The Detroit Lakes front line caused fits for Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton early and the Lakers’ back row kept play alive for a strong attack all night in a 3-0 sweep of the Rebels at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium by scores of 25-19, 25-11, 29-27 Monday, Nov. 2.

“The girls played well, really scrappy tonight and never gave up on the rally,” Laker head coach Lynnsey Machakaire said. “They got down in game three and put it together to finish strong. It was a great win for the girls as we look forward to adding another one on Thursday this week as we play Park Rapids there.”

Detroit Lakes controlled the opening set from the start forcing an early Rebel timeout after doubling up D-G-F 8-4 in the first 12 points.

A pair of ace serves from Faith Keller and Autumn Kulik and a run of 11-7 gave DL the lead 19-11 followed by back-to-back Jordyn Johnson kills. The Lakers were up 11 with two points for the set.

Libero Faith Keller (1) awaits a bump from Autumn Kulik (15) to start a Laker attack in the first set of a sweep of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Monday at home. Robert Williams / Tribune
Libero Faith Keller (1) awaits a bump from Autumn Kulik (15) to start a Laker attack in the first set of a sweep of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Monday at home. Robert Williams / Tribune

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Johnson led Detroit Lakes with a team-high eight kills on the night.

The Rebels scored seven of eight points to close to 24-19 before DL closed out.

An early 9-3 run had DL up 12-7 to start the second as the Lakers took advantage of D-G-F errors to build a commanding 22-9 advantage.

The teams split the next four points and Maddie Foster put DL up 2-0 on a kill off an Ava Jones backset.

Jones spread the ball around with 30 assists. Gabby Fredrickson had seven kills, Lauren Kaiser and Foster six and Grace Gunderson added five. Jones was all over the stat sheet leading in aces with Keller (3). The duo combined for 15 digs, Keller with eight, Jones seven.

Kaiser and Foster each recorded a pair of blocks.

Freshman setter Ava Jones puts a ball up for Gabby Fredrickson for one of Jones' team-high 30 assists on the night. Robert Williams / Tribune
Freshman setter Ava Jones puts a ball up for Gabby Fredrickson for one of Jones' team-high 30 assists on the night. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Rebels responded trailing two sets to none, holding the lead for much of the third set including a 15-9 start. Out of a timeout, DL scored the next six points to even the match, but the Rebels slowly built back up to a 20-16 advantage.

DL rallied to ties at 22, 23 on a block by Gunderson and Fredrickson, 24 on a Gunderson kill, 25 on a big Fredrickson smash down the middle, 26 and 27 before Kaiser set up match point at 28-27.

Johnson went to the back row to serve and Foster clinched her second straight set and DL’s fifth consecutive victory with a kill.

The 5-1 Lakers will travel to winless Park Rapids (0-7) Thursday, Nov. 5. The Panthers have been shut out in five of their seven games.