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Lakers sweep, then get swept in girls' volleyball

After a solid win against the Lady Hornets in Frazee Tuesday night, the Detroit Lakes volleyball team had a tougher time of it Thursday at Wadena-Deer Creek, as the Lakers got swept by the Wolverines despite putting up a strong fight in all three games, losing 25-18, 25-19 and 25-22.

"The girls played the hardest I've seen them play all season," said head coach Beth Leighton. "Our assistant coach, Carl Oberholtzer put it best when talking to the team after the match: 'It was a fun match to watch, I know you had fun playing, but the outcome wasn't fun.'

"Abby (Hoganson) had her best night, delivering great outside sets, and Morgan Lof dominated the net with 6 solo and 6 assisted blocks," the coach continued. "Our outsides did a great job of going line, Dani (Labine) had some fantastic digs and the list could go on and on about each player going out and doing their job.

"We took a step forward this week in reaching a goal, the goal of keeping a high intensity throughout a match. The team should be very proud of what they've accomplished so far and excited for what the next couple of weeks hold."

Setters Hoganson and Rachel Shane were credited with 13 and 8 assists, respectively, while Labine, in addition to finishing 12 for 17 in digs, also had a great night at the serving line, going 9 for 9 with two aces.

Robin Hutchinson was also perfect at the serving line, 9-for-9 with an ace, and was credited with six kills on the night. Alycia Heisler also finished with six kills.

The post-game mood was much happier Tuesday night in Frazee, as the Lakers defeated the Hornets 25-14, 25-16 and 25-18.

"The team did a good job controlling the tempo of the match," Leighton said. "They looked for ways to keep the momentum on their side of the net. I was impressed with our aggressive serving, the setters did a great job of helping the hitters to be successful, and our middles did a nice job blocking."

Setters Shane and Hoganson had a solid night, with 12 and 11 assists, respectively.

Emily Lindquist was flawless from the serving line, going 8 for 8 with three aces, while Heisler, Hutchinson and Morgan Lof had another great night on offense as well. Hutchinson led the way with 7 kills, followed closely by Heisler with 6 and Lof with 6. Labine also went 16-17 in digs.

On the defensive side of the net, Lof finished with 4 block assists, while Heisler had 2.

The Lakers also had a "very good day" at the Hawley Tournament on Saturday, finishing second. After winning matches against Park Christian, Menahga and Hawley, the Lakers fell to Ada-Borup in the championship.

"They kept the intensity level pretty consistent the whole day," said Leighton. "It was a fun match-up with Hawley. The kids were down in game one, but kept their composure and battled until the end.

"Ada-Borup is a great team. We contained their main hitter in game one, but she's good for a reason and found ways to go around us and score points."

Labine had a good day serving, finishing 21-for 24 with 9 aces.

Hoganson went 20-for-22 with six aces, and also finished with 41 assists as a setter.

Shane was credited with 32 assists for the tournament.

On defense, Heisler had 8 block assists, while Lof finished with 6 block assists.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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