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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Lumberjacks chop Rebels' winning streak


September 19, 2019

Bethany Helwig

Rebels' defenders Sarah Christy (left) and Maddy Prachar go to block a spike by the Cloquet Lumberjacks.

The Rebels hosted the Cloquet Lumberjacks on September 10, for a game of three sets dominated by the Lumberjacks who won 0-3.

The Lumberjacks started out the first set with a short serving streak ended by a tip over the net by Rebels' DonnaMae Smith. The Rebels managed to score some points but the Lumberjacks kept the lead with their servers pounding the back row with missile strikes. The Rebels weren't able to find their stride and appeared to have communication issues on the court. Lumberjacks took the first set 13-25.

At the beginning of the second set, a pair of Rebels had a collision going for the ball. The Lumberjacks attacked the back row with their spikes, the brunt of the heat being taken by Rebels' Skyla Thompson and Ally Jensen-Fichtner who each made impressive saves. With the amount of power put out on the court, a number of balls went hurtling into the stands (this reporter had near misses twice). The Rebels managed to claw their way back up on the scoreboard, tying it up 16-16 after Thompson dashed for a wild save. Lumberjacks' Breea Rasmussen's "targeted strike" serves continued to slam the court, and Thompson was floored at one point after being on the receiving end. The Lumberjacks took the set 21-25.

The Rebels fought tooth and nail to keep the Lumberjacks at bay in the third set. They had a noisy cheer squad in the stands made of the Rebels football team and a player did push-ups for each point whenever the volleyball team scored. Thompson made another save on a ball that was almost at the gym wall and Rebels' Ellen Anderson made a resounding block heard round the world. Despite their best efforts, the Lumberjacks would not be deterred and took the third set 17-25.

Rebels' DonnaMae Smith ended the game with 18 set assists and 2 kills, and Skyla Thompson with 6 kills and 8 digs.


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