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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels beat Panthers


October 5, 2017

Al Rose

Jamie Benzie led the Rebels with 11 kills and 23 digs on Thursday, September 28 in Moose Lake.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels used communication and cooperation to spread the ball around with three girls in the double digits in the kills category to beat a good blocking and digging South Panthers team 3-1 in Moose Lake on Thursday, September 28.

The game scores in the one and one-half hour match were 25-23, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17. The Rebels improved to an overall record of 8-5 (6-3 in regular-season matches).

Jamie Benzie had her best match of the season as she notched a double-double with 11 kills and she racked up 23 digs. Lauren Pederson also had a double-double with 10 kills and 17 digs. Maddie Olson had 10 kills and one solo block. Ruby Mohelsky contributed seven kills to the shared attack and she had one assisted block. Josie Benzie helped steady the defense with 16 digs. Suzy Grutkoski added four kills and three digs. Adre Dobosenski had one kill and six digs.

DonnaMae Smith, a sophomore setter, kept charge of the offense and she was credited with 37 set assists and she helped out the defense with four digs. Smith tipped twice for points and she combined with Mohelsky for one assisted block. Ellen Aderson, Kjersten Weisert and Kennedy Janke each got some late-match playing time, with Janke getting two digs.

The Rebels had good results serving. MLWR had nine ace serves against four service errors as compared to five aces against four service errors for the Panthers. Smith had four aces, including spanking two, to polish off the win in the first game and one for the win in the third game. Pederson and Mohelsky each had two aces and Dobosenski added one ace.

The cooperative effort was evident right from the start as the Rebels kept battling back after being down five points to win the first game 25-23. Jamie Benzie and Maddie Olson each had three kills. Pederson had two kills and Smith tipped a winner in the game.

Although MLWR lost the second game 20-25, six separate girls tried to hit through the blocking of South Ridge and to keep pace with the Panthers' kills.

Five separate girls split the kills and the digs for the 25-21 win in the third game.

It was another five and five split between girls in the fourth game. The Rebels, with continued success in switching it up to progressively decrease the effectiveness of the Panthers' blocking, kept taking advantage of Jamie Benzie's already strong performance. It paid dividends as the sophomore outside hitter had six kills, including five in a row. She balanced her evening's outstanding effort with five digs in a row in the final game.

The Rebels travel to Silver Bay to Thursday, October 5, with early start times of 5:15 p.m. for the JV and approximately 6:30 p.m. for the varsity.

MLWR hosts the Floodwood Polar Bears on Tuesday, October 10, at 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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