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DGF battles with Perham for HOL Conference crown

Glyndon-The last time Perham and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton squared off on the volleyball court, the match went down to the wire with the Yellowjackets using strong defense and a powerful attack at the net, earning a 3-2 win.

Glyndon-The last time Perham and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton squared off on the volleyball court, the match went down to the wire with the Yellowjackets using strong defense and a powerful attack at the net, earning a 3-2 win.

In the rematch with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship on the line, the roles were reversed.

The Rebels were tenacious on defense and slowed down the powerful Perham attack in picking up a 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-20) victory over the Perham Yellowjackets at the DGF High School in Glyndon.

“We played awesome today. I talked about how it was going to come down to defense,” DGF Head Coach Tessa Tsyver said. “Last match, they (Perham) outplayed us on defense and today, we really stepped it up.”

The strong defense kept several rallies alive for the Rebels, were the trio of Faith Anderson, Frannie Mercil and Alyson Brenna capitalized.

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“We were picking up a lot more balls than we normally do,” Tsyver said. “I always tell them that will anchor it and our hitting will come. They just proved that tonight.”

After getting blocked early, Mercil came alive at the net, helping dictate play in the front row. Mercil finished with 10 kills as did Brenna. Anderson added seven kills as well for the Rebels.

“She (Mercil) has such a strong swing and the biggest vertical of anyone on our team,” Tysver said. “She was clutch.”

Mercil and Brenna helped take control at the net for the Rebels as well. Mercil finished with four blocks while Brenna added three. Anderson, Anna Smith and Shania Geiser finished with two blocks each.

“Our blockers were on a lot more than the last time we played them,” Tysver said. “That really helped.”

In the first match up in Perham, the Yellowjackets outlasted the Rebels in five games, winning games four and five.

“We were planning on going five games. In my head, I had us going five games,” Tsyver said. “I’m surprised we finished in three. Perham is an awesome team. Hopefully, we can see them in the section championship game.”

Maria Rutten and Ella Von Ruden led the Perham attack with eight kills each. Gabby DeBoer finished the game with six kills.

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The Rebels stormed out of the gates on senior night, racing out to an 11-4 lead, forcing Perham to call time out.

The time out worked momentarily with the Yellowjackets cutting the lead down to two, 19-17, after kills by DeBoer and Alex Lubitz.

The momentum quickly turned back to the Rebels and they closed out game one on a kill by Anna Smith, 25-20.

The Yellowjackets struggled to get their footing in game two against the Rebels. Jena Jacobson broke a 6-6 tie with a service ace, which started a 10-5 run for the Rebels.

Perham would not get any closer in the second game, with the Rebels running away with a 25-15 win in game two.

Jacobson’s service game loomed large in game three as well. She delivered back-to-back aces, helping the Rebels to an 11-5 lead, forcing the Yellowjackets to call time out.

Perham eventually closed to within four points multiple times, yet could not steal the momentum back. Mercil ended the match with a kill at the net, lifting the Rebels to the 25-20 win in game three.

Jacobson finished with four ace serves for DGF. Smith added four kills as well. Anderson finished with 12 digs, while Sofia Reno added 15 set assists for DGF.

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Amy Scheidecker finished with 28 digs for Perham, while Morgan Byer added 16 set assists.

The Rebels went undefeated in HOL conference games, finishing with a 6-0 record in conference play. They improve their season mark to 19-7 overall.

Perham falls to 23-5 overall on the season, while dropping their only HOL conference match of the year. The Yellowjackets finished conference play with a 5-1 record.

 

DGF def. Perham (25-20, 25-15, 25-20)

DGF-Alyson Brenna 10K, 3B, Shania Geiser 2B; Sofia Reno 1AS, 15 SA; Faith Anderson 7K, 2B, 12D; Frannie Mercil 10K, 4B; Anna Smith 4K, 2B; Jena Jacobson 4AS, 8SA.

PER-Maria Rutten 8K, 14D; Ella Von Ruden 8K; Gabby DeBoer 6K, 19D; Amy Scheidecker 28D; Morgan Byer 16SA; Marina Reese 11SA.

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