Lakers win at Frazee in four sets


After taking a 2-0 lead, Detroit Lakes responded to a Frazee rally and ended the match in four sets defeating the Hornets in the Frazee gymnasium 3-1 (25-22, 25-15, 18-25, 25-14).

Ava Jones got DL off to a strong start serving for the first three points of the opening set. The Lakers took eight of the first 10 points using back-to-back blocks to go up 8-2.

The Hornets are never an easy out at home and rallied to within two points at 11-9, 14-12 and 18-16.

Frazee got the next point and served to tie the match but DL scored the next three points on kills by Gabby Fredrickson and Grace Gunderson to force a Frazee time out leading 21-17. The Hornets came back again to close to 22-20 when a Fredrickson kill attempt skimmed the length of the top of net and dropped out of bounds. Up 23-20, head coach Lynnsey Machakaire called a timeout. Out of the break, Fredrickson killed through the Frazee block and DL fought off a pair of Hornet points to win the first set 25-22 on a Frazee serving error.

The teams exchanged points through five ties to a 7-5 Laker lead on a service return by the Hornets that drifted to a waiting Fredrickson at the middle of the net. Fredrickson pounded the kill to an open space and DL went on an 8-0 run on Laken Weaver’s serve to lead 12-5 on a Jordyn Johnson kill.


Frazee closed to a 16-9 deficit on an Ellie Reierson kill, but a block by Lauren Kaiser and Madison Foster put DL on the road to a 25-15 set two win taking nine of 15 points down the stretch.

Set three was all Frazee.

“The third set was not pretty on our end - a lot of errors and miscommunication,” Machakaire said. “We just weren’t finishing as we should be.”

The Hornets led 15-5 to force a Laker timeout. Frazee led by as many as 12 points getting the next two points and held any Laker rally off to win by seven points 25-18 on a Laker hitting error on set point.

After a three-all tie early in the fourth, Detroit Lakes took command holding at least a four-point lead to a Frazee timeout at 17-11 Lakers. DL allowed only four more points to the hosts and Autumn Kulik finished off the victory with an ace on match point.

Jalynn Gunderson was out dealing with injuries. Jordyn Johnson was key for the Lakers moving to the outside and playing in the back row.

“Really proud of what she came out and did tonight,” Machakaire said.

The Laker junior varsity defeated Frazee 2-1 (25-23 19-25 15-8).


Frazee (0-2) hosts Hawley (2-2) Thursday, Oct. 22. Detroit Lakes (3-1) plays the same day at 7:30 p.m. against Staples-Motley (3-1). The Cardinals opened with three straight wins not giving up a set before losing to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 3-1 in their last match.

The Lakers have won three straight matches.

Robert Williams has been a sports editor for Forum Communications in Perham and Detroit Lakes since 2011.
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