 4,5,6, when Vancura goes to the back row,” said Moser. “I thought we did a great job of doing that.”

“I was so scared we would get to that final game, but knew if we pushed hard we would get through this and I’m so proud of my team,” said Christenson.

Neither team led by more than three points to a 21-all tie. To that point, Perham trailed the entire fourth set. Rutten gave the Yellowjackets match point at 25-24 on a kill and Scheidecker iced the game on the following point improving Perham’s record to 2-0 in the HOL, tied with Hawley for first place.

Perham won four matches over the weekend defending their title at the Minnewaska tournament improving their overall record to 12-1 heading into Monday night’s rematch with the Lakers (6-4) in Detroit Lakes. Scheidecker led Perham with 13 kills in the final victory over New London-Spicer, according to a report from Lakes Radio’s Mike Peterson.

“We’re very strong competitors,” Christenson said. “Everybody look out.”

Perham's hot start has garnered the attentions of the Coaches Association Class 2A poll where the Jackets make their first appearance gaining four votes an honorable mention.


Tina Scheidecker - 20 kills

Mariai Rutten - 15

Analea Erickson - 7


Chelsey Honrud - 14/14 with 1 ace

Amy Scheidecker - 17/20 - 1 ace

Tina Schmitz - 18/19 with 2 aces


Allie Christenson - 30 set assists


Tina Scheidecker - 34

Tina Schmitz - 23

Chelsy Honrud - 21


Analea Erickson - 3

Hope Sletteback - 3

Ella Von Ruden - 1

Class 2A Volleyball rankings:


1. Marshall (7) 116

2. Belle Plaine 110

3. Stewartville 97

4. Kasson-Mantorville 91

5. Fergus Falls (1) 90

6. Thief River Falls 79

7. Jackson County Central 76

8. St. Crouix Lutheran 55

9. Hill-Murray 33

10. Jordan 31

Others receiving votes: Chatfield (28), Dassel-Cokato (14), Visitation (13), Sauk Center (6), Melrose (6), Perham (4)

HOL Volleyball Standings

Hawley 2-0

Perham 2-0

Barnesville 1-1

Breckenridge 1-1

Frazee 0-1

Pelican Rapids 0-1

DGF 0-2

Kills leaders (per set)

Holly Vancura (Barn)  6.71

Kennady Barlund (Fra) 5.3

Tina Scheidecker (Per) 4.3

Carly Ulven (Haw) 3.66

Maria Rutten (Per) 3.5

Darby Olson (Haw) 3.3

Digs leaders (per set)

Tina Scheidecker (Per) 9.17

Taylor Tappe (Fra) 6.0

Liz Driscoll (DGF) 6.0

Tina Schmitz (Per) 5.5

Kristina Dahlgren (Breck) 5.4

Allie Christenson (Per) 4.17

Assists leaders (per set) (offense)

Nicole Hustad (Barn) 10.57 (5-1)

Allie Christenson (Per) 7.3 (6-2/5-1)

Ally Reno (DGF) 6.5 (5-1)

Hally Evenson (Pel) 4.75 (5-1)

Carly Ulven (Haw) 4.66 (6-2)

Michelle Arnhalt (Breck) 3.9  (6-2)

Service Aces (total)

Darby Olson (Haw) 9

Lincoln Haiby (Pel) 6

Carly Ulven (Haw) 4

Amy Scheidecker (Per) 4

Tina Schmitz (Per) 4

Serving Percentage:

Sydney Honek (DGF) 100%

Carly Ulven (Haw) 100%

Jody Noreen (Haw) 100%

Darby Olson (Haw) 100%

Chelsey Honrud (Per) 96%

Ace Blocks (total solo and assists)

Karyssa Hovelson (Haw) 8

Anna Smith (DGF) 7

Hope Slettebak (Per) 5

Whitney Janu (Fra) 4

Tina Scheidecker (Per) 4

Ana Erickson (Per) 4

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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