Panthers pound down 39 kills against Frazee
The Park Rapids volleyball team pounded down 39 kills and served eight aces to remain undefeated on the season with a 3-0 win over Frazee Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
Jaiden McCollum finished with 11 kills to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Panthers coasted to a 25-17, 25-9, 25-8 victory. The Hornets scored the majority of their points on 10 hitting errors and 13 service errors by Park Rapids.
Kennedy Carlson served an ace and five straight points as the Panthers took control in Set 1. An ace serve by Katelyn Weaver and kills by Kaisa Coborn and McCollum gave Park Rapids a 5-2 lead while kills by Coborn, Kamree Carlson and Rilee Michaelson gave the Panthers an 11-9 advantage. A kill by McCollum during Kennedy Carlson's serve made it 16-9 before kills by Michaelson, Kennedy Carlson and McCollum gave the Panthers a 22-16 edge. Two kills by Kamree Carlson closed out the opening set.
Park Rapids dominated the start of Set 2 as 12 service points by Coborn extended a 6-2 lead to 19-2. McCollum's four kills, Kamree Carlson's two kills and a kill by Kennedy Carlson sparked that run, which ended on an ace serve by Coborn. Two kills by Kamree Carlson and kills by Michaelson, Weaver and Coborn closed out that set.
Two ace serves by Michaelson and an ace serve by Weaver sparked the Panthers to an 18-5 advantage in Set 3. A kill by Coborn, two kills by McCollum, and three kills by Michaelson staked Park Rapids to the early lead. Michaelson and Kennedy Carlson also combined for an ace block during that run. The Panthers closed out their second straight 3-0 win on a kill by Kamree Carlson, an ace serve and four service points by Kortne Byer, and a kill by McCollum.
Kamree Carlson (9), Michaelson (8) and Coborn (7) combined for 24 kills while Coborn served 18 points. Kennedy Carlson and Weaver combined for 18 service points with Kennedy Carlson tallying 32 set assists. Weaver led the defense with 13 digs while Coborn added 10 digs as the Panthers had 54 digs in the match. Park Rapids had only three errors on serve receive.
The Panthers improved to 3-0 and are tied for the No. 12 spot in this week's state Class AA poll. Frazee fell to 1-2.
Park Rapids statistics
Serves: Byer 5 for 5 (1 ace), Ken. Carlson 10 for 12 (1 ace), Coborn 18 for 21 (2 aces), Kam. Carlson 2 for 4, Weaver 10 for 13 (2 aces), McCollum 11 for 11, Michaelson 7 for 10 (2 aces).
Service points: Coborn 18, Ken. Carlson 9, Weaver 9, McCollum 6, Michaelson 5, Byer 4, Kam. Carlson 1.
Attacks: Byer 1, Ken. Carlson 5 (3 kills), Coborn 17 (7 kills), Kam. Carlson 21 (9 kills), McCollum 26 (11 kills), Michaelson 12 (8 kills).
Sets: Ken. Carlson 68 (32 assists), Weaver 7 (3 assists), Coborn 1.
Digs: Weaver 13, Coborn 10, Ken. Carlson 8, McCollum 8, Byer 7, Kam. Carlson 7, Michaelson 1.
Blocks (solo-assists): McCollum 1-1, Ken. Carlson 0-2, Coborn 0-1, Michaelson 0-1.
Serve receive: Byer 5 for 6, Coborn 7 for 7, Kam. Carlson 4 for 4, Weaver 8 for 10, McCollum 6 for 6.
Maple Lake tops poll
Despite defeating Roseau in the season opener, the Panthers failed to move up in this week's state Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA poll.
Maple Lake remained in the No. 1 spot with all 15 first-place votes and 225 points and was followed by Stewartville (207 points), Kasson-Mantorville (194), Southwest Christian (175) and Marshall (158). Rounding out the top 10 were North Branch (147), Concordia (116), Roseau (87), Sauk Centre (82) and Totino Grace (51). Roseau was also rated No. 8 in last week's poll.
Rocori was rated No. 11 with 35 points while Park Rapids and Hill Murray shared the No. 12 spot with 20 points each. Perham was rated No. 20 with 6 points in this week's poll.