Detroit Lakes responded after dropping the first set at Frazee to win 3-1 in the Hornet gymnasium Thursday, Sept. 6 to snap a two-game skid and even their season record at 2-2 overall.
“We came out shaky,” DL junior Anna Cihak said. “We came out knowing we lost our last two games and we wanted to come out with a dub. We were kind of nervous for our first set and trying to get back to another win.”
After Teeya Doppler tied the first set at 22 with a kill, the Hornets rattled off three straight points to get the home gym rocking with a 25-22 victory. Olivia Erickson had a block and Ellie Reierson’s kill gave the Hornets set point which they scored on a Laker error.
The Lakers did not change strategy in the time out between periods but came out of the break a different team.
“Our coach said to stay low and trust the process and that’s what we did,” Cihak said.
The Lakers did need to adapt to the Hornets’ style of play.
“It’s a different pace; Frazee being so scrappy, they’ll throw it over on even two or just one and we’re not used to that,” Cihak said.
DL went into cruise control dominating the final three sets winning the second to even the match 25-14.
Bre Price scored the final three points to put the set away with two kills and a block.
The score remained close in set three to the midway point with the Lakers up 16-14. DL won nine of the next dozen points to take a 2-1 lead 25-17.
The Lakers led by 10 points early in the final set up 16-6 and finished with another 25-17 win to seal the match on a kill by Cihak.
For the Lakers, getting victories and building confidence is going to be key the rest of the season. Last year, DL put it together after a tough 0-6 start to the year to finish a game under .500. Now at .500 through four games, this year’s squad is building on improving that mark the rest of the way.
“For sure, this is going to give us the confidence going into next week against Aitkin and Park Rapids; we’ve just got to keep getting more wins and more confidence during the season,” said Cihak.
Price led the way with 10 kills. Cihak and Doppler each had seven. Jocelyn Patnaude added six. Cihak had a team-high 10 digs; Doppler had eight and Autumn Kulik added seven. Maren Daggett, Courtnee Ziegler and Laura Prussia each had two ace serves in the match.
DL will square off with Aitkin Tuesday, Sept. 11 at home