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DETROIT LAKES VOLLEYBALL: Laker netters starting to shine

Kaylie Muckenhirn digs to keep a Pequot Lakes hit off the floor Tuesday inside Ralph Anderson Gym.1 / 2
Makenzie Gedrose makes a play on the ball during DL's 3-1 victory over visiting Pequot Lakes Tuesday.2 / 2

A rally in game two for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team set the tone for the eventual win over the visiting Pequot Lakes squad, as the Lakers picked up a Mid-State Conference victory by the score of 3-1.

The Lakers (10-9) were able to turn a 15-10 deficit into an eventual 25-22 victory, as they put together a strong finish.

The win was pivotal after a first set 25-16 triumph, because the Patriots picked up the third set win by the score of 25-19. DL closed out the match with a 25-19 fourth set win.

"We were able to string some points together there in the second set and pull away," said DL head coach Jim Wood. "I'm happy to see that, because earlier in the season, we might not have been able to make that comeback.

"This team is growing in that aspect, they are believing they can win every match."

The Lakers' outside hitters paced them in kills, as seniors Makenzie Gedrose and Kayli Muckenhirn had 13 and 10 kills, respectively.

The outside success shows the effective passing the Lakers have been getting as of late.

"They are passing well and are in mid-season form," Wood said.

"The defensive back row is going after the ball and we are getting help with a lot of soft blocks, which slows the ball down."

Junior right hitter Megan Lindquist came up with a timely kill to end a Patriot rally and pull DL to within 17-16 in set two.

An unforced error on Pequot Lakes (14-8) tied the game, while the Lakers picked up the next six of seven points to garner a 23-19 lead.

The set ended on a Gedrose tip in an open Patriot space.

Pequot Lakes controlled set three by compounding a 21-15 advantage into a 25-19 win.

But the Lakers wouldn't let the match go five sets, as they controlled the fourth one by pulling away with a 17-11 lead.

The Lakers' front line defense was solid, as middle hitters Shay Nielsen and Trisa Hutchinson were able to redirect Patriot hits, while the defense dug out balls to keep it alive.

"Our front row was solid and I have to give Makenzie Gedrose a lot of credit for having a good season after switching from a labero to an outside hitter this year," Wood said.

Junior Emma Wood had 14 assists, while senior Courtney Hedstrom had nine, along with five ace serves.

The Lakers ended last week with a 2-2 showing in the Fergus Falls Tournament Saturday.

The morning match didn't go well, but they followed up with a win over Pelican Rapids, before wrapping up the tourney with a loss.

The Lakers are sitting at 10-9 on the season and look to end strong with games at Moorhead (7-8) Thursday, Staples-Motley (1-14), Hawley (12-5-1) and Perham (7-12).

The game against Fergus Falls Monday, Oct. 17, has been cancelled because DL hit its maximum number of games after the Fergus Falls Tournament.

"This team is better than what their record shows and they are much improved," Wood said.

"I'm proud of how they have come back."

Laker results

Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Lakers 3, Patriots 1

(25-16, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19)

DL stat leaders --  Kills: Makenzie Gedrose 13, Kayli Muckenhirn 10...Assists: Emma Wood 14, Courtney Hedstrom 9...Aces: Hedstrom 5...Blocks: Trisa Hutchinson 3 solo.

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