During the regular season, the Park Rapids volleyball team controlled play in a 3-0 win over Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference match.
The rematch in a Section 8AA quarterfinal match was a lot tougher.
The Panthers coasted to a 25-22, 25-16, 25-16 victory over Detroit Lakes on Sept. 13. During Friday night’s playoff match at the Area High School gym, Park Rapids had to battle before advancing with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-8, 25-22 victory.
Park Rapids, the No. 1 seed in the South, overcame 17 hitting errors and nine service errors by pounding down 45 kills and serving 19 aces to eliminate the No. 4-seeded Lakers.
Katelyn Weaver served three aces and Kaisa Coborn had a kill as the Panthers jumped out to a 10-1 lead in Set 1. After a kill by Rilee Michaelson made it 12-4, the Lakers rallied to within 13-10. Two kills by Kamree Carlson kept Park Rapids in front 15-12 before a kill by Michaelson and two ace serves by Carlson extended the lead to 19-12. A tip by Michaelson, two ace serve by Kendra Scholz, and kills by Coborn and Michaelson closed out the opening set.
Detroit Lakes took control early in Set 2 by taking leads of 4-1 and 8-4. Coborn had a pair of kills for the Panthers at the start. A tip by Michaelson and another kill by Coborn made it 9-6 before Coborn served a pair of aces, Carlson contributed a kill and a tip, and Weaver and Kayleah Breitweser combined on a block during a 5-0 run as the Panthers claimed an 11-9 advantage. Two kills by Carlson and kills by Coborn and Michaelson kept Park Rapids in front 15-14 before the Lakers took a 21-19 lead despite kills by Michaelson and Coborn. After a kill by Carlson tied the set at 21-21, Detroit Lakes went on a 4-2 run to even the match.
Weaver followed a kill by Carlson with two aces and seven service points to give the Panthers an 8-0 lead in Set 3. Michaelson had a kill during that run. A block by Michaelson and Carlson, an ace serve by Carlson, and three kills by Coborn pushed the lead to 14-4. A block by Breitweser and Weaver, kills by Coborn and Breitweser, and a block by Scholz and Weaver extended the margin to 19-6 before a kill by Michaelson helped close out that set.
A kill by Michaelson, two aces during a 6-0 run by Scholz and two kills by Coborn sparked the Panthers to a 10-4 lead in Set 4. Kills by Carlson and Scholz and an ace serve by Kora Just kept the Panthers in front 18-9 before the Lakers rallied to cut the gap to 21-19. Carlson and Coborn had kills and Scholz had a block during Detroit Lakes’ 10-3 spurt. A block by Coborn and a kill by Michaelson helped end the match.
Coborn (16), Michaelson (13) and Carlson (12) combined for 41 kills while Weaver served seven aces and 17 points while tallying 42 set assists to lead the Panthers offensively. Scholz and Carlson served four aces each and combined for 22 service points.
Defensively, Coborn led the way with 20 digs while Carlson (16) and Weaver (11) also had double digits in digs as the Panthers improved to 22-6 on the season.
Teeya Doppler (12) and Breanna Price (9) combined for 21 kills while Faith Keller had 13 digs for the Lakers, who had 29 kills and served five aces in the match. Detroit Lakes (which defeated No. 5 Staples-Motley 3-0 in Thursday night’s first round) ended the season with a 14-14 record.
In Thursday night’s other first-round matches in the South, No. 2 Pequot Lakes eliminated No. 7 Crosby-Ironton 3-0 and No. 3 Perham edged No. 6 Fergus Falls 3-2. Pequot Lakes eliminated Perham 3-0 in Friday night’s other South semifinal match.
In the North half Thursday night, No. 1 Roseau defeated No. 8 Bagley 3-0, No. 2 Hawley defeated No. 7 East Grand Forks 3-0, No. 3 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton defeated No. 6 Warroad 3-1 and No. 5 Crookston topped No. 4 Thief River Falls 3-1. Roseau defeated Crookston 3-0 and D-G-F eliminated Hawley 3-2 in Friday night’s North semifinals.
Park Rapids and Pequot Lakes will play for the South championship Tuesday night (Oct. 30) at Wadena at 7 p.m. while Roseau will face D-G-F in the North title match. The Section 8AA championship match is set for Saturday (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.Park Rapids statistics