Perham downed by Frazee in HOL Clash

Perham's Katie Zepper leaps up for the attack and tries to get it past the block attempt of Frazee's Ellie Reierson during Frazee's 3-0 victory over Perham. Jason Groth/FOCUS

A pair of local rivals squared off, while raising money for a pair of local charities on Sept. 12 in Frazee when the Hornets and the Yellowjackets clashed in a Heart O'Lakes Conference volleyball game in Frazee.

The Hornets came out victorious, earning a 26-24, 25-23 and 25-19 victory over the Yellowjackets. An overflow crowd at the Frazee High School gymnasium helped raise money and awareness for the Brave Like Gabe Foundation in honor of Perham's Gabriele Grunewald and the Stand By Me Foundation which was started by the family of Vincent Helmers, who is battling brain cancer. Both Perham volleyball head coach Eryn Moser and Frazee volleyball head coach Tavia Bachmann gave passionate speeches prior to the game about the causes that both teams were playing for.

The Hornets came out energized in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Frazee. Frazee built up a 19-15 lead, but Perham rallied back to tie the game at 22. However, Frazee's Talia Gabrielson prevented Perham from taking the lead with a kill. Perham quickly tied it on a kill by Lily DeBoer to make it 23-23. Frazee answered with a kill by Jaryn Johannsen, but Stella Raser tied the match at 24. Frazee capitalized on a Perham service error and closed out for a 26-24 win in game one.

The second game was back-and-forth again, but Perham could not get on the run they needed to seal the win. Perham fell behind 9-4 behind a service run from Johannsen. Frazee gained the momentum and took a 12-8 lead and turned it into a 20-12 lead in the second game. However, Perham went on a late run. The Yellowjackets eventually closed the gap to one at 21-20, 22-21 and 23-22. Yet, it was Frazee who was able to close it out for the 25-23 win.

Frazee erased an early deficit in the third game as Perham led 13-11, but the Hornets went on a run, turning a 15-14 deficit into a 19-16 lead late. Frazee seized the momentum and closed out with a 25-19 win. Madi Starry played a key role in the third set for Frazee with several timely kills, helping the Hornets keep the momentum.


DeBoer finished with 12 kills for Perham, while Stella Raser ended with nine. Katie Zepper finished with four for Perham, who played their second straight game since losing Willow Thiel to an injury. The Yellowjackets were defeated by Hawley in four games on Sept. 10. Katie Johnson finished with 16 set assists, while DeBoer added 11. Grayce Mickelson finished with 30 digs, while Sydney Anderson finished with 12.

The Hornets improved their season mark to 2-3 overall, while the Yellowjackets drop to 2-7 on the season.

Frazee def. Perham (26-24, 25-23, 25-19)
PER-Katie Johnson, 16SA, 3D; Katie Zepper 4K, 1SA, 1AS, 6D; Kaylie Kirchenwitz 3K, 1D; Lily DeBoer 12K, 11SA, 8D; Sydney Anderson 2K, 12D; Stella Raser 9K, 1AS, 4D; Grayce Mickelson 1SA, 3AS, 30D; Emma Daniels 2K; Lily Lorenson 5D.

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