A fourth set surge by Detroit Lakes nearly forced a deciding race to 15 points, but the south subsection No. 1-seeded Park Rapids Panthers held off the No. 4 Lakers in a 3-1 victory to advance from a Section 8AA quarterfinal match played Friday, Oct. 26 in Park Rapids.
The two teams split the first two sets, but Park Rapids came out firing in the third scoring the first eight points and cruising to a 25-8 victory to go ahead 2-1.
The Lakers trailed 19-12 in the fourth and looked to be headed for the exits but scored nine of the next 11 points to get within two on a Teeya Doppler kill trailing 21-19.
Doppler led the Lakers and was the only hitter in double figures with a dozen kills.
Park Rapids scored the next two points to lead by four but DL came back with three straight points to close to a 23-22 deficit forcing a Panthers’ timeout.
DL got to within one point on a block by Jocelyn Patnaude, a Panther error and another Doppler kill.
Rilee Michaelson gave Park Rapids match point with a kill out of the timeout and a Laker error into the net sealed DL’s fate 25-22 in the fourth set.
Park Rapids won the opening set comfortably by 10 points, but the Lakers evened the match with a 25-23 second set victory.
Bre Price had the kill for set point and Doppler evened the match with a kill two points later.
Faith Keller led DL in digs with 13. Courtnee Ziegler had a team-high 13 assists.
The Lakers finish the year at .500 with a record of 14-14.
Park Rapids (22-6) will face No. 2 Pequot Lakes (19-9). The Patriots defeated No. 3 Perham 3-1 (25-17, 25-10, 27-25). The Panthers and Patriots met in Pequot Lakes on Sept. 25 with the Panthers winning 3-1.
In the north half of the bracket, No. 1 Roseau will meet No. 3 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the semis. The Rams defeated Crookston 3-0 (21, 15, 17). The Rebels defeated Hawley 3-1 (22-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-22).
Section 8AA Volleyball Quarterfinal
Park Rapids 3, Detroit Lakes 1 (15-25, 25-23, 8-25, 22-25)
Digs: Faith Keller 13, Maren Daggett 5, Teeya Doppler 4, Anna Cihak 3, Courtnee Ziegler 3, Jocelyn Patnaude 2, Laura Prussia 1.
Blocks: Patnaude 1, Prussia 1.
Block Assists: Gabby Fredrickson 4, Patnaude 3, Prussia 3, Doppler 2, Price 2.
Kills: Doppler 12, Price 8, Cihak 4, Patnaude 3, Fredrickson 1, Prussia 1.
Assists: Ziegler 13, Daggett 6, Keller 3, Autumn Kulik 1.
Aces: Doppler 2, Cihak 1, Daggett 1, Fredrickson 1.