A late push to take the first set sent hosts Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on the way to a 3-0 defeat of Bemidji (25-22, 25-17, 25-19) in a volleyball match Tuesday evening at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School.
The Lumberjacks started brightly on the back of good serving and struggles in the same aspect for the Rebels to build a 12-7 lead in the opening set. Good hitting provided points as well with Beth Bolte putting a good shot along the sideline for a point.
The junior’s defense then contributed another point later on an emphatic block that landed in play beyond the entire DGF contingent on the floor.
After putting together five consecutive points to knot the set at 12, the Rebels held off a late push from Bemidji–courtesy of two Lynsy Baumgart aces that helped tie the match at 22–to win the set with three consecutive points.
Middle hitting helped put Bemidji into a small lead early in the second set with a pair of kills offered by Elizabeth Oster and Alli Lillquist.
Lillquist also showcased some strong defense with a solo block later that stemmed the tide of an increasingly effective Rebel attack.
The hosts seized control of the second midway through with their increasing effectiveness in attack and rolled to a 25-17 result to go up two sets.
For the first time in the evening, Bemidji found itself playing catch-up from the start of a set in the third. Kennedy Smith was impactful early in the game with several good swings in attack on the outside.
Despite going down by six points at various stages, the Lumberjacks chipped away with some more service help from Jody Pemberton.
Bolte showcased some more ability in both defense and attack to help pick up another point with the Lumberjacks closing the deficit down to one late.
The Rebels finished on a 5-0 burst to finish out the third and the match with a 25-19 victory.
Bemidji drops back to .500 with a 3-3 mark heading into another trip west, this time to face Section 8AAAA foe Moorhead on Thursday evening at 7pm.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Alicia Kriens: