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Panthers open season with 3-0 win at Roseau

Tuesday night's season opener at Roseau proved to be a sweet one for the Park Rapids volleyball team.

Roseau prevented the Panthers from advancing to last year's state Class AA tournament with a 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21 victory in the Section 8AA championship game.

The Panthers were able to avenge that loss by opening the 2018 season with an impressive 25-13, 25-21, 25-22 victory on the road. Park Rapids also defeated the Rams 25-11, 25-14, 20-25, 25-15 in last year's season opener.

Rilee Michaelson (13), Kaisa Coborn (12) and Kamree Carlson (8) combined for 33 kills while Katelyn Weaver served two aces and 12 points and tallied 32 set assists in leading the Panthers' offense. Kendra Scholz served three aces and 10 points while Kora Just served 8 points as the Panthers put 71 of 75 serves in play.

Defensively, Carlson (18), Coborn (14), Just (12), Michaelson (8), Scholz (7) and Weaver (5) combined for the team's 64 digs while Scholz assisted on five blocks and Coborn had three assisted blocks.

"This was really a good first match for us. It wasn't perfect, but I was really impressed with how the girls fought for every point," said Park Rapids head coach Stephanie Hanson. "I was pleased with the mental part of the game and how they fought when things were not going perfect. That's a good sign for the rest of the season. We still have a lot of work to do, but I felt pretty good about how we did in our first match."

Park Rapids statistics

Serving: Just 11 for 12 (1 ace), Scholz 16 for 16 (3 aces), Coborn 7 for 8, Carlson 10 for 10, Weaver 17 for 18 (2 aces), Michaelson 10 for 11.

Service points: Weaver 12, Scholz 10, Just 8, Carlson 6, Michaelson 5, Coborn 3.

Attacks: Breitweser 6 (1 kill), Scholz 1 (1 kill), Coborn 34 (12 kills), Carlson 24 (8 kills), Weaver 7 (2 kills), Michaelson 24 (13 kills).

Assisted blocks: Scholz 5, Coborn 3, Breitweser 2, Carlson 2, Weaver 1, Michaelson 1.

Digs: Carlson 18, Coborn 14, Just 12, Michaelson 8, Scholz 7, Weaver 5.

Sets: Weaver 92 (32 assists), Michaelson 8 (2 assists), Carlson 2 (1 assist), Just 2, Scholz 2, Coborn 1.

Serve receive: Just 15 for 17, Scholz 1 for 1, Coborn 5 for 5, Carlson 12 for 14, Michaelson 7 for 7.

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