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Volleyball - Frazee takes Highway 10 contest

Megan Ostlie plays a volley Tuesday in Frazee. Photo by - Brian Basham

It was a busy four days for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team, after they went 1-3 in the Hawley Tournament Saturday, then rebounded with a nice win over Perham Monday, but fell short in Frazee Tuesday 3-1.

The bevy of games leaves the Lakers with a record of 4-8, as they have now passed the halfway point of the regular season.

The Lakers concentrated on their passing in their 3-1 road win in Perham Monday, as serving was strong with only four service errors all night.

The Lakers rebounded from a 25-17 first game loss with three straight victories of 27-25, 25-21 and 25-17.

"Our main objective was to pass better than we have been in recent games, so we could utilize our two middle hitters with a quick offense," said DL head coach Jim Wood. "As soon as we can establish them as a very big threat, it makes life easier for our rights and outsides. It took until game two for our passing to come around, which in turn brought our whole game to another level."

Jenna Field prospered with the strong passing and setting, as she led the Lakers with 10 kills, followed by middle hitter Shay Nielsen with seven. Trisa Hutchinson had six kills, while Megan Ostlie put in five and Megan Lindquist four.

Serving wasn't only accurate, but also offensive. Senior Marissa Bridgeman had a key five aces, while senior Emma Wood and Nielsen each recorded four.

The defense also played a crucial part, with Field and Ostlie churning up 14 and eight digs, respectively.

The Hornets were too tough in their own gym Tuesday, as they recovered from a Laker 26-24 win in the first game to sweep the rest by the scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 29-27.

Frazee's Alexis Tappe led the way with 23 kills, while Whitney Janu added 11.

Janu also was tough at the net with eight blocks, while Taylor Tappe and Jessica Reishus had 10 digs each.

DL started Saturday's Hawley Tournament well, beating the host team 2-1, but then dropped their next three to Barnesville 2-0, Park Christian 2-1 and Ada-Borup 2-0.

The Lakers will be in Crosby-Ironton Thursday for a Mid-State Conference matchup, while Frazee will host Barnesville Thursday for a Heart O'Lakes Conference clash.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Frazee, Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Hornets 3, Lakers 1

(24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 29-27)

Frazee stats: Kills: Alexis Tappe 23, Whitney Janu 11, Kennady Barlund 3, Ashley Bachmann 2, Josi Tappe 2, Maddie Oswald 1...Blocks: Janu 8, A. Tappe 3, J. Tappe 1...Aces: Bachmann 7, Barlund 5, Janu 3, A. Tappe 3...Assists: Jessica Reishus 16, Oswald 10, J. Tappe 3, Grace Lacey 1, Barlund 1...Digs: Taylor Tappe 10, Reishus 10, A. Tappe 9, Barlund 7, Oswald 4, Lacey 4, Hailee Oswald 3, Janu 3, J. Tappe 3, Bachmann 2.

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Monday, Sept. 17.

Lakers 3, Yellowjackets 1

(17-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-17)

DL stat leaders -- Kills: Jenna Field 10, Shay Nielsen 7, Trisa Hutchinson 6, Megan Ostlie 5, Megan Lindquist 4...Aces: Marissa Bridgeman 5, Emma Wood 4, Nielsen 4, Field 3, Ostlie 2...Digs: Field 14, Ostlie 8, Sophie Wood 9...Assists: E. Wood 20, Bridgeman 12.

Detroit Lakes at Hawley Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 15.

Lakers 2, Hawley 1

(21-25, 25-21, 15-13)

Barnesville 2, Lakers 0

(25-19, 25-8)

Park Christian 2, Lakers 1

(25-15, 22-25, 15-13)

Ada-Borup 2, Lakers 0

(25-13, 25-12)

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