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Laker Volleyball - DL netters play well, but lose to Hawley

Some untimely and late errors cost the Detroit Lakes volleyball team's match against visiting Hawley Thursday, as the Nuggets left with a 3-0 victory.

The Lakers (7-14-2) played well early in each match, but lost the trio by the scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-13.

"Our go-to outside hitters, Jenna Field and Megan Ostlie, each played strong against Hawley's 6-2 right side attacker, who really only got around the girls a few times," said DL head coach Jim Wood. "Julia Taylor has turned things on near the end of the season with a much more aggressive playing style, doing a good job blocking and hitting very strongly."

The DL coach made several changes to see what some of his younger players can do and the moves worked out well.

"We moved setter Emma Wood to libero and it has really given us a chance to see two younger setters (Sierra Braukman and Katie Larson) work with the varsity hitters," Wood said. "They have both played very well, as has Emma in the libero position, her ball control being very steady.

"Marissa Bridgeman has continued to do a great job setting, as well as improving her defensive game. Megan Lindquist had somewhat of a breakout night with some very good hitting and consistent blocking, if she continues like that her future games will be fun to watch."

The Lakers will close out against Moorhead (10-11) at home Monday, Oct. 22, starting at 7:30 p.m.

"These girls may be on a few game losing streak, but if they put all these weapons together fluidly, they should finish the season on a much brighter note," Wood added.

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