Controlling play at the net sparked the Park Rapids volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Menahga at the Area High School gym on Monday, Oct. 7.

The Panthers used 46 kills along with eight service aces to spark a 25-15, 25-21, 25-10 victory.

Park Rapids took control early by jumping out to a 13-6 lead in Set 1. Rilee Michaelson followed a kill with an ace serve and Noel Skadberg followed a kill by Kamree Carlson with four service points. Tara Hendrickson had a kill during the early going for the Braves. Carlson had two kills and Kayleah Breitweser had a kill as the Panthers led 7-2. An ace serve by Breitweser and two kills and two ace serves by Carlson produced a 13-6 advantage. Kills by Madison Benham and Michaelson were offset by kills by Menahga’s Janie Tormanen and Hendrickson as the Panthers led 16-9. A tip by Katelyn Weaver, a kill by Carlson, an ace serve by Skadberg, a kill by Breitweser, and two kills apiece by Carlson and Michaelson closed out the first set. Elly Hillukka had a kill for the Braves down the stretch.

The Panthers used a 10-4 run to take control in Set 2. Kills by Hillukka, Hendrickson, Rena Pinoniemi and Tormanen were offset by kills by Michaelson, Breitweser and Carlson as the set was tied at 6-6. After a block by Michaelson and Weaver and a kill by Michaelson, the Braves tied the set at 8-8 before three kills by Michaelson, an ace serve by Weaver, a kill by Breitweser, a block by Carlson and Breitweser, and kills by Carlson and Benham gave Park Rapids an 18-12 advantage. Menahga used kills by Tormanen, Hendrickson and Jessica Pietila and an ace serve by Pinoniemi to cut the gap to 22-19 before kills by Breitweser and Carlson helped the Panthers close out that set.

After going with an all-senior lineup during the first two sets, the Panthers reinserted regular starters Kendra Scholz and Katie Burlingame into the lineup and controlled Set 3. Hendrickson opened with a kill before a pair of kills by Michaelson led to a 4-4 tie. Ace serves by Michaelson and Burlingame, two kills apiece by Carlson and Breitweser, and a kill by Scholz gave the Panthers a 12-7 advantage before Carlson served seven straight points as two kills by Michaelson, a kill by Scholz, and a block by Michaelson and Scholz extended the lead to 19-7. Two kills by Michaelson made it 21-8 before the Braves countered with a kill by Hendrickson. Another kill by Michaelson closed out the match.

Michaelson (19) and Carlson (14) combined for 33 kills with Weaver tallying 38 set assists. Carlson served 11 points and had 20 digs while Michaelson had 10 digs as the Panthers improved to 17-4.

Menahga fell to 6-12 on the season.

Park Rapids statistics
Serving: Benham 7 for 7, Michaelson 10 for 12 (2 aces), Skadberg 7 for 9 (1 ace), Breitweser 4 for 5 (1 ace), Carlson 17 for 18 (2 aces), Weaver 12 for 13 (1 ace), Just 5 for 5, Scholz 2 for 3, Burlingame 4 for 5 (1 ace).
Service points: Carlson 11, Michaelson 6, Skadberg 5, Weaver 5, Burlingame 4, Breitweser 3, Just 2, Scholz 2, Benham 2.
Attacks: Michaelson 31 (19 kills), Carlson 25 (14 kills), Breitweser 13 (7 kills), Benham 8 (2 kills), Weaver 6 (2 kills), Scholz 2 (2 kills), Skadberg 2.
Sets: Weaver 82 (38 assists), Carlson 4, Just 2 (1 assist).
Digs: Carlson 20, Michaelson 10, Just 7, Weaver 5, Skadberg 3, Breitweser 2, Burlingame 1.
Assisted blocks: Michaelson 2, Breitweser 1, Scholz 1, Carlson 1, Weaver 1.
Serve receive: Just 24 for 24, Skadberg 3 for 4, Carlson 2 for 2, Michaelson 11 for 11, Burlingame 2 for 2.

Panthers tie for third at Perham

The Panthers tied Pequot Lakes for third place at the Perham Invitational on Oct. 5.

Park Rapids went 3-0 in pool play with victories over Sebeka (25-21, 25-14), Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (25-19, 25-14) and Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (25-18, 25-20).

In the championship bracket, the Panthers defeated Melrose (25-20, 22-25, 15-11) in the quarterfinals before falling to Fosston (27-25, 17-25, 15-12) in the semifinals. Sauk Centre defeated Fosston (20-25, 25-19, 15-10) in the championship match.

