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Panthers overcome slow start
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After dropping the first two games against Pine River-Backus Tuesday night, Molly Aukes told her Park Rapids volleyball team to forget the past and focus on the future.

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Those words of encouragement worked as the Panthers rallied for a 21-25, 12-25, 25-18, 25-11, 15-6 victory at Pine River.

"We didn't play our game and got off to a slow start," said Aukes. "I told the girls not to dwell on what happened and to look ahead."

PR-B used a 7-0 run to close out Game 1 and a 9-0 run to close out Game 2 to take the early lead.

The Panthers turned things around in Game 3 behind Megan Norby's seven service points.

Norby's five service points, including an ace, gave the Panthers a 13-5 lead in Game 4 before an ace serve by Olivia Vaadeland and three service points, including an ace, by Leeza Tostenson evened the match.

Park Rapids controlled Game 5 as Hannah Wolff served an ace to close out an 8-0 run to end the match.

Norby (14) and Vaadeland (11) combined for 25 service points, Norby and Tostenson served three aces each, Jenny Palm had 19 set assists, and Norby (14) and Wolff (9) combined for 23 kills to lead Park Rapids' offensive attack.

Defensively, Shelby Weckwerth tallied 26 digs, Norby had 17 digs and Tostenson had 10 digs while Vaadeland had two solo blocks.

"We started playing our game and started playing with confidence," said Aukes, whose team improved to 9-8 on the season. "We started having fun and kept the tempo up. It was a very nice comeback and a very nice win for us."

Park Rapids statistics

Serving: Palm 13 for 15 (1 ace), Weckwerth 9 for 10, Norby 19 for 21 (3 aces), Lundin 15 for 16 (1 ace), Wolff 8 for 10 (1 ace), Tostenson 8 for 12 (3 aces), Smythe 7 for 7, Vaadeland 12 for 12 (1 ace), Vaudrin 1 for 1.

Service points: Palm 3, Weckwerth 3, Norby 14, Lundin 8, Wolff 5, Tostenson 8, Smythe 5, Vaadeland 11.

Serve-receive: Weckwerth 25 for 29, Norby 28 for 28, Domino 0 for 1, Lundin 9 for 10, Wolff 1 for 1, Tostenson 6 for 6.

Sets: Palm 85 (19 assists), Weckwerth 3, Norby 2 (1 assist), Lundin 1 (1 assist), Wolff 1, Tostenson 3 (1 assist), Smythe 13 (4 assists), Vaadeland 2 (1 assist), Vaudrin 10 (2 assists).

Attacks: Weckwerth 1 (1 kill), Norby 41 (14 kills), Domino 5 (1 kill), Lundin 18 (1 kill), Wolff 22 (9 kills), Tostenson 23 (5 kills), Vadeland 16 (3 kills), Vaudrin 1.

Digs: Palm 7, Weckwerth 26, Norby 17, Domino 2, Lundin 8, Wolff 1, Tostenson 10, Vaadeland 4.

Solo blocks: Norby 1, Lundin 1, Wolff 1, Vaadeland 2.

Assisted blocks: Palm 1, Norby 2, Domino 1, Lundin 2, Wolff 6, Tostenson 3, Vaadeland 3.

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