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Patriots enjoy milestone night in sweeping C-I

It was a night of team and individual milestones when the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team finished the regular season by sweeping Crosby-Ironton 25-7, 25-10, 25-5 on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Morgan Lohmiller, center, is congratulated by her parents, Kari and Chip, after reaching 1,000 career set assists on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Crosby-Ironton. Submitted photo
Morgan Lohmiller, center, is congratulated by her parents, Kari and Chip, after reaching 1,000 career set assists on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Crosby-Ironton. Submitted photo

It was a night of team and individual milestones when the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team finished the regular season by sweeping Crosby-Ironton 25-7, 25-10, 25-5 on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

As a team, the Patriots clinched their first Mid-State Conference title in recent history after finishing with a 4-0 record in Mid-State matches while conference runner-up Park Rapids was 3-1.

"I'm not sure when the last time Pequot Lakes was the conference champion in volleyball, maybe in the mid-1990s," said Pequot Lakes coach Kate Dale, whose squad also improved to 24-4 overall. "It was a good regular season. Now we'll see if we can go deep into the post-season."

Individually, Tuesday's match was also a memorable night for Morgan Lohmiller, who recorded her 1,000th career set assist. The senior began the night just seven set assists short of the milestone, and finished with 10 in the match.

"For Morgan to get 1,000 set assists is fantastic, especially since she has always played in the 6-2 system, which means she is only setting half of the time," Dale said. "Crosby showed excellent sportsmanship. They stopped the game and (former C-I coach) Barb Neprud, who was the announcer, told the crowd that Morgan had 1,000 set assists. We then presented Morgan with a special volleyball and took pictures."

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It was the second individual milestone for the Patriots in the past 10 days since teammate Laura Squires surpassed career 1,000 digs on Oct. 10.

Also against the Rangers, Brittny Bzdok smacked 10 kills and Laura Squires 10 digs. The Rangers dropped to 1-3 in the conference and 10-16 overall.

The 24 victories is one of the top regular season records in program history for the Patriots, but now the team turns its focus on the postseason.

Pequot Lakes is seeded No. 2 in the South Subsection 8AA playoffs and will host No. 7 Fergus Falls (3-24) in a first round game on Thursday, Oct. 29. If they win, the Patriots would host a subsection semifinal between the winner of No. 6 Crosby-Ironton and No. 3 Barnesville on Friday, Oct. 30.

Pequot Lakes 25 25 25

Crosby-Ironton 7 10 5

Pequot Lakes statistics: Amanda Nies 2 digs; Taya Salminen 3 kills, 2 digs, 1 block; Josie Florell 1 dig, 2 set assists; Brittny Bzdok 3 ace serves, 10 kills, 1 dig; Quinn Kratochvil 3 set assists; Karli Skog 2 ace serves, 2 kills, 5 digs, 2 blocks, 3 set assists; Morgan Lohmiller 10 set assists, 5 ace serves, 4 kills, 5 digs; Clare Ganley 1 kill; Corina Ruud 4 kills, 3 blocks; Laura Squires 3 ace serves, 10 digs; Samantha Littman 2 ace serves, 1 dig, 3 blocks; Emily Stevens 3 digs; Britt Kratochvil 1 ace serve

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