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Rutten joins the 1,000 career kill club

Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career. Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior ...

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Perham's Maria Rutten is joined by her teammates after recording her 1,000th career kill in a 3-0 victory over Pelican Rapids. Jason Groth/FOCUS

Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career. Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets to a 3-0 victory over the Pelican Rapids Vikings on Oct. 12. In doing so, Rutten achieved the career milestone of 1,000 kills, finishing the match with 22 kills.
“It feels so great. I’m so thankful that I have such a great team that has helped me achieve my goal,” Rutten said. “I’m really proud of everyone for how they have been playing this season. I’m so thankful for my teammates.” Prior to the game, Rutten didn’t realize how close she was to the career mark. She said that she figured something was up by the way people were reacting. “I didn’t want to let it affect my game,” Rutten said. “I just wanted to play my usual game and it turned out pretty great.” Rutten entered the evening needing 22 kills to join the elusive club. She was able to record the kill on the 24th point of the third game, in a three game sweep of Pelican Rapids. “It was cutting it close. I was glad I got it in my home gymnasium,” Rutten said. “I’m glad it was in our last regular season home game. I’m pretty thankful for that, too.” Perham Head Volleyball Coach Eryn Moser said it’s hard to make the 1,000 kill club, but its event harder on a team like Perham, due to their depth in the front row. “It’s exceptionally hard in Perham because we have such good hitters all around,” Moser said. “She averages about 10 kills a game, because we have so much other power that we can go to. It has deterred her from getting 1,000 with the offense that we run of having three hitters in the front row. For her to get 1,000 kills is quite an accomplishment.” Rutten said she has had some great influences in her volleyball career in Perham that have helped her develop into the player that she has become. She was quick to credit Tina Scheidecker and Miranda Lockhart. “Rutten is our funny man. She is the person who will bring a laugh when our team needs a laugh,” Moser said. “She is the player the girls lean to when things aren’t going our way and need someone to step it up. She has grown into that because of a mentor that she had. Tina Scheidecker was a great mentor for her and showed her what it’s like to be a leader on the team. She has really progressed into that position.” Rutten said the 1,000 kill mark is something that she has been dreaming about forever. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076745","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Celebrate","width":"480"}}]] “I tried to work so hard to achieve that one goal and finally achieved it,” Rutten said. “I have been dreaming about this day for so long. I’m so thankful for the people that support me. I’m so thankful for everyone that helped me achieve my goal.” Moser said that Rutten has grown in the last three seasons with the Yellowjackets. Moser added that she can play anywhere on the floor and has awesome court awareness. Moser reiterated that Rutten is a player she is confident in when she decides to put the ball away. “She has gone from a very timid hitter to one that says I want the ball and I want to put it away in games,” Moser said. “When she first started for me, she was a little mentally weak, but I look at her now, she wants the ball and is getting everyone stoked on the court. She is able to put the ball anywhere.” Moser added it’s not just her ability to put the ball down that has helped Rutten become a solid all-around player for the Yellowjackets. “She has become phenomenal in all areas. She is a good passer and has good control with her pass on serve receive,” Moser said. “She is a phenomenal server. She can serve aggressive, serve short and serve deep. Her hitting, I can tell her anywhere to put it on the court, she can put it there. She has so much versatility when it comes to putting the ball hard on all spots on the court.” Rutten and the Yellowjackets sit at 23-4 overall on the season. They head to Glyndon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship hanging in the balance. “It’s been a fun year with everyone. We have great team chemistry which I’m really thankful for,” Rutten said. “It’s always easier to play with my friends and all my friends are on the team which makes it easier and more fun to play.” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076748","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Rutten","width":"480"}}]]Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career. Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets to a 3-0 victory over the Pelican Rapids Vikings on Oct. 12. In doing so, Rutten achieved the career milestone of 1,000 kills, finishing the match with 22 kills. