Detroit Lakes used consistent serving in a five-set battle handing Hawley its fourth loss of the season 3-2 in Hawley Tuesday, Oct. 8.
“We came out slow and fought toward the end of set one but it wasn't enough time,” said head coach Lynnsey Machkaire. “We came out in sets two and three and got things taken care of.”
The Nuggets captured the first set 25-23 before the Lakers responded with a 25-20 win to even the match and take the lead winning by 10 points (25-15) in the third.
Hawley battled back to tie the match at two sets each taking the fourth 25-20 and built a quick 7-2 lead in the fifth set race to 15 points.
“It was good to see their fight,” Machakaire said. “We are going to have to play Thursday with a few less errors and the intensity of the second half of set five.”
The Lakers won 13 of the final 19 points to take the match 15-13 in the fifth.
Hawley (18-4) has lost three straight matches after starting the season 18-1.
Gabby Fredrickson led in kills with 13; Jocelyn Patnaude added eight.
Patnaude and Laura Prussia each had a pair of solo blocks; Jordyn Johnson had four block assists.
Ava Jones and Faith Keller led in digs with 18 and 16, respectively.
Prussia had a team-high three ace serves. The Lakers missed only three serves out of 107 serve attempts in the match.
“I am so happy about this,” Machakaire said.
Detroit Lakes (11-10, 3-1) faces Park Rapids (17-4, 4-0) in the final Mid-State Conference game and last home match of the regular season Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Tacos will be served before the match as the team celebrates Senior night and also hosts breast cancer awareness night.
The Lakers can earn a share of the conference title with a victory over the Panthers. Park Rapids controls its own destiny at 4-0. Pequot Lakes and Detroit Lakes are a game back at 3-1. The Patriots face Crosby-Ironton (10-10, 0-4) Thursday.
In tournament action last weekend, the Lakers were 1-2 at the Sauk Rapids-Rice tournament:
SRR tourney results:
Detroit Lakes 2, Sauk Rapids-Rice 1 (25-23, 16-25, 15-13)
Annandale 2, Detroit Lakes 0 (25-19, 25-21)
Canby 2, Detroit Lakes 1 (25-21, 20-25, 15-9)
Detroit Lakes 3, Hawley 2
(23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 20-25, 15-13)
Digs - Team: 80, Ava Jones 18, Faith Keller 16
Blocks - Team: 10 solo, Jocelyn Patnaude 2, Laura Prussia 2, Gabby Fredrickson 1, Maddie Foster 1, Ava Jones 1
Block assists Team - 10, Jordyn Johnson 4
Serving Aces - Team 7, Laura Prussia 3, Jordyn Johnson 2, Autumn Kulik 2
Kills - Team 47, Gabby Fredrickson 13, Jocelyn Patnaude 8
Mid-State Conference standings
Park Rapids 4-0, 17-4
Pequot Lakes 3-1, 17-5
Detroit Lakes 3-1, 11-10
Staples-Motley 1-3, 12-8
Aitkin 1-3, 11-11
Crosby-Ironton 0-4, 10-10