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Michaelson, Carlson help Panthers pound Prowlers

Park Rapids volleyball team improves to 9-3 with home win over TRF

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Rilee Michaelson received a serve during Park Rapids' win over Thief River Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

After losing three times against some of the best teams in the state at the Class AA Showcase, the Park Rapids volleyball team regrouped to defeat Thief River Falls in a battle of Section 8AA rivals.

Rilee Michaelson and Kamree Carlson combined for 26 kills and the Panthers served 12 aces in coasting to a 25-9, 25-13, 25-9 victory at the Area High School gym on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

A kill by Michaelson, a tip by Katie Burlingame and an ace serve by Kendra Scholz knotted Set 1 at 5-5 before the Panthers took control. Kills by Michaelson, Carlson and Kayleah Breitweser made it 8-6 before Burlingame served five straight points aided by two Carlson kills and a kill by Michaelson. Kora Just served three points for a 17-7 advantage before two kills by Michaelson and an ace serve by Katelyn Weaver closed out the set.

Kills by Michaelson and Scholz, an ace serve by Carlson, two more kills by Michaelson, an ace serve by Scholz, a kill by Breitweser and two ace serves by Michaelson gave Park Rapids a 12-3 lead to start Set 2. A kill by Carlson, a block by Breitweser and Weaver, and three kills by Michaelson made it 19-9 before kills by Breitweser and Carlson closed out that set.

A kill by Scholz and two kills by Michaelson sparked the Panthers to a 6-3 lead in Set 3 before Weaver served an ace during a 7-0 run to extend the margin to 13-3. Michaelson had two kills, Weaver had a winning tip, and Scholz and Burlingame combined on a block during that span. Ace serves by Scholz and Burlingame and kills by Michaelson and Carlson produced a 20-7 advantage before kills by Carlson and Scholz ended the match.

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Breitweser and Scholz chipped in four kills each with Weaver tallying 33 set assists as the Panthers pounded down 38 kills while making only seven hitting errors. Scholz and Weaver served three aces each with Carlson and Weaver serving 10 points apiece.

On the defensive end, Carlson made eight digs while Just, Michaelson and Burlingame had six digs apiece as the Panthers improved to 4-1 against section teams and 9-3 overall.

The Prowlers fell to 2-4 against section opponents and 5-7 overall.

Hawley (10-1) and Roseau (9-4) join Park Rapids as the top teams in the north half of the section while Pequot Lakes (10-2) is the top team in the south half of the section and holds the state’s No. 9 ranking.

Park Rapids statistics
Serving: Just 9 for 9 (1 ace), Scholz 9 for 11 (3 aces), Carlson 15 for 16 (2 aces), Weaver 13 for 13 (3 aces), Michaelson 5 for 7 (2 aces), Burlingame 10 for 13 (1 ace).
Service points: Carlson 10, Weaver 10, Burlingame 9, Scholz 7, Just 5, Michaelson 3.
Attacks: Michaelson 24 (16 kills), Carlson 16 (10 kills), Scholz 9 (4 kills), Breitweser 6 (4 kills), Burlingame 6 (2 kills), Weaver 1 (1 kill), Benham 1 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 57 (33 assists), Just 1 (1 assist), Carlson 1, Burlingame 1.
Digs: Carlson 8, Just 6, Michaelson 6, Burlingame 6, Weaver 4, Scholz 2, Breitweser 1.
Blocks (solo-assists): Carlson 1-0, Scholz 0-2, Breitweser 0-1, Weaver 0-1, Michaelson 0-1, Burlingame 0-1.
Serve receive: Just 11 for 11, Carlson 6 for 6, Michaelson 7 for 9, Burlingame 5 for 5.

Panthers go 2-3 at AA Showcase

The Panthers suffered their first losses of the season by going 2-3 during the 12th annual Class AA Showcase at the Midwest Volleyball Warehouse at Burnsville on Sept. 20-21.

Park Rapids opened with a 2-0 loss (25-15, 25-16) to No. 5-rated Kasson-Mantorville before defeating Windom 2-1 (21-25, 25-11, 15-9) during Pool 2 play on Sept. 20.

The Panthers lost both matches in the Silver Pool, falling to No. 9 Pequot Lakes 2-1 (18-25, 25-16, 16-14) and Totino-Grace 2-1 (23-25, 25-17, 15-8). Park Rapids rebounded to defeat Jordan 2-0 (29-27, 31-29) in the Silver Pool fifth-place match to place 11th overall out of 18 teams.

The Panthers had 17 hitting errors as Michaelson (6), Scholz (5) and Carlson (4) combined for 15 kills in the loss to Kasson-Mantorville. Carlson served two aces while Just (9) and Michaelson (8) combined for 17 digs.

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Carlson’s 16 kills,11 digs, three ace serves and 12 service points led the Panthers past Windom. Park Rapids offset 18 attack errors with 33 kills as Weaver tallied 25 set assists and Michaelson had 13 kills. Just served 10 points and had 10 digs.

Michaelson’s 16 kills and Carlson’s 12 kills couldn’t offset 17 hitting errors and 14 service errors in the loss to Pequot Lakes. Carlson (15), Just (13), Michaelson (10) and Burlingame (10) had double figures in digs.

In the loss to Totino-Grace, Michaelson (16) and Carlson (9) combined for 25 kills with Weaver setting up 27 kills. The Panthers had only 10 hitting errors in that match. Carlson (13) and Just (12) had double digits in digs.