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076741","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"1,000th kill","width":"480"}}]] “It feels so great. I’m so thankful that I have such a great team that has helped me achieve my goal,” Rutten said. “I’m really proud of everyone for how they have been playing this season. I’m so thankful for my teammates.” Prior to the game, Rutten didn’t realize how close she was to the career mark. She said that she figured something was up by the way people were reacting. “I didn’t want to let it affect my game,” Rutten said. “I just wanted to play my usual game and it turned out pretty great.” Rutten entered the evening needing 22 kills to join the elusive club. She was able to record the kill on the 24th point of the third game, in a three game sweep of Pelican Rapids. “It was cutting it close. I was glad I got it in my home gymnasium,” Rutten said. “I’m glad it was in our last regular season home game. I’m pretty thankful for that, too.” Perham Head Volleyball Coach Eryn Moser said it’s hard to make the 1,000 kill club, but its event harder on a team like Perham, due to their depth in the front row. “It’s exceptionally hard in Perham because we have such good hitters all around,” Moser said. “She averages about 10 kills a game, because we have so much other power that we can go to. It has deterred her from getting 1,000 with the offense that we run of having three hitters in the front row. For her to get 1,000 kills is quite an accomplishment.” Rutten said she has had some great influences in her volleyball career in Perham that have helped her develop into the player that she has become. She was quick to credit Tina Scheidecker and Miranda Lockhart. “Rutten is our funny man. She is the person who will bring a laugh when our team needs a laugh,” Moser said. “She is the player the girls lean to when things aren’t going our way and need someone to step it up. She has grown into that because of a mentor that she had. Tina Scheidecker was a great mentor for her and showed her what it’s like to be a leader on the team. She has really progressed into that position.” Rutten said the 1,000 kill mark is something that she has been dreaming about forever.
“I tried to work so hard to achieve that one goal and finally achieved it,” Rutten said. “I have been dreaming about this day for so long. I’m so thankful for the people that support me. I’m so thankful for everyone that helped me achieve my goal.” Moser said that Rutten has grown in the last three seasons with the Yellowjackets. Moser added that she can play anywhere on the floor and has awesome court awareness. Moser reiterated that Rutten is a player she is confident in when she decides to put the ball away. “She has gone from a very timid hitter to one that says I want the ball and I want to put it away in games,” Moser said. “When she first started for me, she was a little mentally weak, but I look at her now, she wants the ball and is getting everyone stoked on the court. She is able to put the ball anywhere.” Moser added it’s not just her ability to put the ball down that has helped Rutten become a solid all-around player for the Yellowjackets. “She has become phenomenal in all areas. She is a good passer and has good control with her pass on serve receive,” Moser said. “She is a phenomenal server. She can serve aggressive, serve short and serve deep. Her hitting, I can tell her anywhere to put it on the court, she can put it there. She has so much versatility when it comes to putting the ball hard on all spots on the court.” Rutten and the Yellowjackets sit at 23-4 overall on the season. They head to Glyndon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship hanging in the balance. “It’s been a fun year with everyone. We have great team chemistry which I’m really thankful for,” Rutten said. “It’s always easier to play with my friends and all my friends are on the team which makes it easier and more fun to play.” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076748","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Rutten","width":"480"}}]]Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career. Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets to a 3-0 victory over the Pelican Rapids Vikings on Oct. 12. In doing so, Rutten achieved the career milestone of 1,000 kills, finishing the match with 22 kills. