West Fargo sweeps Firebirds 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 in an EDC volleyball tilt.
Devils Lake Firebirds head coach Carla Freschette struggled to find words when asked to give her thoughts about the match against West Fargo.
It was that type of night for the Firebirds.
The Packers defeated Devils Lake in a three set sweep Tuesday night from the Sports Center. The loss snapped a four match winning streak for the Firebirds.
“We were a little sluggish,” Freschette said after a long pause. “West Fargo played a good game; we didn’t answer back.”
The Firebirds (9-5, 7-2 EDC) opened the second set going out to a 6-2 lead but with the set score at 7-3, the Packers scored five consecutive points, ending with a kill by McKenna Becher that gave West Fargo the 8-7 advantage and forcing Freschette into using one of her two timeouts.The Firebirds would take the lead twice more during the set, at 11-10 and 14-13 but was outscored 11-6 from that point forward to lose the set 25-17.
The third set saw Devils Lake jump out to a lead again, going up 6-3, then a 17-13 edge where they stayed in front until the Packers tied the score at 20. The Firebirds took the lead again at 22-21 but West Fargo scored four straight to end the match 25-22.
“We just couldn’t maintain the momentum, the energy, on the floor. We have to figure out how to push through those lows,” Freschette said.
Devils Lake lost the first set 25-19.
Chitra Olson had eight kills and nine digs, Kyleigh Toso had seven kills and two digs and Averi Ziegler had six kills to lead the Firebirds, who despite the loss, is a 1 1/2 back from conference leader and undefeated Fargo Davies and a 1/2 game up on West Fargo Sheyenne, Valley City and West Fargo who are all tied for third.
Taylor Windjue had 26 assists and four digs and Abby Johnson had 11 digs for Devils Lake.
“We’re going to come back (today) for a good, intense practice,” said Freschette. The Firebirds travel to Valley City in a key EDC match with the Hi-Liners Thursday.
Becker finished with nine kills, two blocks and two aces, and Halle Erickson had 11 kills and 13 assists for the Packers (9-5, 6-2).
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