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DGF recovers to knock Lakers off 3-1 at home

The start to the Detroit Lakes volleyball team's season opener was positive from the get-go.

It was just that the middle and ending that wasn't all that pleasing.

The Lakers lost their season and home opener to visiting Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Tuesday 3-1, after jumping on the Rebels in game one with a 25-22 win.

But DGF used a game-turning second match to turn the tide, winning 25-18, and proceeded to control the court in the form of two more victories of 25-14 and 25-19.

DL stumbled out of the blocks early, falling down 4-1, but recovered nicely with a 6-0 run to gain control 7-4.

The Laker front of junior Kayli Muckenhirn and senior middle hitter Savannah Fritz put back-to-back kills together to nab momentum.

Another big 6-0 rally with Fritz serving expanded DL's lead to 17-9, as the Lakers fought off a Rebel rally of their own, which cut the margin to 19-18.

The Rebels made the game close at 22-19, but a couple of unforced DGF errors put DL up 24-19, as an out of bounds hit by the visitors gave the Lakers a 25-22 victory.

But the Rebels came out in game two with a bevy of strong quick kills down the middle of the Laker defense, as they built a 14-8 advantage and didn't allow the Lakers to within three points in a 25-18 triumph, to knot the match at 1-1.

Game three saw DL bolt to a 6-1 lead, but that quickly was erased with a 7-7 tie, as the Rebels pulled away for a 16-10 margin to win 25-14.

The Lakers kept the fourth game close, but DGF used a rally midway through to go up 17-12, as DL couldn't come to within five points the rest of the way in the decisive 25-19 loss.

Kaylee Pender of DGF had a team-high nine kills in the win, while Kim Brinkman had 25 digs.

Stats for Detroit Lakes were not available.

The Lakers (0-1) will travel to Bemidji Thursday for a 7:15 p.m. start, and will host Perham Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Laker results

Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Rebels 3, Lakers 1

(22-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-19)'

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