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Volleyball: Patriots sweep Little Falls on Monday

Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team continued its admirable season by sweeping Little Falls 3-0 in a non-conference match on Monday, Sept. 28. "Our team is off to a great start and I'm proud how our players have performed and responded to chang...

The Pequot Lakes volleyball team celebrates at point against Little Falls on Monday, Sept. 28. The Patriots swept the visiting Flyers. Photo by Pete Mohs
The Pequot Lakes volleyball team celebrates at point against Little Falls on Monday, Sept. 28. The Patriots swept the visiting Flyers. Photo by Pete Mohs

Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team continued its admirable season by sweeping Little Falls 3-0 in a non-conference match on Monday, Sept. 28.

"Our team is off to a great start and I'm proud how our players have performed and responded to changes in the lineup," said Pequot Lakes coach Kate Dale, whose squad improved to 16-2 overall. "We need to continue to play as a team and work hard to improve every match."

The Patriots won the first match 25-16 before edging the Flyers 25-23 in the second match and 25-22 for the sweep.

"Although we swept Little Falls, we did have a few lapses, and had to fight back to get the win. I like how we never give up, and are always fighting. We just want to avoid those lapses."

Brittny Bzdok downed 12 kills and Laura Squires posted 26 digs for the Patriots while teammate Morgan Lohmiller finished with 20 set assists, eight digs and six kills.

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Melanie Dorn finished with 12 kills, six set assists for the Flyers, who drop to 2-12.

The Patriots are scheduled to host Frazee on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Pequot Lakes 25 25 25

Little Falls 16 23 22

Pequot Lakes statistics: Amanda Nies 9 digs; Taya Salminen 3 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace serve, 1 block; Josie Florell 3 digs, 13 set assists; Brittny Bzdok 12 kills, 1 dig, 1 ace serve; Morgan Lohmiller 6 kills, 8 digs, 1 ace serve, 20 set assists; Clare Ganley 1 block; Corina Ruud 9 kills, 2 digs; Laura; Squires 26 digs, 1 ace serve; Samantha Littman 5 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks; Barbara Miller 1 kill, 5 digs, 1 ace serve, 2 set assists; Emily Stevens 4 digs

Patriots first at W-H-A

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Brittny Bzdok and Corina Ruud each had 37 kills as Pequot Lakes finished first at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Invitational.

The Patriots swept Northland Remer, Blackduck and Cass Lake in pool play before sweeping Deer River in the semifinals and Cass Lake-Bena in the title match.

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"This is the first time that we have played in the (W-H-A) tourney since I took over as head coach," said the Patriots' Kate Dale. "Although we played well all day on Saturday, and beat teams handily, we have to improve our play as a team in order to compete in the section."

Bzdok added 11 digs and a block and Ruud added 6 ace blocks and 4 digs for Pequot, which beat Northland Remer 2-0, Blackduck 2-0, Cass Lake-Bena 2-0, Deer River 2-0 and Pillager in the championship 2-0.

Morgan Lohmiller finished with 63 set assists, nine kills, 10 ace serves, five blocks and 15 digs for the Patriots.

Pequot Lakes statistics: Brittny Bzdok 37 kills, 1 block, 11 digs: Laura Squires 1 kill, 5 ace serves, 61 digs: Corina Ruud 37 kills, 6 ace blocks, 4 digs; Sam Littman 19 kills, 4 ace serves, 4 blocks, 5 digs; Morgan Lohmiller 63 set assists, 9 kills, 10 ace serves, 5 blocks, 15 digs; Barbara Miller 7 kills, 7 ace serves, 2 blocks, 6 digs: Amanda Nies 1 kill, 3 ace serves, 12 digs; Quinn Kratochvil 6 set assists,3 digs; Josie Florell 24 set assists, 8 digs; Karli Skog 1 set assist, 1 ace serve, 1 block and 1 dig; Taya Salminen 5 kills, 2 ace serves, 6 digs; Clare Ganley 10 kills, 4 ace serves, 6 digs

Patriots 3, Staples-Motley 0

On Thursday, Sept. 24, Bzdok had 12 kills in Pequot Lakes' Mid-State Conference win over the Cardinals. Morgan Lohmiller added 14 set assists, eight digs and three kills.

Staples-Motley 15 20 8

Pequot Lakes 25 25 25

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Pequot Lakes statistics: Amanda Nies 1 dig; Taya Salminen 2 kills, 1 ace serve, 1 block, 7 digs; Josie Florell 8 set assists, 1 dig; Brittny Bzdok 12 kills, 2 digs, 2 blocks; Quinn Kratochvil 2 set assists, 2 ace serves; Morgan Lohmiller 3 kills, 14 set assists, 8 digs, 1 block; Clare Ganley 1 kill; Corina Ruud 8 kills, 4 blocks; Laura Squires 3 ace serves, 8 digs; Samantha Littman 5 kills, 1 dig, 1 block; Barbara Miller 1 kill, 1 set assist, 4 ace serves, 3 digs, 1 block; Emily Stevens 1 dig

Sebeka 3, Patriots 1

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, Pequot Lakes' Brittny Bzdok knocked down nine kills and Morgan Lohmiller tallied 18 set assists, 16 digs and five kills in a 3-1 non-conference loss to the Trojans. Laura Squires totaled 20 digs and Samantha Littman knocked back five blocks for the Patriots.

Sebeka 23 25 25 25

Pequot Lakes 25 17 19 21

Pequot Lakes statistics: Amanda Nies 6 digs; Taya Salminen 4 digs, 2 kills; Josie Florell 7 digs, 10 set assists; Brittny Bzdok 9 kills, 10 digs, 2 ace serves, 3 blocks; Morgan Lohmiller 16 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace serve, 18 set assists, 5 kills; Clare Ganley 1 dig, 1 block, 1 kill; Corina Ruud 1 dig, 3 blocks, 7 kills; Laura Squires 20 digs; Samantha Littman 1 dig, 5 blocks, 6 kills; Barbara Miller 4 digs, 1 ace serve, 2 kills; Emily Stevens 5 digs

The Patriots' Sam Littman watches the play in a volleyball match against Little Falls on Monday, Sept. 28, in Pequot Lakes. Photo by Pete Mohs
The Patriots' Sam Littman watches the play in a volleyball match against Little Falls on Monday, Sept. 28, in Pequot Lakes. Photo by Pete Mohs

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