Park Rapids closed out the tournament with 35 kills and 13 hitting errors as Michaelson’s 17 kills and Carlson’s 11 kills sparked the win over Jordan. Burlingame served three aces while Carlson served 11 points. Weaver tallied 25 set assists while Just led the way with 24 digs. Carlson (17) and Weaver (10) combined for 27 digs.

Park Rapids statistics vs. Kasson-Mantorville
Serving: Just 5 for 5, Scholz 3 for 5, Carlson 9 for 9 (2 aces), Weaver 4 for 4, Michaelson 5 for 6, Burlingame 3 for 4.
Service points: Carlson 5, Michaelson 2, Just 1, Scholz 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 24 (6 kills), Carlson 20 (4 kills), Scholz 9 (5 kills), Breitweser 6, Burlingame 3 (1 kill), Weaver 2 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 49 (10 assists), Just 3 (1 assist), Carlson 3 (1 assist), Burlingame 2, Scholz 1, Michaelson 1.
Digs: Just 9, Michaelson 8, Carlson 6, Burlingame 6, Weaver 3, Scholz 2.
Assisted blocks: Breitweser 1, Scholz 1, Carlson 1, Burlingame 1.
Serve receive: Just 7 for 7, Carlson 13 for 13, Michaelson 8 for 10, Burlingame 10 for 12.
Park Rapids statistics vs. Windom
Serving: Just 15 for 15, Scholz 5 for 6 (1 ace), Carlson 18 for 19 (3 aces), Weaver 5 for 5, Michaelson 8 for 10 (2 aces), Burlingmae 11 for 13 (1 ace).
Service points: Carlson 12, Just 10, Burlingame 8, Michaelson 6, Scholz 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 29 (13 kills), Carlson 28 (16 kills), Scholz 6 (3 kills), Breitweser 5, Burlingame 5, Weaver 2 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 64 (25 assists), Carlson 4 (1 assist), Just 2 (1 assist), Michaelson 1.
Digs: Carlson 11, Just 10, Michaelson 9, Burlingame 7, Weaver 3, Scholz 1.
Assisted blocks: Scholz 2, Weaver 1, Michaelson 1.
Serve receive: Just 11 for 12, Carlson 6 for 6, Michaelson 9 for 11, Burlingame 11 for 12.
Park Rapids statistics vs. Pequot Lakes
Serving: Just 2 for 4, Scholz 6 for 10, Carlson 9 for 11, Weaver 8 for 11 (1 ace), Michaelson 7 for 9 (1 ace), Burlingame 10 for 11 (1 ace).
Service points: Burlingame 7, Carlson 5, Scholz 4, Weaver 4, Michaelson 3.
Attacks: Michaelson 41 (16 kills), Carlson 27 (12 kills), Weaver 9, Breitweser 8, Scholz 7 (1 kill), Burlingame 2 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 69 (27 assists), Just 4, Carlson 3 (1 assist), Scholz 2, Michaelson 2, Breitweser 1.
Digs: Carlson 15, Just 13, Michaelson 10, Burlingame 10, Weaver 5, Scholz 4.
Assisted blocks: Breitweser 3, Carlson 1, Weaver 1, Burlingame 1.
Serve receive: Just 15 for 16, Weaver 1 for 1, Michaelson 15 for 16, Burlingame 10 for 14.
Park Rapids statistics vs. Totino-Grace
Serving: Just 4 for 4, Scholz 10 for 11 91 ace), Carlson 8 for 11 (1 ace), Weaver 11 for 11 (1 ace), Michaelson 9 for 9, Burlingame 5 for 6.
Service points: Scholz 6, Weaver 5, Carlson 4, Michaelson 4, Burlingame 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 41 (16 kills), Carlson 28 (9 kills), Burlingame 8 (2 kills), Scholz 7 (1 kill), Weaver 5 (1 kill), Breitweser 4 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 81 (27 assists), Michaelson 4, Breitweser 3, Just 1, Carlson 1, Burlingame 1.
Digs: Carlson 13, Just 12, Burlingame 7, Michaelson 6, Weaver 4, Scholz 3.
Blocks (solo-assists): Scholz 1-0, Breitweser 0-1, Michaelson 0-1.
Serve receive: Just 17 for 19, Carlson 15 for 16, Michaelson 13 for 15, Burlingame 11 for 13.
Park Rapids statistics vs. Jordan
Serving: Just 7 for 7 (1 ace), Scholz 7 for 8 (1 ace), Carlson 17 for 19 (1 ace), Weaver 9 for 10, Michaelson 3 for 5, Burlingame 11 for 13 (3 aces).
Service points: Carlson 11, Burlingame 8, Scholz 4, Weaver 4, Just 1.
Attacks: Michaelson 50 (17 kills), Carlson 25 (11 kills), Scholz 12 (4 kills), Weaver 6 (1 kill), Burlingame 5 (1 kill), Breitweser 2, Just 1 (1 kill).
Sets: Weaver 75 (25 assists), Just 5 (2 assists), Carlson 3, Scholz 2, Michaelson 2 (1 assist), Breitweser 1, Burlingame 1.
Digs: Just 24, Carlson 17, Weaver 10, Burlingame 8, Michaelson 7, Scholz 2.
Blocks (solo-assists): Weaver 1-1, Michaelson 0-1.
Serve receive: Just 17 for 17, Carlson 6 for 7, Michaelson 9 for 13, Burlingame 6 for 10.

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Kamree Carlson (8) avoided a block for one of her 10 kills in Park Rapids' win over Thief River Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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