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Detroit Lakes volleyball breaks 15-game losing streak to Perham to finish 11-9

Lakers Ashlyn Jasken (9) and Kayli Muckenhirn (11) celebrate winning a point against Perham Thursday night. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

The clicking you hear is all the pieces coming together for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team.

The last piece came sliding in Thursday inside Ralph Anderson Gym, as the Lakers swept rival Perham -- to snap a 15-match losing streak to the Yellowjackets -- by the scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17.

The Lakers' last two victories have come against teams they have traditionally struggled against, Fergus Falls and Perham -- but more importantly, they are section opponents as well.

DL (11-9) is on the bubble of gaining a top four seed for the playoffs, which would ensure a first-round home game.

But regardless, with the four-game winning streak the Lakers are on heading into the section tournament, they could be playing well above their seed ranking.

"Number one, ending like we have validates all the hard work the girls have put in all season," said DL head coach Beth Leighton. "It has given the girls confidence and I told them, it's OK to have some swagger.

"I'm so proud of the kids that they trusted what we, the coaches staff, told them. They just got better throughout the season."

The Lakers had to contend with a pair of Moenkedick's -- Katrina and Elisa -- on the front line, but DL employed a well-spread out net attack to keep the Yellowjackets at bay.

All three games were close up to the midway point, where the Lakers found a rally or two to separate them enough to move in for the victory, and the eventual sweep.

"The girls didn't do anything different throughout their games, but they didn't drop any intensity," Leighton said. "Perham maybe had a four or five serving series in the second game, but nothing consistent after that."

The Lakers broke a 21-21 tie in game one, starting with an Ashlyn Jasken back row kill, followed by a Perham out of bounds hit.

A lift violation gave DL the game-point serve, but the Yellowjackets made a late push, before falling 25-23.

Game two saw the Lakers sprint out to a 17-12 lead, before winning 25-20.

The Lakers broke a 17-17 tie in the decisive game three, with Mackenzie Gedrose serving seven straight points for the 25-17 victory.

"Our serve-receive was very consistent and we handled their jump serves well," Leighton said. "All of our hitters were running their routes well and our non-hitters were holding their blocks to free up the hitter."

Katrina Moenkedick finished with 12 kills, while the Lakers were led by Jasken's 14, and Carrie Sorensen added 10.

Sorensen also led the team defensively, with three solo and four assisted blocks.

Rachel Shane finished with 38 assists, while going 12-12 with an ace from the service line.

The Lakers will await the seeding process Monday to see where they play for the opening round of the playoffs.

Laker results

Perham at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Oct. 22.

Lakers 3, Yellowjackets 0

(25-23, 25-20, 25-17)

DL stat leaders -- Kills: Ashlyn Jasken 14, Carrie Sorensen 10, Kayli Muckenhirn 5...Blocks: Sorensen 3 solo, 4 assisted...Digs: Mackenzie Gedrose 9-11; Bethany Stoltenburg 8-10...Setting: Rachel Shane 38 assists...Serving: Shane 12-12, 1 ace; Gedrose 11-11, 1 ace.