Pfeffer passes a milestone

By John George "I knew I was getting close, I just didn't know how close," That was the response of Perham's junior setter Rachel Pfeffer, after she passed her 1,000th career assist last Thursday in the Jackets 3-2 win over Hawley ...

By John George

"I knew I was getting close, I just didn't know how close,"

That was the response of Perham's junior setter Rachel Pfeffer, after she passed her 1,000th career assist last Thursday in the Jackets 3-2 win over Hawley (20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11).

That's why she was so surprised when the game was stopped after set passed the milestone, and was presented the game ball from head coach Dan Christenson.


"I didn't know what was going on," Pfeffer said. "I thought we did something wrong and got a little worried. That's when I saw D.C. (Christenson) coming over with the game ball. Then I put it all together."

Pfeffer needed 22 assists coming into the match. She finished the night with 43.

The night was already filled with emotion as the Jackets honored seniors Becca Peloquin and Kim Brill for their dedication and loyalty to the Perham Volleyball program.

"She deserved to be honored on this special night," Christenson said of Pfeffer. "She's a great setter and a fantastic person. I feel fortunate to have had a chance to coach her over the years, and even more fortunate that she'll be setting for one more year in Perham."

Pfeffer combined with Mallory Malikowski on the right side defense for Perham that made the difference in the match. Hawley's outstanding middle hitter, Angie Jetvig put balls down at will in game 1, and looked to be dominating the match. After a rotation adjustment, the Jacket front row block took control and either touched or made Jetvig adjust to the block, giving Perham's transition to offense an opportunity.

With Pfeffer passing the ball, the Jackets had four girls record double-digit kills, led by Peloquin with 13. Tiffany Schroeer and Emily Rutten had 12 a piece, while Elisa Moenkedick added 10. 

Perham ends the HOL schedule with just one loss (to conference champ D-G-F) and will finish in second place in the conference with an 8-1 record. Hawley ends with a 6-3 record and will place 3rd.  

Runestone Tournament


Perham went 1-2 in pool play and finished sixth overall at the Runestone Tournament in Alexandria last weekend.

The Jackets started off the day looking tired, according to Christenson, and lost to Section 8AA rival, No. 10 Wadena-Deer Creek, 2-0 (25-22, 25-21). Peloquin had seven kills to lead Perham while Pfeffer dished out 16 assists.

The team came to life a bit in game two, a 2-1 win over Moorhead (18-25, 25-20, 16-14). Schroeer led the team with 10 kills and two blocks. Tara Sailer added 26 digs and three service aces.

In the final game of pool play, the Jackets won game one against Wayzata, but lost the final two (25-22, 19-25, 10-15).

That set Perham up for a rematch against Bemidji in the fifth place match. Bemidji beat Perham in the season opener, 3-1 on Aug. 24. This time, the Lumberjacks took care of business, 2-0.

Regular season finale

The Jackets wrapped-up the regular season Tuesday night with a 3-0 win at Detroit Lakes (25-13, 25-9, 25-16).

Everything went right for Perham as they picked up the team's most decisive win of the season, according to Christenson.


All 14 of Perham's varsity members saw the floor and contributed to the win. Nine players recorded kills and 12 players recorded digs, while seven more had at least one block. Rutten led the team with nine kills to go with two blocks. Moenkedick had six kills, four blocks and three aces in the win.

"It was a true team effort tonight by our team," Christenson said. "The front row block was there for us tonight. Our 16 team blocks set the stage for the defense.

"That's just the win we needed heading in to the playoffs," Christenson added. "That's the way teams win championships. No fear, few errors, confidence. Something I hope Perham will take to heart next week as we begin the 8AA tournament."


The Jackets will get some time off before starting Section 8AA playoffs. Play-in games will be played Oct. 25. Section quarterfinal games will be played Oct. 26 at the high seeds. Right now, Perham looks to have the No. 3 seed in the sub-section locked up, which would give them a first round home game. Wadena-Deer Creek is the likely No. 1 seed in the Sub-Section, with Fergus Falls No. 2.

"I like the direction we're going," Pfeffer said. "If we can put it together and make a good run we can compete with anyone in the section."

