The Laker volleyball team finished off the week with sweeps on back-to-back nights after making quick work of Staples-Motley to earn sole possession of second place in the Mid-State Conference 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-16) Friday night at The Ralph.

DL broke out to multiple five-point leads at 12-7, 14-9 and 19-14 in the opening set reaching 20 points with a four-point advantage. The Lakers held that cushion to a Grace Gunderson kill from outside on set point to go up 1-0.

Leading 7-4 in the second set, DL reeled off a dozen straight points to lead 19-4 taking control in a flurry. Set point was scored off a Cardinals serve on a bump from Faith Keller to Ava Jones who set up Gabby Fredrickson mid-net for an easy kill and a 2-0 lead.

Gabby Fredrickson winds up for a kill attempt surrounded by teammates (clockwise from left) Autumn Kulik, Faith Keller, Jordyn Johnson and Ava Jones (14). Robert Williams / Tribune
Gabby Fredrickson winds up for a kill attempt surrounded by teammates (clockwise from left) Autumn Kulik, Faith Keller, Jordyn Johnson and Ava Jones (14). Robert Williams / Tribune

Detroit Lakes scored eight of the first 10 points in the third set and led 20-11 needed the final five points for the match. The teams split the next 10 points with the Lakers clinching victory on an outside kill by Jones.

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Gunderson led in kills with 11 and had a pair of blocks; Jordyn Johnson had eight kills.

Jordyn Johnson hits from the outside during the first set of a 3-0 victory over Staples-Motley Friday night. Johnson had eight kills in the game. Robert Williams / Tribune
Jordyn Johnson hits from the outside during the first set of a 3-0 victory over Staples-Motley Friday night. Johnson had eight kills in the game. Robert Williams / Tribune

Jones had 25 assists and team-highs with seven digs and four ace serves.

The DL junior varsity dominated the first set against the Cards winning 25-9, but Staples-Motley rallied to even the match 25-21 in the second and got the win 15-12 in the decider.

The Lakers improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-State. Six of those eight wins have been 3-0 sweeps. The Cardinals dropped to 5-3 and 3-3.

The two teams meet again in Staples Tuesday, Nov. 17 and the Lakers continue a Mid-State road trip Thursday in Aitkin.

Mid-State Conference Standings

(Team, Conf., Overall, Streak)

Pequot Lakes 7-0-0 10-0 Won 10

Detroit Lakes 4-2-0 8-2 Won 2

Staples-Motley 3-2-0 5-3 Lost 1

Aitkin 3-2-0 5-4 Lost 1

Crosby-Ironton 2-6-0 2-8 Lost 4

Park Rapids 0-7-0 0-10 Lost 10



Detroit Lakes 3, Staples-Motley 0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-16)

Junior Varsity: Staples-Motley 2, Detroit Lakes 1 (9-25, 25-21, 15-12)

Assists: Ava Jones 35, Lexi Lundeen 2, Faith Keller 2;

Kills: Grace Gunderson 11 Jordyn Johnson 8, Lauren Kaiser 6, Maddy Foster 6, Gabby Fredrickson 5;

Aces: Ava Jones 4;

Blocks: Grace Gunderson 2;

Digs: Ava Jones 7, Jordyn Johnson 5, Faith Keller 4.

Clockwise from left: Lauren Kaiser (9), Ava Jones, Autumn Kulik, Laken Weaver, Faith Keller and Jordyn Johnson contributed to the seventh Detroit Lakes volleyball victory in nine games this season after defeating Crosby-Ironton 3-0 at The Ralph Thursday night. Robert Williams / Tribune
Clockwise from left: Lauren Kaiser (9), Ava Jones, Autumn Kulik, Laken Weaver, Faith Keller and Jordyn Johnson contributed to the seventh Detroit Lakes volleyball victory in nine games this season after defeating Crosby-Ironton 3-0 at The Ralph Thursday night. Robert Williams / Tribune

Lakers bounce back against Crosby-Ironton

Detroit Lakes bounced back from only its second loss of the season with a sweep of Crosby-Ironton in Mid-State Conference volleyball play Thursday, Nov. 12 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.

The Lakers and Rangers played close for the opening thirds of both of the first sets before DL pulled away mid-set to stake a quick 2-0 lead 25-15, 25-16.

After losing the opening point of the match, Ava Jones answered with a kill to start a 6-1 run to go up 7-2 and a Gabby Fredrickson kill highlighted a run of four straight points minutes later and DL had the Rangers doubled up 15-7.

The Lakers expanded the lead on a Lauren Kaiser kill at 19-4, followed by a Fredrickson and Madison Foster block forcing a timeout after a Ranger error at 21-14. Fredrickson scored again for set point off a Faith Keller serve received to Jones and a perfect set.

Autumn Kulik served the set out on the next point. Jones made a left-handed save to keep the ball alive and the Rangers returned a third hit to the back row with a bump that sailed to the middle of the net where Grace Gunderson pounced on it for a 1-0 Laker lead.

After a tie at sevens in the second, DL again took control scoring eight of the next 10 points forcing a Ranger timeout after a Jones kill, an ace by Jordyn Johnson and a Ranger error for a 15-9 Laker advantage.

DL led 2-0 finishing the set on a 10-7 run polished off by a Jones kill to an empty back corner of the court and she served set point finished by Ava Gilbert guarding defensively mid-net.

The Rangers’ play improved in the third set with the teams playing within two points of each other to a deadlock at 20-all.

A pair of errors forced a timeout by Laker head coach Lynnsey Machakaire, but C-I’s Mya Decent stepped up and served an ace on the next point to get the visitors within two of the set leading 23-20.

DL scored the final five points to erase the possibility of a fourth set with four straight kills.

Fredrickson followed Gunderson every other point culminating in a nice tip kill to get to match point.

Keller served the final four points ending the match on a Ranger error into the net.

Jones had 30 assists, five kills and nine digs.

Gunderson led with 10 kills; Fredrickson had eight, Johnson six; Kaiser and Foster joined Jones with five.

Fredrickson and Foster each had four blocks.

DL’s junior varsity bounced back from a 26-24 first set loss to win a tight second 25-22, and an efficient third set 15-3.

Detroit Lakes 3, Crosby-Ironton 0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-23)

Assists: Ava Jones 30, Lexi Lundeen 5, Faith Keller 3;

Kills: Grace Gunderson 10, Gabby Fredrickson 8, Jordyn Johnson 6, Ava Jones 5, Lauren Kaiser 5, Madison Foster 5, Ava Gilbert 1;

Aces: Jordyn Johnson 2, Gabby Fredrickson 2, Faith Keller 2;

Blocks: Gabby Fredrickson 4, Madison Foster 4;

Digs: Ava Jones 9, Jordyn Johnson, Faith Keller 6, Madison Foster 4.

Junior Varsity: Detroit Lakes 2, Crosby-Ironton 1 (24-26, 25-22, 15-3)