Laker spikers are triumphant over Thief River Falls
It took one game to shake the cobwebs from a two-hour bus trip to Thief River Falls for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team, which proceeded to win the next three for the 3-1 victory Thursday.
Aggressive serving -- led by senior Ashlyn Jasken's eight aces -- keyed the win over their section opponent by the scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-18 after losing game one 26-24.
"We're are relying more on our aggressive serving and (assistant coach) Mike Summers did a good job calling where the serves should go (Thursday)," said DL head coach Beth Leighton. "The girls did a great job serving aggressive and were quite specific where they were landing their serves."
Setter Rachel Shane also had 40 assists, with a host of other Lakers picking up five or more assists in the match.
But the biggest aspect which propelled the Lakers to victory was their depth.
"We saw how good our depth was on the team," Leighton said. "We brought in each of Melody Peterson and Courtney Hedstrom in to serve and play left backer and they would get us two points each time through their rotation.
"Karli Kerzman was serving well in game four. It was just another step for us as a team."
In game two, Shane and Sorensen were connecting well to key the 25-18 win, while the Lakers bolted out to a 5-0 lead in the decisive fourth game.
"The back row was getting the ball to Rachel and she had a consistent set," Leighton said. "The confidence is growing on this team now."
The Lakers (9-9) will play their final two games at home, with Fergus Falls (6-13) coming in Monday and Perham (8-8) Thursday.
Detroit Lakes at Thief River Falls, Thursday, Oct. 15
Lakers 3, Prowlers 1
(24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18)
DL stat leaders -- Setting: Rachel Shane 40 assists...Kills: Ashlyn Jasken 10, Carrie Sorensen 15...Digs: Makenzie Gedrose 10-12...Serving: Jasken 23-25, 8 aces...Blocks: Sorensen 5 solo, 6 assisted.