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Grace Bateman prepared to receive a serve during Tuesday night's match against East Grand Forks.

Panthers fall in final home match

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The Park Rapids volleyball team closed out the regular season by dropping a pair of Section 8AA matches with losses at home to East Grand Forks and at Pequot Lakes.

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In the regular-season finale Tuesday night, Ellen Potter's 11 kills sparked East Grand Forks to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-15 win at the Area High School gym.

Two ace serves by Grace Bateman and kills by Mady Vaudrin and Megan Grimes had the Panthers even at 11-11 in Set 1 before Hannah Vonasek served seven points to put EGF in control. The Green Wave closed out the set despite an ace serve by Ashley Thelen, a tip by Justine Rittgers and a kill by Grimes.

In Set 2, the Panthers took control as Bateman served two aces during an 8-0 run for a 16-7 advantage. Vaudrin had two kills during that stretch. Claire Potter then served 11 straight points to give EGF a 19-16 edge. After a kill by Grimes pulled the Panthers to within 21-19, Ellen Potter served two aces to close out the set.

Claire Potter kept the momentum going for EGF in Set 3 by serving eight straight points to give the Green Wave a 9-0 advantage. Thelen served an ace, Vaudrin and Grimes had kills, and Vaudrin had a block, but the Panthers still faced a 19-9 deficit. Grimes followed a block with a kill to make it 22-15, but EGF closed out the match.

The Panthers fell to 5-17-1 with the loss while EGF improved to 17-9-1.

In the Mid-State Conference finale last Tuesday night, Abby Palmer served 18 aces in leading Pequot Lakes to a 25-4, 25-9, 25-14 victory.

Bateman served five points and Bailee Jerger had seven digs as the Panthers ended conference play with a 1-4 record. The Patriots improved to 3-1 in the conference and 16-5-1 overall.

Park Rapids stats vs. Pequot Lakes

Serving: Bateman 8 for 8 (1 ace), Vaudrin 5 for 6, Johnson 1 for 1, Grimes 1 for 2, Robbins 0 for 1, Wolff 4 for 4, Jerger 4 for 4 (1 ace).

Service points: Bateman 5, Vaudrin 3, Wolff 2, Jerger 2.

Attacks: Vaudrin 6 (2 kills), Johnson 3, Hilmanowski 6, Grimes 7 (1 kill), Thelen 1, Dean 2, Young 2, Olson 2, Robbins 2 (1 kill), Wolff 8 (1 kill), Jerger 5.

Sets: Bateman 20 (2 assists), Vaudrin 3, Johnson 23 (1 assist), Hilmanowski 1, Grimes 4, Dean 1, Wolff 1, Jerger 1.

Digs: Jerger 7, Grimes 4, Wolff 4, Rittgers 3, Vaudrin 2, Olson 2, Bateman 1, Johnson 1, Thelen 1.

Serve receive: Rittgers 2 for 4, Vaudrin 1 for 7, Grimes 3 for 9, Thelen 5 for 12, Dean 1 for 2, Olson 0 for 1, Robbins 0 for 2, Wolff 8 for 12, Melott 1 for 3, Jerger 4 for 8, Zaske 0 for 1.

Park Rapids stats vs. Pelican Rapids

Serving: Bateman 14 for 16 (3 aces), Rittgers 10 for 11, Vaudrin 8 for 11 (1 ace), Johnson 1 for 1, Hilmanowski 7 for 7, Grimes 5 for 7, Robbins 1 for 2, Jerger 7 for 8.

Service points: Bateman 7, Rittgers 5, Vaudrin 4, Hilmanowski 2, Grimes 2, Robbins 1.

Attacks: Bateman 10 (3 kills), Rittgers 17 (4 kills), Vaudrin 26 (5 kills), Hilmanowski 14 (1 kill), Grimes 35 (6 kills), Thelen 1, Young 3, Robbins 2, Wolff 1, Jerger 14.

Sets: Bateman 60 (10 assists), Rittgers 3, Vaudrin 2, Johnson 26 (5 assists), Hilmanowski 2, Grimes 1, Wolff 1, Jerger 3.

Digs: Rittgers 21, Jerger 12, Thelen 10, Bateman 9, Grimes 9, Vaudrin 6, Johnson 5, Hilmanowski 4, Young 3.

Solo blocks: Grimes 1.

Assisted blocks: Bateman 1, Grimes 1.

Serve receive: Bateman 2 for 3, Rittgers 10 for 12, Vaudrin 7 for 9, Johnson 0 for 1, Hilmanowski 3 for 3, Grimes 7 for 7, Thelen 9 for 12, Jerger 16 for 17.

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