The Devils Lake High School volleyball team has had plenty of ups and downs this season, but they came back from a tough first set to beat the Wahpeton Huskies in five sets Saturday.

The Devils Lake High School volleyball team has had plenty of ups and downs this season, but they came back from a tough first set to beat the Wahpeton Huskies in five sets Saturday.

Kyleigh Toso led the team with 14 kills and two blocks during the match, though she left the game with a foot injury during a back-and-forth second set. The Firebirds would weather the storm to take the set 26-24.

The Firebirds began to gain momentum by winning at the net. In addition to Toso’s 14 kills, Jenna Windjue pitched in 11, Averi Ziegler added nine, and Olivia Light added six kills and a block.

Toso returned in the third set, but it wasn’t enough as the Firebirds dropped the set 25-16 to give the Huskies a two sets to one advantage.

DL stepped up their game in the fourth set.

“We kind of found our energy again,” Head coach Carla Freschette said. “We lost it for a little while but we pushed through to the end.”

The fourth set was a back and forth affair initially, but server Alex Palmer got on a roll.

She banged home back-to-back aces on her way to five on the day in addition to her 26 assists.

A five point mid-set run by the Firebirds put them ahead 17-12, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, tying the match 2-2.

The Firebirds got ahead quickly in the final set, going ahead 10-4 on the strength of their service and net games.

A huge kill by Toso gave the Firebirds the win over the Huskies, 15-10 and three sets to two.

The victory puts the Firebirds at 9-17 on the season, though they have won two of their last three matches.

Freschette says that success for the Firebirds comes down to energy and finishing games.

“We’re always a good team, we just need to keep our energy and intensity up. We’ve fluctuated a lot this season,” Freschette said. “We need to be able to finish games and we did today. Everybody really put forth their best effort and played as a team.”

Devils Lake hosts 1-25 Turtle Mountain Tuesday night at 7 p.m.