Katelyn Weaver dominated at the service line as the Park Rapids volleyball team closed out its final regular-season home match with a 3-0 Section 8AA victory over East Grand Forks Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.
Weaver put 32 of 34 serves in play with 14 aces and 29 points to spark the Panthers' 25-14, 25-10, 25-13 win. The Panthers went 67 for 74 in serves with 20 aces while adding 46 kills to improve to 10-0 against section opponents this season.
Weaver set the tone for the match in Set 1 by serving an ace during a five-point run to give Park Rapids an early 6-2 advantage. Rilee Michaelson and Kamree Carlson had two kills apiece during that run. Three kills by Kaisa Coborn, two kills by Michaelson, and kills by Carlson and Kayleah Breitweser kept Park Rapids in front 13-9 before Kasumi Lee gave EGF a 14-13 lead with four service points. After a kill by Carlson tied the set at 14-14, Weaver served out the set with three aces and 11 points. Michaelson had six kills and Carlson contributed a kill during that streak.
Three more ace serves by Weaver and kills by Michaelson and Carlson gave the Panthers a 5-0 lead to start Set 2. Kills by Kendra Scholz, Carlson and Coborn made it 9-2 before a dig by Weaver set up a kill by Coborn for an 11-3 advantage. Michaelson served an ace and Breitweser had a kill for a 13-4 lead before Coborn served an ace and six straight points to push the advantage to 19-4. Breitweser had two kills and Carlson had a kill during that span. Three kills by Carlson and a kill by Coborn closed out that set.
Kendra Emery served an ace and the Green Wave used three straight hitting errors to take a 6-0 lead to begin Set 3. After a kill by Scholz, Weaver responded with six aces and Carlson chipped in a kill as the Panthers claimed a 9-6 advantage. Four kills by Michaelson kept Park Rapids in front 17-12 before an ace serve by Coborn and a kill by Carlson made it 19-13. Kora Just served out the match behind three aces and a pair of kills by Carlson.
Carlson (17) and Michaelson (15) combined for 32 kills with Weaver tallying 30 set assists as the Panthers finished with 10 hitting errors. Coborn (15) and Michaelson (12) combined for 27 of the team's 39 digs as Park Rapids improved to 18-5 on the season.
EGF fell to 0-9 against section opponents and 3-19 overall.
Park Rapids statistics
Serving: Just 8 for 8 (3 aces), Scholz 3 for 5, Coborn 9 for 10 (2 aces), Carlson 10 for 12, Weaver 32 for 34 (14 aces), Michaelson 5 for 5 (1 ace).
Service points: Weaver 29, Coborn 7, Just 6, Carlson 6, Scholz 2, Michaelson 2.
Attacks: Just 2 (1 kill), Breitweser 7 (4 kills), Scholz 7 (3 kills), Coborn 16 (6 kills), Carlson 34 (17 kills), Weaver 3, Michaelson 24 (15 kills).
Sets: Weaver 78 (30 assists), Coborn 3 (1 assist), Just 2, Carlson 2, Michaelson 1 (1 assist).
Digs: Coborn 15, Michaelson 12, Carlson 6, Just 3, Weaver 2, Breitweser 1.
Serve receive: Just 13 for 15, Coborn 14 for 14, Carlson 4 for 4, Michaelson 5 for 5.