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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

MLWR downs Floodwood in five


October 19, 2017

Al Rose

Rebel DonnaMae Smith had 32 set assists and two ace serves.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels used ace serves in a five-set marathon match to help down the Floodwood Polar Bears 3-2 in Moose Lake on Tuesday, October 10. The set scores in the two-hour match were 22-25, 25-13, 19-25, 25-13 and an almost unheard of skunk.

The Rebels took advantage of six aces in a row by Jamie Benzie to roll to a very rare 15-1 win in the fifth and deciding set. The Rebels improved to an overall record of 12-7 while the Polar Bears dropped to a record of 8-15.

Serving accuracies by the teams clearly stood out with a plus-12 factor for MLWR. The Rebels racked up 14 aces against seven errors. Floodwood had only six aces against 11 errors. MLWR's digging was also important as the Rebels had a very strong team effort with a total of 80 digs. The Polar Bears certainly came to play and their strong hitting, good blocking and decent digging kept MLWR somewhat out of sync and occasionally a bit flustered.

Sophomore setter DonnaMae Smith was often busy digging and it made it noticeably challenging to run the Rebels' one-setter offense. Smith shored up the defense with 18 digs, but she was still able to pop up and put up 32 set assists. Smith added two ace serves. Lauren Pederson was just shy of a double-double with nine kills and 12 digs. She added three solo blocks and was 13X13 serving. Jamie Benzie came reasonably close to earning a very difficult triple-double as she had nine kills and eight digs to go along with a total of eight aces. Josie Benzie had 26 digs and was 17X17 serving. Defensive specialist Adre Dobosenski had her best match of the season with 11 digs and three aces. Maddie Olson had her three-match string of double-digit kills snapped as she was limited to eight put-aways by Floodwood's pesky front patrol. Olson countered some of the stuffs as she was a co-leader with Pederson with three solo blocks each. Ruby Mohelsky had six kills and one block. Suzy Grutkoski helped support the cause with four kills, two ace serves and one block.


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