With four away matches to start the season and a handful of players pulling double duty with the section runners-up tennis team, Perham volleyball players have been road warriors to start the season and are finding success while putting on the miles.
Perham rallied from being down two sets to one to remain undefeated in three matches after defeating Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in Walker 3-2 Thursday night in Walker.
The two teams split 25-22 sets to begin the match, the Wolves taking the first and the Jackets responding in the second set.
W-H-A took control and a 2-1 lead in the third winning 25-20, despite the Yellowjackets recording their best attack percentage per set on the night.
Perham had team-highs in the second and third sets with 14 kills against seven errors.
Perham began their rally winning the fourth 25-22 and in crunch time recorded nine kills in the race to 15 points to seal the match 15-9 in the final set.
Lily DeBoer (19), Stella Raser (15), Willow Thiel (10) combined to record 44 of Perham’s 59 kills on the night. Jaden Hackel added eight, Katie Johnson five and Audrey Portrament had a pair.
Johnson was all over the court making 50 assists.
Sydney Anderson and Stella Raser had three aces each, Johnson two.
Grayce Mickelson led the back row with 31 digs; Anderson (26) DeBoer (23) and Johnson (15) were in double figures.
Hackel and Raser had four block assists at the net.
Perham (3-0) handed the 2-1 Wolves their first loss of the season and are scheduled to finish the season-opening four-game road trip at Barnesville (1-0) Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Barnesville postponed two Heart O’ Lakes Conference games at Frazee and home against Breckenridge that were scheduled for this week.
The Perham game remains live on the Trojans activities calendar for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., as of Friday, Oct. 16.
Perham 3, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 2 (22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 15-9)
Kills: Lily DeBoer 19, Stella Raser 15, Willow Thiel 10, Jaden Hackel 8, Katie Johnson 5, Audrey Portrament 2.
Assists: Johnson 50, Grayce Mickelson 3, Hackel 1.
Aces: Anderson 3, Raser 3, Johnson 2.
Digs: Mickelson 31, Anderson 26, DeBoer 23, Johnson 15, Raser 9, Hackel 3, Thiel 3.
Block Assists: Hackel 4, Raser 4, Thiel 3, Portrament 2, Anderson 1, DeBoer 1, Johnson 1.