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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels take down Wrens, fight Vikings

 

November 2, 2017

Al Rose

Rebel Ruby Mohelsky had six kills, two ace serves and one block assist in the October 25 game against the Wrenshall Wrens.

It appeared the third-seeded 14-9 Moose Lake-Willow River girls would get their sixth sweep of the 2017 season, but the Section 7A Subsection 1 second-round match against 13-11 and sixth-seeded Wrenshall required four sets to take down the Wrens with a 3-1win in Moose Lake on Wednesday, October 25. Additionally, it was the first time in a number of years that the Rebels had been seeded high to earn the honor of hosting a second-round match.

The set scores were 25-14, 25-16, 23-25, 25-23. Serving continued to be a strong suit for the Rebels with a factor of plus-11. MLWR fired 14 aces against eight service errors. The Wrens had five aces, but 10 service errors.

Wrenshall's two five-foot, 11 inch junior middle hitters played very good all-around volleyball to top MLWR in the third set and made the Rebels work hard for the win in the fourth set.

Lauren Pederson, MLWR's most consistent all-around player throughout the season, closed her home-court career with her second-highest double-double. Pederson had 12 kills and 10 digs. She added one ace serve and one block assist. DonnaMase Smith, was well-above her 6.5 per set average as she ran the Rebels' one-setter offense with a career-high 39 set assists (9.75 per set). Smith added eight digs. Jamie Benzie had one of her best matches as she notched a double-double with 11 kills and 14 digs and she added an ace. Josie Benzie, the career school-record holder with more than 1000 digs, had 22 ups and the area leader in serve percentage at .987 added two aces. Maddie Olson had 11 kills and two assisted blocks. Ruby Mohelsky had one of her best matches with six kills, two aces and one block assist. Suzy Grutkoski had four kills, four digs and two aces. Adre Dobosenski paced the Rebels' servers with four aces.

The Wrens' twin towers, Cheyanne Carlson and Emily Adkins, had 16 kills, three blocks and 31 digs and 10 kills, five blocks and 28 digs, respectively. Paige Johnson had 36 set assists.

Rebels fight Vikings

The 15-9 ML/WR Rebels, with their best record in years, fought to avoid a sweep against a very good and second-seeded 19-5 Cook County Vikings team in Section 7A quarterfinal action in Grand Marais on Friday, October 27.

The Rebels had only three losses to Class A team during the regular-season. One defeat was a 1-3 loss against the top-seeded 22-5 Carlton Bulldogs and the other was a 3-0 sweep by the Vikings. Cook County's two-setters, big hitters, blockers and diggers were forced to work for four sets for the win. The set scores were 25-10, 25-19, 23-25, 25-22.

The Vikings' setters combined for 44 assists. The top three hitters and blockers totaled 42 kills and six blocks. Cook County's top four diggers had 84 ups.

The 20-5 Vikings did not provide any individual statistics for the 15-10 Rebels of 2017 who were 13-14 in 2016.

 

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