Yellowjackets get first win in new gym

The Perham Yellowjackets were able to let out a huge sigh of relief after capturing their first win of the season and their first win in their new home when they defeated Detroit Lakes 13-25, 25-23, 25-17, 30-28 to improve to 1-2 on the new volle...

Perham's Bradlynn Gniffke tips it past the Detroit Lakes block of Laura Prussia during Perham's 3-1 victory over Detroit Lakes. Jason Groth/FOCUS

The Perham Yellowjackets were able to let out a huge sigh of relief after capturing their first win of the season and their first win in their new home when they defeated Detroit Lakes 13-25, 25-23, 25-17, 30-28 to improve to 1-2 on the new volleyball season.

The Yellowjackets were playing timid in the first set of the four, finally let out some aggression in the second and third sets on Detroit Lakes. The Yellowjackets spread the ball throughout the floor. One of the main things for the execution on the floor was trust, according to Perham head coach Eryn Moser.

Perham's Gracie DeBoer tips it past the Detroit Lakes' block.

“The girls had to trust each other coming in,” Moser said. “We had to trust the level of play that we knew we could do. Once they figured that out and they understood the game plan, executed the game plan and trusted the game plan, then things came together.”


Rachel Muer led the attack with 11 kills, while Laura Alstadt, Lily DeBoer and Bradlynn Gniffke finished with nine kills each. Gracie DeBoer added eight kills and Stella Raser came in with six kills. Moser said her setters started finding the hot hand throughout the final three sets.

Perham's Stella Raser wins the battle at the net against Detroit Lakes.

“Our girls started recognizing key hitters on our side. We have talked about this in practice that we have a habit of going to one place too many times and we become very transparent,” Moser said. “We talked about recognizing when hitters were on and going to those hitters. Our setters did a good job of recognizing who was getting our kills and recognizing it more often.”

Allie King finished with 29 set assists while Lily DeBoer added 20. Lisa Meader helped changed the Perham momentum in the second set. She keyed a 6-0 run at the service line, helping Perham build up an early lead. She dropped in three ace serves during the run. However, Detroit Lakes responded with a run of its own, but Perham responded by stretching the lead back to five at 24-19. However, a mini Laker run gave the hometown faithful some nerves, but Perham closed out the second set 25-23.

Perham closed the third set out emphatically. Back-to-back kills by Raser and one by Gniffke gave the Yellowjackets the momentum. Perham rattled off 10 of the final 12 points for the win.

The fourth set was a marathon with neither team taking control. Both team’s had multiple opportunities to close out the third set, but it was Perham capitalizing late for the final two points, earning the 30-28 win.


Perham's Rachel Muer goes for the block at the net.

The Lakers received a strong performance from Teeya Doppler. The strong hitting outside hitter finished with 21 kills. The Yellowjackets knew she would get her kills, but the key was getting side-outs to get her into the back row.

“We said if we control our side of the court on serve-receive, we give her three or four kills a rotation and she goes back row,” Moser said. “We knew she is going to have them (kills), if we can control our side and side-out every time they get the serve, we get her in the back row a heckuva a lot quicker. We did a good job of executing that tonight.”

The Yellowjackets now travel to Marshall to take part in the Southwest Minnesota Challenge on Friday and Saturday. The Yellowjackets open with Minneota in the first round, who is ranked No. 2 in the most recent Class A coaches poll.


Perham def. Detroit Lakes (13-25, 25-23, 25-17, 30-28)

DL:Anna Cihak 10K, 11D; Teeya Doppler 21K, 2AS, 10D; Jocelyn Patnaude 9K, 2D; Laura Prussia 2K, 2D; Autum Kulik 7D; Courtnee Ziegler 1K, 20SA, 7D; Gabby Fredrickson 2K; Breanna Price 10K 3D; Maren Daggett 29SA.

PER: Allie King 29SA, 1AS, 12D; Laura Alstadt 9K, 1AS, 14D; Gracie DeBoer 8K, 2D; Lily DeBeor 9K, 20SA, 1AS, 2D; Rachel Muer 11K, 16D; Bradlynn Gniffke 9K, 1AS, 6D; Lisa Meader 5AS, 2SA, 24D; Stella Raser 6K, 2D.


The Yellowjackets celebrate their first win of the season and first win on their new home floor when they defeated Detroit Lakes 3-1. Jason Groth/FOCUS

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