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Mathew Holding Eagle | Daily Journal

Shifting momentum: Fergus Falls volleyball player Hannah Prody gets the upper hand against the Breckenridge defender during Thursday’s volleyball tournament at Kennedy Secondary School Gold Gym.

The Fergus Falls volleyball team welcomed in several teams for its annual tournament Thursday. The Otters would struggle in pool play, but finished the afternoon with the bronze division title.

Fergus Falls was playing without senior starter Sabrina Fronning in the tournament, but saw several players step up and play well.

The Otters opened the tournament with a 25-20, 25-12 victory over the Hillcrest Comets. The next two games were tight but the Otters would fall in three sets, the first to Breckenridge (25-20, 23-25, 15-13) and Park Rapids (23-25, 27-26, 15-5).

Entering the bronze division, the Otters swept through the competition to the title, defeating Win-E-Mac (25-13, 25-19) and Pelican Rapids (25-20, 25-17).

“It’s not a terrible way to end the season but we wish we could have taken those close games in pool play,” Otters head coach Renee Erickson said. “I am very happy with the whole tournament. There was a lot of really good volleyball. To play those two teams (Breckenridge and Park Rapids) tough gives a lot of encouragement.”

Tori Ratz led the Otters on defense with 50 digs, while Kaia Strom had 116 set assists. Hannah Prody (37), Jade Zierden (33), Katie Strommen (23) Paige Pearson (13) were all in double figures in kills.

Fergus Falls was also strong from the service line as they recorded a 94% service rate. Strom and Zierden each recorded eight aces in the tournament.

The Otters will now wait to find out their seed in the section playoffs starting next week.

Pool Play Matches:

Fergus Falls def Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-0: 25-20, 25-12

Breckenridge def Fergus Falls 2-1: 25-20, 23-25, 15-13

Park Rapids def Fergus Falls 2-1: 23-25, 27-26, 15-5

Fergus Falls def Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-0: 25-20, 25-12

Park Rapids def Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-0: 25-14, 25-5

Breckenridge def Hillcrest Lutheran 2-0: 25-17, 25-9

Playoff Round Matches:

Gold Division

Pequot Lakes def Minnewaska 2-0: 25-11, 25-23

Pequot Lakes def Breckenridge 2-0: 25-18, 29-27

Minnewaska def Breckenridge 2-0: 25-20, 25-20

Silver Division

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley def Detroit Lakes 2-0: 25-23, 25-15

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley def Park Rapids 2-0: 25-22, 25-22

Detroit Lakes def Park Rapids 2-1: 20-25, 25-21, 15-9

Bronze Division:

Fergus Falls def Win-E-Mac 2-0: 25-13, 25-19

Fergus Falls def Pelican Rapids 2-0: 25-20, 25-17

Pelican Rapids def Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-0: 25-11, 25-23

Win-E-Mac def Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 2-0: 25-21, 25-13

Final Standings:

Champions – Pequot Lakes

Runner Up – Minnewaska

Third Place – Breckenridge

4th – Walker-Hackensack-Akeley

5th – Detroit Lakes

6th – Park Rapids

7th – Fergus Falls

8th – Pelican Rapids

9th – Win-E-Mac

10th – Hillcrest Lutheran Academy

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