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Perham makes quick work of Pelican Rapids

Maria Rutten makes a play at the net in Perham's 3-0 sweep of Pelican Rapids in the opening round of the playoffs. Robert Williams/FOCUS

PERHAM — The No. 1 seeded Perham Yellowjackets (25-2) needed an hour of court time to dispatch the No. 8 Pelican Rapids Vikings 3-0 (25-14, 25-6, 25-7) in the opening round of Section 8AA South Subsection play Thursday night.

Perham will face Frazee Friday night at 7 p.m., in Perham, in the Section quarterfinals. The No. 5 Hornets upset No. 4 Pequot Lakes in five sets 3-2 on the road. The Hornets are the only team to take Perham to a fifth set this season, which they did in a 3-2 Perham victory in Frazee September 26.

Perham’s victory over Pelican was a match to a 6-6 tie in the first set before the Yellowjackets steamrolled their archrivals. Five Tina Scheidecker first set kills led Perham on a 19-8 run from the six-all tie to take the first set.

Chelsey Honrud served Perham to a 7-1 lead in the second and Perham outscored the Vikings 18-5 to go up 2-0.

The third set was similar to the second with Perham jumping out to a 6-0 advantage and cruising to the victory.

Tina Scheidecker

Tina Schmitz and Tina Scheidecker led in digs with 15 and 10, respectively. 

Analea Erickson and Scheidecker both had nine kills to lead Perham.

In other 8AA South Subsection games, No. 3 Barnesville defeated No. 6 Breckenridge 3-0. No. 2 Fergus Falls defeated No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek 3-0.

In 8AA North, finals reported are: No. 1 Thief River Falls 3, No. 8 Crookston 0; No. 2 Roseau 3, No. 7 Warroad 0; No. 3 Hawley 3, No. 6 Park Rapids Area 0, and No. 4 Diworth-Glyndon-Felton 3, No. 5 East Grand Forks 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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