Michaelson’s 13 kills, Carlson’s two ace serves and 15 digs, and Weaver’s 24 set assists led the Panthers in the win over Sebeka. Park Rapids had 31 kills and 15 hitting errors in that match.

Weaver’s five ace serves and 17 set assists and Michaelson’s 10 kills led the Panthers against D-G-F. Carlson (13) and Just (10) combined for 23 digs for Park Rapids, which had 24 kills and 14 hitting errors.

In the win over W-H-A, Carlson’s 16 kills, 12 digs and two aces serves led the way. Michaelson also served two aces while Weaver had 22 set assists and Burlingame had 14 digs as the Panthers had 32 kills and 19 hitting errors.

Carlson (11) and Michaelson (10) combined for 21 kills with Michaelson serving three aces and Carlson tallying two blocks in the win over Melrose. Just (13), Carlson (11), Michaelson (11) and Burlingame (10) had double digits in digs and Weaver had 22 set assists as the Panthers offset 13 hitting errors with 30 kills.

Michaelson’s 13 kills and Carlson’s 20 digs led the Panthers in the loss to Fosston. Just had 11 digs and Weaver had 27 set assists as Park Rapids had 32 kills and 17 hitting errors. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Panthers.

Park Rapids statistics vs. Sebeka
Serving: Just 7 for 7, Scholz 11 for 11 (1 ace), Carlson 10 for 11 (2 aces), Weaver 7 for 7 (1 ace), Michaelson 6 for 7 (1 ace), Burlingame 7 for 7.
Service points: Scholz 6, Carlson 5, Burlingame 4, Just 3, Weaver 3, Michaelson 2.
Attacks: Michaelson 32 (13 kills), Carlson 21 (9 kills), Scholz 10 (5 kills), Weaver 7 (1 kill), Burlingame 7 (1 kill), Breitweser 5 (1 kill), Just 1 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 62 (24 assists), Just 5 (2 assists), Carlson 2 (1 assist), Michaelson 1.
Digs: Carlson 15, Just 8, Burlingame 8, Weaver 5, Scholz 3, Michaelson 2.
Assisted blocks: Breitweser 1, Scholz 1, Carlson 1, Weaver 1.
Serve receive: Just 14 for 14, Carlson 6 for 6, Michaelson 4 for 4, Burlingame 7 for 8.
Park Rapids statistics vs. D-G-F
Serving: Just 7 for 7 (1 ace), Scholz 4 for 6, Carlson 10 for 11 (1 ace), Weaver 16 for 16 (5 aces), Michaelson 4 for 5, Burlingame 3 for 4.
Service points: Weaver 10, Carlson 6, Just 4, Scholz 3, Michaelson 1, Burlingame 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 33 (10 kills), Carlson 20 (6 kills), Scholz 10 (3 kills), Burlingame 9 (3 kills), Weaver 7, Breitweser 4 (2 kills).
Sets: Weaver 62 (17 assists), Michaelson 4 (1 assist), Just 3 (2 assists), Burlingame 2, Carlson 1 (1 assist), Breitweser 1.
Digs: Carlson 13, Just 10, Weaver 8, Michaelson 7, Burlingame 6, Scholz 3, Breitweser 1.
Blocks: Carlson 1.
Serve receive: Just 7 for 7, Carlson 10 for 11, Michaelson 10 for 10, Burlingame 4 for 4.
Park Rapids statistics vs. W-H-A
Serving: Just 3 for 3, Scholz 5 for 7 (1 ace), Carlson 9 for 9 (2 aces), Weaver 6 for 6, Michaelson 5 for 6 (2 aces), Burlingmae 14 for 15.
Service points: Burlingame 11, Carlson 5, Scholz 3, Michaelson 3, Weaver 2.
Attacks: Carlson 32 (16 kills), Michaelson 28 (9 kills), Breitweser 11 (2 kills), Scholz 9 (4 kills), Burlingame 8, Weaver 5 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 74 (22 assists), Just 4 (1 assist), Carlson 4, Burlingame 1.
Digs: Burlingame 14, Carlson 12, Just 8, Michaelson 8, Weaver 6, Breitweser 2, Scholz 2.
Blocks: Breitweser 1.
Serve receive: Just 12 for 12, Carlson 5 for 5, Michaelson 11 for 11, Burlingame 7 for 8.
Park Rapids statistics vs. Melrose
Serving: Just 7 for 9, Scholz 9 for 11, Carlson 12 for 12 (2 aces), Weaver 9 for 9, Michaelson 13 for 15 (3 aces), Burlingame 6 for 7.
Service points: Michaelson 9, Carlson 7, Just 4, Scholz 4, Weaver 4, Burlingame 3.
Attacks: Carlson 30 (11 kills), Michaelson 29 (10 kills), Scholz 8 (4 kills), Burlingame 8 (3 kills), Breitweser 4 (1 kill), Weaver 3 (1 kill), Just 1.
Sets: Weaver 74 (22 assists), Just 4 (1 assist), Breitweser 2 (1 assist), Carlson 2, Burlingame 2, Michaelson 1.
Digs: Just 13, Carlson 11, Michaelson 11, Burlingame 10, Weaver 5, Breitweser 2.
Blocks (solo-assists): Carlson 2-0, Breitweser 1-1, Scholz 0-2, Weaver 0-1, Michaelson 0-2, Burlingame 0-2.
Serve receive: Just 8 for 12, Carlson 11 for 13, Michaelson 11 for 13, Burlingame 10 for 13.
Park Rapids statistics vs. Fosston
Serving: Just 5 for 5, Scholz 7 for 9 (1 ace), Carlson 14 for 14, Weaver 15 for 15, Michaelson 6 for 8 (1 ace), Burlingame 9 for 9 (2 aces).
Service points: Weaver 10, Carlson 7, Scholz 3, Burlingame 3, Michaelson 2, Just 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 44 (13 kills), Carlson 27 (9 kills), Scholz 15 (6 kills), Burlingame 13, Breitweser 11 (4 kills), Weaver 3.
Sets: Weaver 97 (27 assists), Just 7 (1 assist), Scholz 3, Michaelson 2 (1 assist), Carlson 2, Burlingame 1 (1 assist).
Digs: Carlson 20, Just 11, Michaelson 9, Weaver 8, Burlingame 8, Breitweser 2, Scholz 2.
Assisted blocks: Scholz 4, Breitweser 3, Michaelson 3, Burlingame 2, Carlson 1, Weaver 1.
Serve receive: Just 18 for 19, Carlson 13 for 14, Michaelson 13 for 14, Burlingame 3 for 3.