Thursday, October 11

Perham 3, Hawley 2

(20-25, 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Rachel Pfeffer (6-4-0), Tiffany Schroeer (12-4-2), Julie Wierbos (1-0-0), Becca Peloquin (13-10-1), Tara Sailer (0-15-0), Emily Rutten (12-8-0), Mallory Malikowski (6-13-2), Chelsey Olson (0-10-0), Kim Brill (1-1-0), Elisa Moenkedick (10-4-3), Kaylan Huber (0-4-0).

Assists--Pfeffer 43, Malikowski 3, Sailer 1.

Aces--Rutten 4, Malikowski 3, Schroeer 3, Moenkedick 2, Pfeffer 2, Peloquin 1.

Saturday, October 13

Alexandria Tournament

Wadena-Deer Creek 2, Perham 0

(25-22, 25-21)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Nicci Williamson (0-0-1); Pfeffer (0-0-2), Huber (0-4-0), Peloquin (7-6-0); Rutten (3-1-0); Malikowski (0-4-0); Sailer (0-12-0); Schroeer (3-0-1); Moenkedick (6-0-2).

Assists--Pfeffer 16, Rutten 1.

Aces--Pfeffer 1.

Perham 2, Moorhead 1

(18-25, 25-20, 16-14)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Pfeffer (0-5-0); Wierbos (0-9-0); Huber (0-2-0); Peloquin (0-7-3); Rutten (7-0-0); Malikowski (4-2-0); Sailer (0-26-0); Schroeer (10-0-2); Moenkedick (1-1-0).

Aces--Malikowski 5, Sailer 3, Wierbos 2, Pfeffer 1, Peloquin 1, Rutten 1.

Wayzata 2, Perham 1

(22-25, 25-19, 15-10)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Pfeffer (0-6-1); Wierbos (6-7-0); Peloquin (2-6-0); Rutten (6-2-1); Malikowski (5-13-0); Sailer (0-8-0); Schroeer (4-1-1); Moenkedick (1-0-0).

Assists--Pfeffer 20, Malikowski 1.

Aces--Pfeffer 1, Peloquin 1, Sailer 1, Schroeer 1.

5th Place

Bemidji 2, Perham 0

(25-15, 25-21)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Williamson (1-1-0); Pfeffer (0-10-); Wierbos (0-3-0); Huber (0-3-0); Olson (1-2-0); Peloquin (2-1-0); Rutten (3-0-1); Malikowski (3-5-0); Brill (0-2-0); Sailer (0-6-0); Moenkedick (1-1-1).

Assists--Pfeffer 7, Rutten 1, Malikowski 1.

Aces--Wierbos 1, Rutten 1.

3rd Place

Alexandria 2, Wadena-Deer Creek 1


Chaska 2, Wayzata 0

Tuesday, October 16

Perham 3, Detroit Lakes 0

(25-13, 25-9, 25-16)

Jackets--(Kills-Digs-Blocks)--Rutten (9-0-2); Peloquin (6-0-0); Malikowski (6-6-3); Moenkedick (6-0-4); Schroeer (0-0-2); Sailer (0-12-0); Wierbos (0-8-0); Pfeffer (0-8-3).

Assists--Pfeffer 28.

Aces--Moenkedick 3, Pfeffer 2, Peloquin 2, Malikowski 2.

Heart O' Lakes Conf. All

#2-AA D-G-F 10-0 22-0

Perham 8-1 15-11

West Central Area 6-3 14-9

Hawley 7-4 12-11

Ulen-Hitterdal 5-5 8-10

Breckenridge 4-5 9-13

Frazee 3-6 4-16

Pelican Rapids 3-7 9-14

Barnesville 2-9 5-15

Lake Park-Audubon 1-9 6-15

Section 8AA South Section All

#10-AA W-DC 10-1 22-4-1

Perham 6-4 15-11

Fergus Falls 1-0 10-9

Staples-Motley 3-2 15-9

Breckenridge 2-3 9-13-3

Detroit Lakes 3-7 8-14-1

Pelican Rapids 0-5 9-14-1

Frazee 1-8 4-16-1

Section 8AA North Section All

D-G-F 8-0 22-0

Warroad 2-1 21-4-1

East Grand Forks 7-2 19-9

Roseau 3-3 18-9

Thief River Falls 2-5 16-10

Crookston 3-4 13-10

Park Rapids Area 1-5 7-17

W-H-A 0-2 6-20

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