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Perham notches sweep on Lakers

Setter Courtney Hedstrom makes a dig for the ball during DL's home game against Perham Tuesday.

There were positive signs in Detroit Lakes' 3-0 loss to visiting Perham Tuesday and that was just overall improvement.

The Yellowjackets won the first three sets by the scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-21 to keep the Lakers winless at 0-3.

But the play by the DL squad has progressed from their first two losses of the season, said Laker head coach Jim Wood.

"Our blocking was better, after struggling there the first two games," Wood said. "We were able to direct their shots where we wanted them to go, we just were not able to finish it off."

Wood also said the serve-receive and serving as a whole was markedly better.

"We brought our serving percentage way up and the passing improved, as well," Wood added.

But the Lakers still had a hard time containing the powerful front line of Perham.

The Yellowjackets won the longer points and were able to put together longer lasting rallies to separate themselves from DL on the scoreboard.

The Lakers had a couple of strong starts in games two and three, building leads of 7-3 and 10-6, but in each case, the Yellowjackets were able to mount tide-turning rallies.

"We're just not finishing the big plays," Wood said. "Perham was a scrappy team and kept us on our heels all night."

The Yellowjacket hitters of Katrina Moenkedick, Lexy Karvonen and Katie Herrmann were able to find the open spaces on the Laker defense on a consistent basis, thus making it difficult for DL to put big runs together.

The Lakers will look for their first win Thursday -- albeit a difficult task -- when they host No. 1 ranked Wadena-Deer Creek, starting at 7 p.m.

Laker results

Perham at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Yellowjackets 3, Lakers 0

(25-18, 25-16, 25-21)

DL stat leaders -- Serving: Carrie Sorensen 3 aces...Blocks: Sorensen 1 solo, 1 assisted; Jen Matter 1 solo...Kills: Matter 7, Sorensen 5, Kayli Muckenhirn 5...Setting: Rachel Shane 15 assists, Courtney Hedstrom 6.

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