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Bemidji Tuesday sports roundup: Morehouse comes up big for Jacks volleyball in 3-0 win over Deer River

Bemidji's Jessica Yost, center, successfully spikes against Deer River defenders Maija Erzar, left, and Kari DeYoung, right, during the first game Tuesday. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Midway through the third game of Tuesday's volleyball match in Bemidji Deer River led the Jacks 15-12.

Bemidji had taken the first two games 25-14, 25-18 but the Warriors gave notice that they had no intention of being swept.

BHS outside hitter Kellie Morehouse, however, had other ideas.

During an eight-point span Morehouse delivered a pair of winning spikes and two winning tips. Those points enabled Bemidji to transform a 15-12 deficit into a 20-15 lead and spurred the Lumberjacks to a 26-24 victory and the home sweep.

"Kellie came on strong in the third game," said Bemidji coach Teresa Colligan. "She has the leap and she has the fire. That's the way she played in our (five-set) win at Perham to open the season."

Morehouse also dominated from the service line. The junior ripped seven aces include three in a row which turned the tide during the second game.

"Seven aces in a three-game match is huge," Colligan said.

Bemidji trailed only briefly in the first game Tuesday but four consecutive points with Morehouse at the line enabled BHS to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 advantage.

The Jacks eventually widened the cushion to 19-11 and a winning spike by Allie Heifort put the exclamation point on the 25-14 win.

"We used a new rotation Tuesday and we were able to get into a routine with it," Colligan said. "We felt comfortable with it."

The second game was up for grabs most of the way but Morehouse's run at the line helped BHS open an 18-12 cushion.

Once again, Heifort ripped a spike for the winning point.

But Deer River would not quit and Colligan never expected that the Warriors would.

"Deer River always has been known to be a very scrappy defensive team," Colligan said. "They make you work for every point you get."

The Lumberjacks had to rally to claim the third game as Deer River owned a 24-22 edge. The Jacks scored the final four points with Jess Yost contributing a spike during the run.

Bemidji is off until Friday and Saturday when it heads to Marshall for a tournament hosted by Southwest State.

Girls soccer team falls to EGF 3-1

Erin Booth scored with 16 minutes to play but East Grand Forks hung on for a 3-1 victory over the Bemidji girls soccer team Tuesday in Bemidji.

Booth found the inside of the right post from 10 yards out after taking a feed from Josie Spry.

The visitors owned a 3-0 lead at the time on the strength of a first-half goal and two markers early in the second stanza.

The final score would have been more lopsided had not Casey Palmer made 15 saves in the Bemidji net, many of them from close range.

"East Grand Forks was in the state tournament last year and is rated sixth in the Class A poll this fall," said BHS coach Kelly Schoonover. "They moved the ball very well against us but I thought we played well. I would like to see us have more of an attack but that is something we can work on."

Tuesday's loss dropped the Jacks to 2-3. They will try to even their record Thursday when they visit Crookston.

Boys soccer team ties Grand Rapids

Bemidji scored with six minutes remaining in regulation to tie the score at 1-1 and neither team scored in the two 5-minute overtimes.

The home team had taken a 1-0 lead midway through the first half but the Jacks drew even when Tony Smith took a feed from Zach Jones and rifled a 16-yard shot off the defenders and past the goalie.

"We were putting pressure on Grand Rapids the entire second half and we finally scored when Tony's shot bounced off a bunch of bodies," said Bemidji coach Rick Toward.

BHS goalie Carl Graefe finished with 14 saves, including a pair in the second overtime.

The Lumberjacks will return to the middle school field 5 p.m. Thursday when they host East Grand Forks.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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