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Perham volleyball takes two at SW Minnesota Challenge

Perham volleyball head coach Eryn Moser has said they won’t shy away from competition. Her Yellowjackets competed in one of the state’s toughest volleyball tournaments when they went 2-3 overall at the Southwest Minnesota Challenge in Marshall, Minn., on Sept. 7 and 8.

The Yellowjackets dropped their first three matches of the tournament, but responded with victories over Owatonna and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, closing out the tournament. The victories improve the Yellowjackets season mark to 3-5 overall as they get ready for a contest with Frazee at the new Hive on Sept. 13.

Perham rebounded with a 25-15 and 25-16 win over Owatonna on the second day of the tournament. Bradlynn Gniffke finished with seven kills, while Stella Raser added five. Gracie DeBoer and Lily DeBoer had three kills each in the win.

Allie King finished with 11 set assists, while Lily DeBoer ended with 12.

Perham’s roll continued in its 25-14 and 25-14 victory over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. Gniffke finished with four kills while Lily DeBoer added three. King had seven set assists while DeBoer added six in the win.

The final day of the tournament started with a tough three-set defeat to Fergus Falls. The Otters edged out Perham 26-24, 27-29 and 15-10. DeBoer had eight kills, while Laura Alstadt added seven. Gniffke finished with six in the loss.

The Yellowjackets return home to take on the Frazee Hornets at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 at the Hive at the Perham High School gymnasium.

Minneota def. Perham (25-14, 25-20)

PER: Allie King 11SA, 9D; Laura Alstadt 2K, 2AS, 7D; Lily DeBoer 5K, 3SA, 2D; Rachel Muer 4K, 4D; Bradlynn Gniffke 3K, 1AS; Lisa Meader 15D, 3SA, 2AS; Ilona Raitis 1K.

Totino-Grace def. Perham (25-20, 25-15)

PER: King 11SA, 4D; Alstadt 1K, 1AS 3D; DeBoer 3K, 4SA, 1D; Muer 3K, 8D; Gniffke 5K, 2D; Meader 1SA, 7D; Raitis 3K; Stella Raser 2K.

Fergus Falls def. Perham (26-24, 27-29, 15-10)

PER: King 12SA, 11D; Alstadt 7K, 7D; Gracie DeBoer 3K; Lily DeBoer 8K, 15SA, 7D; Muer 2K, 2AS, 6D; Gniffke 6K, 1AS, 3D; Meader 17D; Grayce Mickelson 7D; Raser 9K, Tayler Parks 5D.

Perham def. Owatonna (25-15, 25-16)

PER: King 11SA, 1SA, 6D; Alstadt 1K; Gracie DeBoer 3K, 1SA; Lily DeBoer 3K, 12SA, 1AS; Muer 5K, 12D; Gniffke 7K, 1AS, 2D; Meader 8D; Mickelson 5D; Raser 5K.

Perham def. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (25-14, 25-14)

PER: King 7SA, 12D; Alstadt 2K, 1D; Lily DeBoer 3K, 6SA, 1AS, 4D; Muer 2K, 1SA, 8D; Gniffke 4K, 1AS, 1D; Meader 1SA, 1AS, 17D; Mickelson 7D; Katie Johnson 2D; Katie Zepper 1K; Mesa Schultz 1K; Raser 4K; Sydney Anderson 2D, 1AS.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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