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PL volleyball team wins Pine And Lakes

The Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated Pine River Backus 25-19 and 25-13 at the Pine And Lakes volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Pine River.

The Patriots advanced to the championship match by defeating Cass Lake-Bena 25-13, 25-27, 15-10, and topping Mahnomen 25-18, 7-25, 15-12.

"We played well at times in winning the first two games," said Pequot Lakes coach Kate Dale, whose team finished third last year at the tournament after losing to Onamia in the semifinals. "In the championship match, I told the girls they needed to be more consistant against a good Pine River-Backus team. And they responded well. They didn't let up."

The tournament win is a nice reward for the young Patriots, who lost seven players to graduation and two more to injuries.

"Losing that many players takes its toll," Dale said, "but we've been switching things around, and we're starting to come together."

Pequot Lakes was led individually by Morgan Lohmiller with 14 kills and 20 set assists; Vanessa Lane with 15 kills and 10 digs; and Katie White with 12 kills and 39 set assists.

Pequot Lakes is scheduled to play at Pierz on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and then host Wadena-Deer Creek on Thursday, Sept. 12. Admission will be free for the match against the Wolverines in the new Pequot Lakes school gymnasium.

Pequot Lakes statistics:

Ashley Abear 3 kills, 30 Digs; Justyne Litzau 7 kills, 1 ace serve, 12 digs

Amanda Nies 34 digs; Morgan Lohmiller 14 kills, 1 ace serve, 13 digs, 2 blocks, 20 set assists; Mariah Reed 1 block; Vanessa Lane 15 kills, 2 ace serves, 10 digs, 6 blocks; Laura Squires 9 kills, 3 ace serves, 33 digs, 1 block, 1 set assist; Katie White 12 kills, 4 ace serves, 16 digs, 1 Block, 39 set assists; Barbara Miller 8 kills, 2 ace serves, 6 Digs, 1 block, 1 set assist; Emilee Buell 1 kill, 1 dig, 1 block.

Patriots 3, Pillager 0

Ashley Abear and Laura Squires each registered 12 digs for Pequot Lakes as they defeated the Huskies 25-22, 25-21 and 25-24 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Pillager.

Katie White added 19 set assists for the Patriots. Carly Bell had 21 digs for the Huskies.

Pequot Lakes statistics:

Ashley Abear 3 set assists, 12 digs, 1 kill; Justyne Litzau 2 ace serves, 1 set assists, 7 digs, 4 blocks; Amanda Nies 1 set assist, 3 digs; Jessica Nies 2 set assists; Morgan Lohmiller 4 ace serves, 10 set assists, 2 digs, 2 kills, 5 blocks; Vanessa Lane 1 set assists, 2 digs, 2 ace serves, 4 kills, 8 blocks; Laura Squires 1 set assist, 12 digs, 1 kill, 1 block; Katie White 1 ace serve, 19 set assists, 4 digs, 5 kills; Barbara Miller 2 set assists, 1 dig, 3 blocks; Emilee Buell 3 blocks