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Rebels get upper hand in first meeting

Perham's Laura Alstadt goes for the kill against the DGF block during Perham's 3-2 defeat to DGF. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The last two Section 8AA and Heart O’Lakes Conference Champions squared off in an early season battle in Glyndon on Sept. 8. As was the case in many of their past battles, this one went to the wire with the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels defending home court with a 3-2 (25-18, 25-19, 25-15, 5-25, 13-15) win over the Perham Yellowjackets.

Throughout the night the teams traded the momentum with each other, DGF had it on their side in game one, while Perham took in it in games two and three. However, DGF took control in game four, while Perham started strong in game five, a late surge by DGF help secure the win.

Gabby DeBoer

Joeli Kelso’s ninth kill of the night was the dagger for the Yellowjackets. She sent it past the Perham block, giving the Rebels the 15-13 win. Jocelyn Dubbels and Grace Steichen led the way with 13 kills each.

Gabby DeBoer led the way for the Yellowjackets with 17 kills. Hannah Ekse added 10 in the defeat for Perham, while Laura Alstadt finished with five.

The Yellowjackets appeared to be on their way after cruising to a 25-15 victory in game three, taking a 2-1 lead in the match. However, it unraveled quickly in game four. The Rebels scored 13 of the first 14 points. Grace Steichen had two ace serves during the run. A block by DeBoer slowed the momentum momentarily, but the Rebels kept the pedal to the metal with a 25-5 win in game four.

Perham calmed things down during the break between four and five and exchanged points with the Rebels until it was tied at six. A quick set by Aixa Kolofale surprised the Rebels giving the Yellowjackets a 7-6 lead. It was followed by a pair of finesse plays by Ekse when she sent the ball deep for a pair of kills, making it 9-6. The Rebels called timeout and the momentum switched. The Rebels scored the next four points, taking the lead, forcing a Perham timeout. DGF continued to control the game, taking a 14-10 lead. However, a long serve gave Perham some hope. DeBoer followed with a kill and Tayler Parks dropped in a perfectly placed ace, cutting it to 14-13. However, Kelso put the finishing touches on the match for the Rebels with a kill, giving them game five, 15-13.

Allie King

The Yellowjackets were dealt a tough blow in game two when Sydney Riepe went out with a leg injury. The Yellowjackets rallied after the injury, taking game two 25-19. The Yellowjackets were up 17-13 when she went out. Riepe finished with two kills and two blocks before exiting due to injury.

The Yellowjackets started out strong in game three, taking a 6-1 lead. A small rally from the Rebels closed the lead to one at 12-11 and 13-12, but the Yellowjackets put the hammer down in game three. The Yellowjackets scored eight of the next 11 points, taking a 21-15 lead. They scored the next four, closing out the game.

However, it wasn’t meant to be the for the Yellowjackets in the first game of the season series. The two teams will meet again on Oct. 3 in Perham.

Lisa Meader finished with 32 digs for Perham, while Allie King had 23 set assists. Kolofale finished with 14 set assists. Parks had two ace serves, while DeBoer and Rachel Muer had one each. King added 15 digs, while Parks finished with 14.

The Yellowjackets had little time to lament the loss to DGF, they return to action with the Southwest Minnesota Showcase when they compete in the two day event in Marshall, beginning on Sept. 8.

Katie Zepper

DGF def. PER 3-2 (18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 5-25, 13-15)

PER: Hannah Ekse 10K, 2D, 7B; Sydney Riepe 2K, 2D, 2B; Laura Alstadt 5K, 3SA: Gabby DeBoer 17K, 1AS, 19D, 6B; Rachel Muer 1K, 1AS, 3D; Allie King 23SA, 15D; Lisa Meader 32D; Aixa Kolofale 1K, 14SA, 5D; Gracie DeBoer 2K; Katie Zepper 3K, 3D; Kolbey Bormann 3D; Mesa Schultz 3D; Tayler Parks 2AS, 14D.

DGF: Ariana Johnson 7D; Jocelyn Dubbles 13K, 3AS, 10D; Paige Fabre 3AS, 32D; Katlyn Brenna 4D; Grace Steichen 13K, 1B, 5AS, 10D; Sofia Reno 1K, 1AS, 40SA, 8D; Rae Critchley 7K, 1B, 4D; Joeli Kelso 9K, 1B, 1AS, 2D; Allie Critchley 9D; Peyton Wilson 4K, 1B.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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