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076741","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"1,000th kill","width":"480"}}]] “It feels so great. I’m so thankful that I have such a great team that has helped me achieve my goal,” Rutten said. “I’m really proud of everyone for how they have been playing this season. I’m so thankful for my teammates.” Prior to the game, Rutten didn’t realize how close she was to the career mark. She said that she figured something was up by the way people were reacting. “I didn’t want to let it affect my game,” Rutten said. “I just wanted to play my usual game and it turned out pretty great.” Rutten entered the evening needing 22 kills to join the elusive club. She was able to record the kill on the 24th point of the third game, in a three game sweep of Pelican Rapids. “It was cutting it close. I was glad I got it in my home gymnasium,” Rutten said. “I’m glad it was in our last regular season home game. I’m pretty thankful for that, too.” Perham Head Volleyball Coach Eryn Moser said it’s hard to make the 1,000 kill club, but its event harder on a team like Perham, due to their depth in the front row. “It’s exceptionally hard in Perham because we have such good hitters all around,” Moser said. “She averages about 10 kills a game, because we have so much other power that we can go to. It has deterred her from getting 1,000 with the offense that we run of having three hitters in the front row. For her to get 1,000 kills is quite an accomplishment.” Rutten said she has had some great influences in her volleyball career in Perham that have helped her develop into the player that she has become. She was quick to credit Tina Scheidecker and Miranda Lockhart. “Rutten is our funny man. She is the person who will bring a laugh when our team needs a laugh,” Moser said. “She is the player the girls lean to when things aren’t going our way and need someone to step it up. She has grown into that because of a mentor that she had. Tina Scheidecker was a great mentor for her and showed her what it’s like to be a leader on the team. She has really progressed into that position.” Rutten said the 1,000 kill mark is something that she has been dreaming about forever. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076745","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Celebrate","width":"480"}}]] “I tried to work so hard to achieve that one goal and finally achieved it,” Rutten said. “I have been dreaming about this day for so long. I’m so thankful for the people that support me. I’m so thankful for everyone that helped me achieve my goal.” Moser said that Rutten has grown in the last three seasons with the Yellowjackets. Moser added that she can play anywhere on the floor and has awesome court awareness. Moser reiterated that Rutten is a player she is confident in when she decides to put the ball away. “She has gone from a very timid hitter to one that says I want the ball and I want to put it away in games,” Moser said. “When she first started for me, she was a little mentally weak, but I look at her now, she wants the ball and is getting everyone stoked on the court. She is able to put the ball anywhere.” Moser added it’s not just her ability to put the ball down that has helped Rutten become a solid all-around player for the Yellowjackets. “She has become phenomenal in all areas. She is a good passer and has good control with her pass on serve receive,” Moser said. “She is a phenomenal server. She can serve aggressive, serve short and serve deep. Her hitting, I can tell her anywhere to put it on the court, she can put it there. She has so much versatility when it comes to putting the ball hard on all spots on the court.” Rutten and the Yellowjackets sit at 23-4 overall on the season. They head to Glyndon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship hanging in the balance. “It’s been a fun year with everyone. We have great team chemistry which I’m really thankful for,” Rutten said. “It’s always easier to play with my friends and all my friends are on the team which makes it easier and more fun to play.”
Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career.Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets to a 3-0 victory over the Pelican Rapids Vikings on Oct. 12. In doing so, Rutten achieved the career milestone of 1,000 kills, finishing the match with 22 kills.
“It feels so great. I’m so thankful that I have such a great team that has helped me achieve my goal,” Rutten said. “I’m really proud of everyone for how they have been playing this season. I’m so thankful for my teammates.”Prior to the game, Rutten didn’t realize how close she was to the career mark. She said that she figured something was up by the way people were reacting. “I didn’t want to let it affect my game,” Rutten said. “I just wanted to play my usual game and it turned out pretty great.”Rutten entered the evening needing 22 kills to join the elusive club. She was able to record the kill on the 24th point of the third game, in a three game sweep of Pelican Rapids. “It was cutting it close. I was glad I got it in my home gymnasium,” Rutten said. “I’m glad it was in our last regular season home game. I’m pretty thankful for that, too.”Perham Head Volleyball Coach Eryn Moser said it’s hard to make the 1,000 kill club, but its event harder on a team like Perham, due to their depth in the front row.