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BHS volleyball wins fourth straight

The Bemidji High volleyball team staged another comeback Thursday, winning the final three games to spill Detroit Lakes 3-1 at the field house.

The more than 300 fans witnessed a carbon copy of Tuesday's win over Deer River.

Bemidji struggled through the opening game and through the early stages of the second before taking command and going on to win 17-25, 25-9, 25-20 and 25-21.

It lifted Bemidji to 4-1 entering play today at the giant 32-team Southwest State Invitational at Marshall.

Bemidji will open at 6:15 tonight at Southwest Minnesota State University against Eastview of Apple Valley.

It will play again at 8:45 against Litchfield or Bismarck Century. Another 16 games will be played at Marshall High School .

Another three rounds are set for Saturday.

DL came out strong in the first game, holding Bemidji to only six earned points and profiting from a string of mistakes by the home team.

A run of six midway through the game opened a 15-6 lead which Bemidji never made up, coming within five at 16-11 before the Lakers out scored Bemidji 7-1 to put the game to bed.

Four of Bemidji's points came on DL service faults. Bemidji had none.

The scoring came on two points by Megan Larson, Ashley Hirt and Meg Claypool.

It was a different story in Game 2.

Bemidji widened a 6-5 lead with string of four behind Brooke Homer and later added seven straight with Claypool at the line to lead 18-7 and coasted home. Kelsey Heisler drove home the final point with a monster spike.

There were no service faults in the game. Bemidji held a 15-5 shots a advantage with Heisler getting five kills, Ashley Hirt three and Kayla Hirt two.

Bemidji trailed through much of the third game. DL ran six unanswered points early to go ahead 9-5 and later used a string of three to take a 13-10 lead

But Bemidji got the lead with a four point run behind Amber Teal at 16-14 and broke a 20-20 tie in the late going with the final five points behind Claypool.

Bemidji held a 14-8 lead in earned points. Ashley Hirt had four. Larson three and Heisler and Kayla Hirt two.

The final game was also a back and forth tussle. DL ran four to tie at 9-9 and later ran five to go ahead 14-12.

But Bemidji scored nine of the next 11 points the last five with Homer serving, to go ahead 23-16 and held off the late DL rally to score the final point on a Laker error.

Bemidji led in earned points 13-7 with Claypool netting four and Kayla and Ashley Hirt, Heisler and Abby Hendricks two.

Megan Gullickson led in set assists with 19 while Homer added nine. Ashley Hirt had eight digs and Teal 6.

The JV and B Teams also won to reach 4-1. The JV won two marathon 27-25 games. The B Team had easier going in a 25-10, 25-12 decision.

The freshmen fell 20-25, 25-19, 15-12 to drop to 2-2.

Those three teams play at Crookston Monday.