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LP-A Volleyball - Mighty rally leads to victory

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Another big rally was recorded by the Lake Park-Audubon volleyball team, as they erased a 2-0 deficit to eventually win 3-2 Thursday against Norman County East.

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It took two games for the Raiders to settle in and play the kind of ball they wanted to, as they overcame a pair of 25-21 and 26-24 defeats, to win the final three games by the scores of 25-18, 26-24 and 15-12.

"After the second game, the girls came in before the third one and made a commitment to each other to not give up," said LP-A head coach Mike Summers. "We had timing issues with our blocks in the first two games and we straightened those out and blocked lights out in the final three."

Junior middle hitter Becca Schermer had three solo and one assisted blocks, while junior outside hitter Bailee Bartunek added two solo blocks.

The Raider defense stiffened, especially in the third game, where LP-A controlled most of the game.

Schermer led the attack with 16 kills, with Bartunek adding 11 and senior Carissa Raaen nine.

The Raiders, now 9-12, have three games left, which include home against Climax/Fisher (5-11-3) Tuesday, when the team will play the first game in the new gym and Thursday at Waubun (0-14).

The regular season finale will be Tuesday, Oct. 16, at home against Bagley (1-16).

"We have a chance to win our final three games, which would put us at .500 and give us a better section seed," Summers said.

Win-E-Mac posts sweep of Raiders

The Lake Park-Audubon volleyball team had their hands full against the Class 1A No. 7 ranked Win-E-Mac squad, as the Patriots swept the Raiders 3-0 Tuesday.

The Patriots, which now boast a 19-2 record, had to earn each of games one and two, though, as the Raiders built a couple of different leads throughout both.

But Win-E-Mac prevailed in each 25-18 and 25-17, while taking the third 25-9.

"We did walk out of there happy, because we were able to play with a team like Win-E-Mac," said LP-A head coach Mike Summers. "When you lose and you learn something from it, it's not as bad."

Junior Bailee Bartunek led the Raiders with five kills, followed by senior Carissa Raaen and Emma Ulmer, who each had four.

The Raiders (8-12) also lost to Frazee Monday 3-0.

LP-A currently sits as the section's sixth seed, but a couple of wins in the next week can boost them as far as to fourth.

"It will be good to see improvement in our last four matches and be ready for the playoffs," Summers added.

Raider results

Norman County East at Lake Park-Audubon, Thursday, Oct. 4.

Raiders 3, NCE 2

(21-25, 24-26, 25-18, 26-24, 15-12)

LP-A stat leaders -- Aces: Sarah Swenson 4, Emma Ulmer 2, Emily Sunram 2...Kills: Becca Schermer 16, Bailee Bartunek 11, Carissa Raaen 9...Assists: Rilee Burnside 20, Ulmer 15...Digs: Nelson 18, Bartunek 16, Sunram 8, Ulmer 8...Blocks: Schermer 3 solo, 1 assist; Breann Hogie 1 solo, 3 assist; Bartunek 2 solo; Raaen 1 solo, 3 assist.

Lake Park-Audubon at Win-E-Mac, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Patriots 3, Raiders 0

(25-18, 25-17, 25-9)

LP-A stat leaders -- Serving: Bailee Bartunek 2 aces, Cheyanne Nelson 1, Taylor Todd 1...Kills: Bartunek 5, Carissa Raaen 4, Emma Ulmer 4...Blocking: Bartunek 1 solo, Becca Schermer 3 solo...Setting: Rilee Burnside 9 assists; Ulmer 3 assists...Digs: Bartunek 9, Nelson 7, Ulmer 10.

(Follow Brian Wierima on Twitter at DLSportsGuy.)

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Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN. 
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