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The Bemidji volleyball team is 2-0 on the season and the Lumberjacks have definitely earned both victories.

Last Friday BHS hung on for a 3-2 win at Perham and Thursday the Jacks duplicated the feat at home against Detroit Lakes, rallying for a 25-19, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-8 win.

"It's good to see that we can come out on top in five-game matches," said Bemidji coach Teresa Colligan. "Thursday we were down 2-1 in games but you could tell that those fourth and fifth games were going to be ours. You could tell that the players had the desire and that they didn't want to lose."

Prior to the match the Lumberjacks didn't know if sophomore Jess Yost would be able to play. Yost sprained her ankle during the Perham match and the injury wasn't expected to be sufficiently healed to make her available for Detroit Lakes.

During Thursday's warm-up, however, Yost said she could play and Colligan inserted her into the lineup when her spot rotated to the net.

Yost was noticeably cautious with the injured ankle early in the match but her confidence and ability to maneuver increased as the match progressed. By the fifth game she appeared to be playing near full capacity.

The team's play followed a similar pattern.

"Each game we saw improvement with certain things," Colligan said. "We kept getting better and better. We still saw mix-ups on the court but we will learn.

"This isn't the time of the year that you want to peak," the coach continued. "Our goal now is to begin to jell and improve each week."

Bemidji will resume its schedule Tuesday when it entertains Deer River at 7:15 p.m. This weekend the Lumberjacks will head to Marshall for a Friday-Saturday tournament hosted by Southwest State.

Bemidji will take a 2-2 record into today's game at Grand Rapids and coach Rick Toward is hoping to see continued improvement from his players.

After opening the fall with a pair of losses BHS reached .500 with a 4-1 victory over Detroit Lakes and Thursday's 8-0 shutout at Walker. Today's test, however, will be tougher.

"Against Walker we were able to possess the ball and spread it around to our midfielders," Toward said. "We are back at .500 but today it will be time for us to step up our game against a very good team when we play at Grand Rapids."

Thursday finds BHS hosting East Grand Forks at 5 p.m. and Saturday the Jacks will make the long trip to Two Harbors.

The girls team will try to snap a two-game losing streak today when it hosts East Grand Forks at 5 p.m.

After opening with victories over Little Falls and Walker the Jacks have lost to Moorhead and Detroit Lakes, the latter setback coming Thursday in Bemidji.

Bemidji outshot Detroit Lakes 35-17 but the Lakers made better use of their opportunities.

"I was disappointed with the game against Detroit Lakes," said Bemidji head coach Kelly Schoonover.

"We had twice as many shots as Detroit Lakes and we controlled the game but we just didn't come out on top. We didn't take advantage of our opportunities."

This week also sees the Lumberjacks visiting Crookston on Thursday and heading to St. Cloud Cathedral Saturday.

Fresh off Friday's down-to-the-wire 28-21 home victory over Moorhead the BHS football team will entertain Fergus Falls 7 p.m. Friday at Chet Anderson Stadium.

Friday night Fergus Falls dropped its season opener 13-6 to St. Cloud Apollo.

Bemidji led the entire way against Moorhead but the victory wasn't assured until Cody Rutledge intercepted a pass at the Bemidji 25-yard-line in the final minute.

"So often the Bemidji-Moorhead game comes down to the final play," said coach Troy Hendricks. "This time we were fortunate to win."

The cross-country teams will compete at Greenwood Golf Course 4 p.m. Friday in a meet hosted by Bemidji State University.

Bemidji has been off since Aug. 30 when both the boys and girls squads placed fourth at Moorhead.

The Bemidji swimming and diving team will own the home spotlight Saturday when it stages the Bemidji Invitational.

Among the teams expected to participate are Detroit Lakes, Mesabi East, Warroad, Moorhead, Willmar, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Fosston, Grand Forks Red River, Grand Forks Central and Roseau.

The action will begin at 9 a.m.

The Bemidji girls tennis team is not scheduled to compete this week. The Lumberjacks will return to action Sept. 14 at the Detroit Lakes Triangular. BHS will face the home team and East Grand Forks in the tournament.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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