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Panthers eliminate W-DC, fall to Perham

Olivia Strand, Ella VonRuden and Maria Rutten combined for 30 kills as Perham eliminated the Park Rapids volleyball team from the Section 8AA tournament with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 victory Friday night at Perham.

Jaiden McCollum
Park Rapids’ Jaiden McCollum (11) tipped the ball over the block attempt by Wadena-Deer Creek’s Kennedy Gravelle during Thursday’s match.

     Olivia Strand, Ella VonRuden and Maria Rutten combined for 30 kills as Perham eliminated the Park Rapids volleyball team from the Section 8AA tournament with a 25-15, 25-20, 25-13 victory Friday night at Perham.

     The Yellowjackets, who were the No. 1 seed in the south half of the section, used quick starts and strong finishes to advance to the subsection finals.

     In Set 1, Perham jumped out to a six-point advantage before the Panthers closed the lead to 12-10. The Yellowjackets went on a 13-5 run to close out the set.

     Perham jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Set 2 before the Panthers responded with an 11-6 run to cut the gap to 12-11. The set stay closed until Perham scored back-to-back points after claiming a 23-20 lead.

     In Set 3, the Yellowjackets dominated in taking an 11-2 lead before the Panthers rallied to cut the gap to 17-13. Serena Langen then served eight straight points to close out the match.

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     Strand had 11 kills, VonRuden had 10 kills, Rutten had nine kills and Langen served six aces as Perham improved to 25-5.

     Jaiden McCollum’s eight kills, Madisen Wagner’s six kills, Kamree Carlson’s five kills, Kennedy Carlson’s 26 set assists, and seven service points apiece by Kennedy Carlson and Taylor Hilmanowski led the Panthers’ offense. Kaisa Coborn had 10 digs while Kennedy Carlson and Emily Dean had nine digs apiece for the Panthers, who were the No. 4 seed. Park Rapids ended the season with an 11-13-1 record.

 

Park Rapids statistics

Attacks: Jerger 14 (4 kills), Ke. Carlson 2, Coborn 12 (2 kills), Hilmanowski 1, Ka. Carlson 13 (5 kills), Wagner 20 (6 kills), Dean 5 (2 kills), McCollum 27 (8 kills), Michaelson 6 (2 kills).

Serving: Jerger 6 for 7, Ke. Carlson 10 for 10 (2 aces), Coborn 7 for 7 (1 ace), Hilmanowski 11 for 12 (2 aces), Ka. Carlson 5 for 5, McCollum 9 for 10.

Service points: Ke. Carlson 7, Hilmanowski 7, McCollum 4, Ke. Carlson 2, Jerger 1, Coborn 1.

Assisted blocks: Jerger 1, Michaelson 1.

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Digs: Coborn 10, Ke. Carlson 9, Dean 9, Hilmanowski 5, Wagner 5, McCollum 4, Ka. Carlson 3, Jerger 2, Buyer 1.

Sets: Ke. Carlson 79 (26 assists), Dean 9 (1 assist), Coborn 4, Hilmanowski 1, Ka. Carlson 1, Wagner 1, McCollum 1, Michaelson 1.

Serve receive: Byer 13 for 16, Jerger 3 for 4, Coborn 17 for 18, Hilmanowski 9 for 10, Ka. Carlson 3 for 5, Dean 6 for 10.

 

Panthers defeat Wolverines

     The Panthers opened the section tournament with an impressive 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 win over No. 5 Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at the Area High School gym.

     In Set 1, two kills by McCollum, an ace serve by Hilmanowski, a kill by  Kamree Carlson, and a kill and ace serve by Brooke Jerger tied the match at 11-11. After W-DC took a 17-13 lead, three kills by McCollum and a tip by Kennedy Carlson on Hilmanowski’s serve gave the Panthers a 19-17 advantage. A kill by Kamree Carlson, a block by Jerger and two kills by Wagner closed out the set.

     Four kills apiece by McCollum and Kamree Carlson, a kill by Jerger and two ace serves by Coborn sparked the Panthers to a 20-12 lead in Set 2. Kills by McCollum, Kamree Carlson and Jerger closed out that set.

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     A pair of kills by McCollum, a kill by Wagner and an ace serve by Hilmanowski gave the Panthers an 8-4 lead in Set 3. W-DC responded with a 17-9 run to claim a 21-17 lead despite two kills apiece by McCollum and Jerger and a kill by Coborn. The Panthers closed out the match with an 8-1 run behind two kills by Wagner, a kill by McCollum and two aces by Coborn.

     McCollum led the Panthers with 19 kills while Kamree Carlson added 10 kills. Hilmanowski served 11 points and Kennedy Carlson tallied 34 set assists and led the way with 13 digs.

     W-DC ended the season with a 6-22-1 record.

 

Park Rapids statistics

Attacks: Jerger 12 (6 kills), Ke. Carlson 4 (1 kill), Coborn 3 91 kill), Hilmanowski 1 (1 kill), Ka. Carlson 26 (10 kills), Wagner 25 (6 kills), Dean 5 (1 kill), McCollum 37 (19 kills).

Serving: Jerger 14 for 15 (3 aces), Ke. Carlson 7 for 7, Coborn 14 for 15 (4 aces), Hilmanowski 16 for 17 (2 aces), Ka. Carlson 8 for 9, McCollum 11 for 11.

Service points: Hilmanowski 11, Coborn 9, Jerger 7, McCollum 5, Ka. Carlson 3, Ke. Carlson 1.

Blocks (solo-assists): Jerger 1-2, McCollum 0-4, Ke. Carlson 0-3, Dean 0-2, Wagner 0-1.

Digs: Ke. Carlson 13, McCollum 9, Ka. Carlson 8, Coborn 7, Jerger 6, Hilmanowski 6, Dean 6, Byer 5, Wagner 2.

Sets: Ke. Carlson 94 (34 assists), Dean 8 (2 assists), Jerger 2 (1 assist), Ka. Carlson 2 (1 assist), Hilmanowski 1 (1 assist), Wagner 1, McCollum 1.

Serve-receive: Byer 11 for 11, Jerger 3 for 3, Coborn 12 for 13, Hilmanowski 4 for 4, Ka. Carlson 4 for 4, Dean 16 for 19, McCollum 1 for 1.

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