Bemidji volleyball posted a third consecutive sweep victory with a comprehensive 3-0 win (25-15, 25-17, 25-8) over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the Jacks’ home opener Tuesday evening at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse.
In front of a spirited home crowd, the Lumberjacks started slowly in the opening set but leaned on the influential play of sophomore Mollie Rupp and a collection of service aces to find their footing. Rupp crashed in her fourth kill of the early points to help get Bemidji rolling after facing a 9-6 deficit.
The point kickstarted a run of nine in a row for the Lumberjacks, who were backed by crafty serving from Adie Potratz during the stretch. Margie Anderson followed with her own ace that helped Bemidji maintain its early edge.
The Rebels trimmed Bemidji’s lead to 15-13, but the Lumberjacks took 10 of the set’s final 12 points with contributions from Beth Bolte in attack and emphatic defense at the net from Rupp as well.
Jordan Pemberton served up the final point with yet another ace for the Lumberjacks, who capped a 25-15 victory in the opening game.
A sloppy start to the second was quickly pushed aside by the Lumberjacks, who trailed 6-3 and 8-6 at different points before kicking into high gear. Anderson went from setting provider to solo block artist to deny a quick chance at the net for DGF that came from a wayward pass.
Pemberton returned to the back line for another string of serves, piecing together two aces that helped fuel a run where Bemidji captured 13 out of 14 points to suddenly lead 19-9.
The run featured more of the offense-defense mix that the Lumberjacks featured during the night, as Rupp pounded down another kill while Brooklyn Saiger notched a block as part of a final 25-17 scoreline in the game.
Bemidji closed out the match with a completely dominant third set, flying to a 9-1 lead behind a long serving streak by Bolte. Another contribution from Pemberton came on a perfectly angled shot over the net and past the DGF block.
Potratz matched Pemberton’s team-best five aces with another terrific serve during the third that stretched the lead further.
Big swings were provided all throughout the set across the Lumberjacks’ front line, including a powerful blast from Bolte that the Rebels’ block could not contain.
The Lumberjacks have captured three consecutive sweep victories to improve to 3-1 heading into a major Section 8AAAA test against rivals Moorhead on Thursday evening. Gametime is scheduled for 6pm at the Bemidji High School Fieldhouse, with pregame at 5:40 on KBUN-FM 104.5 and Lumberjacks1 at kbunsportsradio.com.
Postgame interview with Bemidji head coach Alicia Kriens: