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Volleyball: Lakers rip off two straight wins

Sierra Braukmann and Trisa Hutchinson (12) celebrate a point against Frazee last Tuesday. BRIAN BASHAM/DL NEWSPAPERS

The Detroit Lakes volleyball team reeled off two victories in a row to improve their record to 8-5 on the season.

A slow start Thursday evening still resulted in a game one victory, which spawned a 3-0 sweep of visiting Mid-State Conference foe Crosby-Ironton.

The Lakers pulled out the first game 25-20 after a cold start, but then rolled through the Rangers in games two and three, 25-7 and 25-11.

“They warmed up some (after game one) and started to play their game and handily controlled the rest of the sets,” said DL head coach Jim Wood.

Jenna Field and Trisa Hutchinson had eight kills each, while Katie Larson led the team in assists with 17.

Sophie Wood contributed nine digs, with “great serve receive control also.”

A few changes in the lineup produced big results for the Lakers in their 3-1 victory over Frazee Tuesday.

Junior Shay Nielsen blew the Hornets up with a season-high 24 kills, while Field was just as effective blasting down 15.

Wood was a serve receive specialist, to go along with 20 digs.

“We made some big changes, sending Shay Nielsen to the outside and Sophie (Wood) to the libero position,” Jim Wood said. “Both had exceptional nights, with help from almost everyone.”

Hutchinson and Field also had solid defensive performances, while sophomore Alyssa Austin and Kyra Vagle made contributions as young varsity players.

The Lakers pulled out a narrow 29-27 win in the first set, while Frazee returned the favor in the second with a 25-20 triumph.

But the Lakers secured the match win by taking the third set 25-19 and the fourth and decisive one 25-22.

Monday, DL was downed by No. 1 state-ranked (according to the QRF ranking) Perham (14-1) in a sweep by the scores of 25-20, 25-11 and 25-14.

“We had a meltdown against Perham, it just wasn’t a good game for us at all,” Wood said.

The Lakers also went 2-2 in the Hawley Tournament Saturday, Sept. 14, with wins against Menahga and Barnesville, while losing to Hawley and Wheaton.

The Lakers will now look to build on their momentum by hosting East Grand Forks (7-3) Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Crosby-Ironton at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Sept. 19

Lakers 3, Rangers 0

(25-20, 25-7, 25-11)

DL stats – Kills: Trisa Hutchinson 8, Jenna Field 8, Shay Nielsen 6, Alyssa Austin 3, Kyra Vagle 3, Julia Taylor 2, Alexis Engkjer 1, Katie Larson 1…Blocks: Hutchinson 2, Austin 1, Larson 1…Aces: Sophie Wood 2, Hutchinson 1, Engkjer 1, Larson 1…Assists: Larson 17, Sierra Braukmann 7, Vagle 1, Hanna Gedrose 1, Wood 1, Hutchinson 1, Field 1…Digs: Wood 9, Field 7, Nielsen 2, Gedrose 2, Vagle 2

Frazee at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Sept. 17

Lakers 3, Hornets 1

29-27, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22)

DL stats – Kills: Nielsen 24, Field 15, Hutchinson 9, Vagle 3, Austin 1, Engkjer 1, Braukmann 1, Taylor 1…Blocks: Austin 4, Hutchinson 3, Nielsen 1, Braukmann 1…Aces: Wood 2…Assists: Braukmann 52, Vagle 1, Nielsen 1…Digs: Wood 20, Field 8, Gedrose 6, Nielsen 4, Hutchinson 4, Braukmann 4, Engkjer 1, Vagle 3, Taylor 1. 

Perham at Detroit Lakes, Monday, Sept. 16

Perham 3, Lakers 0

(25-20, 25-11, 25-14)

DL stats Kills: Field 7, Hutchinson 5, Nielsen 4, Wood 3, Taylor 1…Blocks: Hutchinson 2, Field 1…Aces: Hutchinson 2…Assists: Braukmann 19, Larson 1…Digs: Hutchinson 7, Field 6, Nielsen 4, Braukmann 2, Wood 1, Taylor 1, Gedrose 1, Engkjer1, Larson 1

Detroit Lakes at Hawley Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 14

Lakers record: 2-2

Lakers 2, Barnesville 0

(25-22, 26-24)

Lakers 2, Menahga 0

(25-15, 25-22)

Hawley 2, Lakers 1

(25-14, 20-25, 15-11)

Wheaton 2, Lakers 1

(19-25, 25-18, 15-10)

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