The Devils Lake High School volleyball team won big Tuesday night, beating the Turtle Mountain Bravettes three sets to none in a match that was really never close.

The Devils Lake High School volleyball team won big Tuesday night, beating the Turtle Mountain Bravettes three sets to none in a match that was really never close.

Turtle Mountain managed to take the first two points of the first set as the Firebirds got off to a bit of a slow start.
 
The set was somewhat evenly played in the first ten points, after which the score was 5-5.

Then the Firebirds got rolling on the back of the service game of Alex Palmer.

Palmer won three of the next four points on aces to give DL an 8-5 advantage, which they pushed to 12-6. The Bravettes struggled to keep it close, and after the Firebirds got their net game rolling they went on to win the first set 25-14.

The first set would be the most competitive set, as the Firebirds scored the first 17 points of the second set.

Senior Jenna Windjue got on a major service roll, at one point reeling off six straight aces. Windjue added five kills and 17 assists on the night, while Palmer served up 10 aces and added 14 assists.

After taking the second set 25-5, the Firebirds were coasting. After going up 7-3 in the third set, the Firebirds won the next 18 points to win the match three games to none.

The win Tuesday night is the second straight for the Firebirds, who have won three of their last four.

Head coach Carla Freschette says that the recent success should help her team down the stretch.

“It’s a little bit of a confidence booster, especially these last few matches,” Freschette said.

Freschette also welcomed the upcoming break, as the Firebirds are off until next Tuesday.

“By this time it’s become a long stretch without a break,” Freschette said. “You add in a tournament we had (where we) played six games in two days, it takes a toll. We’re looking forward to a little break and coming back extra focused.”

The big win Tuesday night puts the team at 10-17 on the season. Mattie Barendt led the team with 10 kills, while Averi Ziegler pitched in eight and Chiara Olson had six kills, a dig and an assist.

The Firebirds host Fargo South next Tuesday night at 7 p.m.