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VOLLEYBALL: Bemidji sweeps Wadena-Deer Creek in home finale

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji volleyball team evened its record to .500 with a convincing 3-0 sweep over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday at the Bemidji High School gym.

The Lumberjacks won 25-9, 25-22 and 25-18,

The first game started with even play between the two teams before the Lumberjacks used a 9-1 run to take a 15-7 lead.

Emily Falldorf helped the Lumberjacks catch fire with three kills in that span; she finished the night with 10 kills.

Bemidji scored the last six points, with Talia Lucken serving to win the first game and cap off a 19-3 advantage. Lucken contributed a team-high 17 digs on the night.

“We came out and played that first game really strong,” Bemidji assistant coach Netti Homer said. “We knew Wadena was not going to take that all night long. (Wadena head coach Sue Volkmann) is a great coach and we knew that they were going to bounce back.”

Lucken picked up right where she left off as she put the Lumberjacks in front 4-0 in the second game.

The Wolverines bounced back later in the game with a 6-0 run with Mikaela Nordlund serving to grab a 19-17 lead.

Trailing by a score of 22-20, the Lumberjacks tallied the last five points with Myria Colley serving to take the second game. The game-winning point came on a kill from Claire Laasko following a lengthy volley between the two teams.

“It was nice that we were able to close that game out, but we need to find out how to keep pushing,” Homer said. “We are really working on not letting teams getting runs of points. We want to stop them at two or three and get the ball back.”

The back-and-forth action continued throughout the third game as neither team built a lead larger than two points until after Bemidji broke a 16-16 tie. The Lumberjacks scored nine of the next 11 points en route to the win to complete the sweep.

“If we would have been able to play the entire night like we did in game one, we would have been in control the entire night,” Homer said. “Obviously, there were times tonight where we weren’t in control, but give Wadena credit. They are a really scrappy team that kept fighting.”

Colley led the Lumberjacks with 19 kills on the night. She also joined Alexa Greendahl with 13 digs. Greendahl led the way with 38 assists.

Bemidji (10-10) will return to action tonight against Totino-Grace at 6:15 p.m. in a tournament hosted by Saint Michael-Albertville.

Wadena drops to 6-18 and will travel to the Alexandria tournament this weekend.