Panthers sweep Crosby-Ironton

Carlson (17) and Michaelson (13) combined for 30 kills in leading the Panthers to a 3-0 Mid-State Conference win over Crosby-Ironton at Crosby on Oct. 4.

Burlingame served two aces and 12 points while Weaver had 31 set assists for the Panthers, who had 43 kills with 10 hitting errors and four ace serves with nine service errors. Breitweser assisted on four blocks while Carlson (15), Just (11) and Michaelson (10) had double figures in digs as Park Rapids improved to 4-0 in conference play. Pequot Lakes and Detroit Lakes are both 3-1 in Mid-State matches.

Caitlyn Gutzman’s 19 digs and six kills apiece by Bailey Potter and Mya Decent led the Rangers, who fell to 0-4 in conference matches and 10-9 overall.

Park Rapids statistics
Serving: Just 12 for 12 (1 ace), Pike 1 for 1, Scholz 8 for 10, Carlson 12 for 14 (1 ace), Weaver 8 for 8, Michaelson 9 for 11, Burlingame 17 for 20 (2 aces).
Service points: Burlingame 12, Just 9, Carlson 9, Scholz 5, Michaelson 5, Weaver 3, Pike 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 30 (13 kills), Carlson 25 (17 kills), Scholz 10 (3 kills), Breitweser 8 (4 kills), Burlingame 8 (3 kills), Weaver 7 (2 kills), Benham 3 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 64 (31 assists), Breitweser 3 (1 assist), Pike 2 (1 assist), Just 2, Skadberg 1 (1 assist), Michaelson 1 (1 assist), Scholz 1.
Digs: Carlson 15, Just 11, Michaelson 10, Burlingame 8, Weaver 4, Scholz 2.
Assisted blocks: Breitweser 4, Weaver 2, Michaelson 2, Carlson 1, Burlingame 1.
Serve receive: Just 14 for 15, Skadberg 1 for 1, Carlson 4 for 5, Michaelson 13 for 14, Burlingame 4 for 6.