FARGO, N.D. — The learning curve continues for the Devils Lake High School volleyball team.
For the second straight outing Devils Lake dropped a three-set match to one of the top teams in North Dakota. After being swept last week by Fargo Davies, Fargo North took care of the Firebirds with a 3-0 win on Tuesday in Fargo. The Spartans won 25-12, 25-12, 25-20.
Despite the loss, DLHS coach Warren Michael continues to be optimistic.
“The girls are starting to come together as a team and are getting better each game they play,” said Michael, whose team fell to 0-3 in the Eastern Dakota Conference and 2-7 on the season with the loss. “The box score may not reflect it, but we have faced two of the best teams in the state in the last two matches.
“I was excited to see the girls were effective in the third set (Tuesday),” Michael added. “As Fargo North changed strategy and began tipping whereas they were previously swinging away ... and we were able to get balls up and were aggresive on defense.”
Alexis Longtin and Morghan Carew each had three kills to lead the Firebirds while teammates Macie Helten and Taylor Swanson each had two.
Fargo North (2-0 EDC, 8-1 overall) standout Kira Larson, who has signed to play volleyball next season at top-ranked Nebraska, led all players with 19 kills in the match.
Devils Lake will play at Grand Forks Central on Thursday.