The Detroit Lakes volleyball team played consistent volleyball and took advantage of Perham errors in a 3-0 sweep to record the Lakers' first victory of the season Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.
The victory snapped a seven-match losing streak to the Yellowjackets dating back to 2013.
"They came out a little slow but pulled the win off in the first game," DL head coach Lynnsey Machakaire said. "They had a goal tonight to better the ball, and play for the team not the stats."
In an unusual move in volleyball, the team released only cumulative stats post-game.
The Lakers combined for 39 kills, 39 assists, nine aces, 60 digs, and nine blocks.
The teams played to a 23-all stalemate in the opening set. The Lakers trailed for the majority of the opening game with ties at 12, 17, 18 and 23 on a kill by Laura Prussia. She put the next ball down for set point and Jocelyn Patnaude's ace serve completed a 25-23 victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.
"We saw a few more glimpses of what these girls have," said Machakaire. "They played with heart and determination. They came in focused and stayed that way. They had grit and didn't let balls drop."
After a four-all tie in set two, DL built on a growing lead up 20-10. A Jacket rally got Perham (1-2) within five points but no closer in a 25-20 Laker win.
The teams tied at 18 in set three before the Lakers won seven of nine points and cemented the match victory on a kill by Gabby Fredrickson.
Stella Raser led Perham with nine kills and four aces.
Hornets take Lakers the distance
The Lakers took the first two sets Thursday but were forced to go the distance in a 3-2 victory over Frazee at The Ralph to extend their win streak to two matches.
Trailing 22-20 in the opener, DL rallied for six of the last 10 points to win 26-24. DL took set two 25-21.
"It was a fight and a fun match," coach Machakaire said. "The girls came from behind and finished the first and they came out fighting in the second. We had some errors we continue to work on. We need to keep improving and it will come. We have a lot of good going on and these girls will find ways to the top and this is being shown by their fight to come back rather then just give up."
Frazee (1-2) evened the match with a 25-22 set three victory and forced a fifth set 25-21 in the fourth.
The Lakers took the deciding set 15-12 to improve to 2-2 overall.
As a team, DL recorded 46 kills, 16 aces, and 78 digs.
Detroit Lakes starts a three-game road trip at Pequot Lakes Thursday, Sept. 12. Frazee hosts Ada-Borup Tuesday, Sept. 10.