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Volleyball: Lakers start 1-2 on season

DL’s Jenna Field (14) finds an opening on the Perham net Tuesday. BOB WILLIAMS/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

The start of Tuesday’s game in Perham went according to plan for the Detroit Lakes volleyball team, but then they lost their hold on the match and ultimately lost 3-1 to the Yellowjackets.

The Lakers (1-2) were able to control the first game and win 25-22, but Perham struck back with a 25-11 win in the second, then followed it up with a 25-14 victory and a 25-21 win to seal the match.

“We came out strong and aggressive and controlled game one just like we planned to, with aggressive attacking and blocking,” said DL head coach Jim Wood. “The girls had great communication and kept the level of excitement high.

“Shay Nielsen once again had a strong first game to help out with the win, with Sierra Braukmann delivering some great sets. Jenna Field and Sophie Wood were a strong part of the offense, finishing points on the outside. This group of girls can really be fun to watch when our passing is on target and we can run our offense.”

But the momentum vanished, as the Yellowjackets were able to pounce on the Lakers 10-0 in game two, en route to a 25-11 win.

The Lakers couldn’t regain their first-game form and dropped the final two games, as well.

“In game two we made receiving their serve look very, very difficult and we just never climbed out of that hole we dug,” Wood said. “We need to do a little work on our defensive coverages, which struggled some and cost us too many points in the last three games.

“We made an exciting run near the end of game four, but didn’t quite push hard enough to win and force game five.”

Jenna Field led DL’s attack with 10 kills, while Braukmann had 27 assists.

Nielsen added five blocks, while Hanna Gedrose and Field each had six digs.

The Lakers did pick up their first win of the season in their home opener against Bemidji, winning in straight games by the scores of 27-25, 25-21 and 25-23.

The win was a nice rebound from their season-opening loss in Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, as Field was strong at the net with 14 kills and Nielsen had 11. Wood added six.

Braukmann was consistent from her setter position with 31 assists, while Wood was a defensive presence with 10 digs.

“The girls’ level of play increased dramatically from Tuesday’s loss, we as coaches were extremely happy,” Wood said. “Jenna Field and Sophie Wood both came out of their shells with impressive games. They both were given a lot of responsibility and stepped up as we asked.

“Shay Nielsen and Trisa Hutchinson both had strong hitting and blocking nights that enabled us to stay on top of Bemidji. Sierra Braukmann had a hardworking night as setter, running a 5-1. She is proving herself to be the leader on the court we thought she would be. Julia Taylor, Hanna Gedrose and Alex Engkjer also gave promising and hardworking performances.”

Bemidji came at DL with a very strong setter and a couple hard hitting outsides, as the Lakers were able stay in control and retain the lead most of the evening, one time falling behind, but never losing the momentum.

The Lakers will travel to Mid-State Conference rival Wadena-Deer Creek for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Laker results - Detroit Lakes at Perham, Tuesday, Sept. 3

Yellowjackets 3, Lakers 1

(22-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-21)

DL stat leaders – Kills: Jenna Field 10, Shay Nielsen 8, Trisa Hutchinson 7, Sophie Wood 6…Assists: Sierra Braukmann 27…Digs: Braukmann 4, Hanna Gedrose 6, Field 6, Nielsen 3, Hutchinson 2, Sophie Wood 1, Alex Engkjer 1…Blocks: Nielsen 5, Hutchinson 2, Julia Taylor 1, Field 2, Braukmann 2.

Bemidji at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Aug. 29

Lakers 3, Lumberjacks 0

(27-25, 25-21, 25-23)

DL stats – Kills: Field 14, Nielsen 11, Wood 6, Hutchinson 4, Taylor 4, Braukmann 1…Blocks: Hutchinson 5, Taylor 3, Nielsen 2, Wood 1…Assists: Braukmann 31, Gedrose 1…Digs: Wood 10, Hutchinson 8, Nielsen 7, Field 7, Gedrose 6, Braukmann 4.