“It’s exceptionally hard in Perham because we have such good hitters all around,” Moser said. “She averages about 10 kills a game, because we have so much other power that we can go to. It has deterred her from getting 1,000 with the offense that we run of having three hitters in the front row. For her to get 1,000 kills is quite an accomplishment.”Rutten said she has had some great influences in her volleyball career in Perham that have helped her develop into the player that she has become. She was quick to credit Tina Scheidecker and Miranda Lockhart. “Rutten is our funny man. She is the person who will bring a laugh when our team needs a laugh,” Moser said. “She is the player the girls lean to when things aren’t going our way and need someone to step it up. She has grown into that because of a mentor that she had. Tina Scheidecker was a great mentor for her and showed her what it’s like to be a leader on the team. She has really progressed into that position.”Rutten said the 1,000 kill mark is something that she has been dreaming about forever.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076745","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Celebrate","width":"480"}}]]“I tried to work so hard to achieve that one goal and finally achieved it,” Rutten said. “I have been dreaming about this day for so long. I’m so thankful for the people that support me. I’m so thankful for everyone that helped me achieve my goal.”Moser said that Rutten has grown in the last three seasons with the Yellowjackets. Moser added that she can play anywhere on the floor and has awesome court awareness. Moser reiterated that Rutten is a player she is confident in when she decides to put the ball away.“She has gone from a very timid hitter to one that says I want the ball and I want to put it away in games,” Moser said. “When she first started for me, she was a little mentally weak, but I look at her now, she wants the ball and is getting everyone stoked on the court. She is able to put the ball anywhere.”Moser added it’s not just her ability to put the ball down that has helped Rutten become a solid all-around player for the Yellowjackets. “She has become phenomenal in all areas. She is a good passer and has good control with her pass on serve receive,” Moser said. “She is a phenomenal server. She can serve aggressive, serve short and serve deep. Her hitting, I can tell her anywhere to put it on the court, she can put it there. She has so much versatility when it comes to putting the ball hard on all spots on the court.”Rutten and the Yellowjackets sit at 23-4 overall on the season. They head to Glyndon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship hanging in the balance. “It’s been a fun year with everyone. We have great team chemistry which I’m really thankful for,” Rutten said. “It’s always easier to play with my friends and all my friends are on the team which makes it easier and more fun to play.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076748","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Rutten","width":"480"}}]]Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career.Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets to a 3-0 victory over the Pelican Rapids Vikings on Oct. 12. In doing so, Rutten achieved the career milestone of 1,000 kills, finishing the match with 22 kills.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076741","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"1,000th kill","width":"480"}}]]“It feels so great. I’m so thankful that I have such a great team that has helped me achieve my goal,” Rutten said. “I’m really proud of everyone for how they have been playing this season. I’m so thankful for my teammates.”Prior to the game, Rutten didn’t realize how close she was to the career mark. She said that she figured something was up by the way people were reacting. “I didn’t want to let it affect my game,” Rutten said. “I just wanted to play my usual game and it turned out pretty great.”Rutten entered the evening needing 22 kills to join the elusive club. She was able to record the kill on the 24th point of the third game, in a three game sweep of Pelican Rapids. “It was cutting it close. I was glad I got it in my home gymnasium,” Rutten said. “I’m glad it was in our last regular season home game. I’m pretty thankful for that, too.”Perham Head Volleyball Coach Eryn Moser said it’s hard to make the 1,000 kill club, but its event harder on a team like Perham, due to their depth in the front row.“It’s exceptionally hard in Perham because we have such good hitters all around,” Moser said. “She averages about 10 kills a game, because we have so much other power that we can go to. It has deterred her from getting 1,000 with the offense that we run of having three hitters in the front row. For her to get 1,000 kills is quite an accomplishment.”Rutten said she has had some great influences in her volleyball career in Perham that have helped her develop into the player that she has become. She was quick to credit Tina Scheidecker and Miranda Lockhart. “Rutten is our funny man. She is the person who will bring a laugh when our team needs a laugh,” Moser said. “She is the player the girls lean to when things aren’t going our way and need someone to step it up. She has grown into that because of a mentor that she had. Tina Scheidecker was a great mentor for her and showed her what it’s like to be a leader on the team. She has really progressed into that position.”Rutten said the 1,000 kill mark is something that she has been dreaming about forever.
“I tried to work so hard to achieve that one goal and finally achieved it,” Rutten said. “I have been dreaming about this day for so long. I’m so thankful for the people that support me. I’m so thankful for everyone that helped me achieve my goal.”Moser said that Rutten has grown in the last three seasons with the Yellowjackets. Moser added that she can play anywhere on the floor and has awesome court awareness. Moser reiterated that Rutten is a player she is confident in when she decides to put the ball away.“She has gone from a very timid hitter to one that says I want the ball and I want to put it away in games,” Moser said. “When she first started for me, she was a little mentally weak, but I look at her now, she wants the ball and is getting everyone stoked on the court. She is able to put the ball anywhere.”Moser added it’s not just her ability to put the ball down that has helped Rutten become a solid all-around player for the Yellowjackets. “She has become phenomenal in all areas. She is a good passer and has good control with her pass on serve receive,” Moser said. “She is a phenomenal server. She can serve aggressive, serve short and serve deep. Her hitting, I can tell her anywhere to put it on the court, she can put it there. She has so much versatility when it comes to putting the ball hard on all spots on the court.”Rutten and the Yellowjackets sit at 23-4 overall on the season. They head to Glyndon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship hanging in the balance. “It’s been a fun year with everyone. We have great team chemistry which I’m really thankful for,” Rutten said. “It’s always easier to play with my friends and all my friends are on the team which makes it easier and more fun to play.”[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076748","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Rutten","width":"480"}}]]Perham-Perham senior Maria Rutten has been a mainstay for the Yellowjacket volleyball team throughout her high school career.Whenever Perham needs a key point or a momentum swing, the Yellowjackets usually look to No. 9 on the floor. The senior played a key role in helping the Yellowjackets to a 3-0 victory over the Pelican Rapids Vikings on Oct. 12. In doing so, Rutten achieved the career milestone of 1,000 kills, finishing the match with 22 kills.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076741","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"1,000th kill","width":"480"}}]]“It feels so great. I’m so thankful that I have such a great team that has helped me achieve my goal,” Rutten said. “I’m really proud of everyone for how they have been playing this season. I’m so thankful for my teammates.”Prior to the game, Rutten didn’t realize how close she was to the career mark. She said that she figured something was up by the way people were reacting. “I didn’t want to let it affect my game,” Rutten said. “I just wanted to play my usual game and it turned out pretty great.”Rutten entered the evening needing 22 kills to join the elusive club. She was able to record the kill on the 24th point of the third game, in a three game sweep of Pelican Rapids. “It was cutting it close. I was glad I got it in my home gymnasium,” Rutten said. “I’m glad it was in our last regular season home game. I’m pretty thankful for that, too.”Perham Head Volleyball Coach Eryn Moser said it’s hard to make the 1,000 kill club, but its event harder on a team like Perham, due to their depth in the front row.“It’s exceptionally hard in Perham because we have such good hitters all around,” Moser said. “She averages about 10 kills a game, because we have so much other power that we can go to. It has deterred her from getting 1,000 with the offense that we run of having three hitters in the front row. For her to get 1,000 kills is quite an accomplishment.”Rutten said she has had some great influences in her volleyball career in Perham that have helped her develop into the player that she has become. She was quick to credit Tina Scheidecker and Miranda Lockhart. “Rutten is our funny man. She is the person who will bring a laugh when our team needs a laugh,” Moser said. “She is the player the girls lean to when things aren’t going our way and need someone to step it up. She has grown into that because of a mentor that she had. Tina Scheidecker was a great mentor for her and showed her what it’s like to be a leader on the team. She has really progressed into that position.”Rutten said the 1,000 kill mark is something that she has been dreaming about forever.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2076745","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"Celebrate","width":"480"}}]]“I tried to work so hard to achieve that one goal and finally achieved it,” Rutten said. “I have been dreaming about this day for so long. I’m so thankful for the people that support me. I’m so thankful for everyone that helped me achieve my goal.”Moser said that Rutten has grown in the last three seasons with the Yellowjackets. Moser added that she can play anywhere on the floor and has awesome court awareness. Moser reiterated that Rutten is a player she is confident in when she decides to put the ball away.“She has gone from a very timid hitter to one that says I want the ball and I want to put it away in games,” Moser said. “When she first started for me, she was a little mentally weak, but I look at her now, she wants the ball and is getting everyone stoked on the court. She is able to put the ball anywhere.”Moser added it’s not just her ability to put the ball down that has helped Rutten become a solid all-around player for the Yellowjackets. “She has become phenomenal in all areas. She is a good passer and has good control with her pass on serve receive,” Moser said. “She is a phenomenal server. She can serve aggressive, serve short and serve deep. Her hitting, I can tell her anywhere to put it on the court, she can put it there. She has so much versatility when it comes to putting the ball hard on all spots on the court.”Rutten and the Yellowjackets sit at 23-4 overall on the season. They head to Glyndon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to take on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels with the Heart O’Lakes Conference Championship hanging in the balance. “It’s been a fun year with everyone. We have great team chemistry which I’m really thankful for,” Rutten said. “It’s always easier to play with my friends and all my friends are on the team which makes it easier and more fun to play.”

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