Devils Lake sets up match for Eastern Dakota Conference fourth spot against Valley City after beating Fargo South 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18.
Seniors Chiara Olson and Mattea Vetsch combined for 22 kills, Averi Ziegler and Kyleigh Toso added nine and eight kills respectively and the Devils Lake Firebirds celebrated Parents/Senior Night with a convincing 3-1 volleyball win over Fargo South Friday night from the Sports Center. The Firebirds, who close out the regular season Tuesday against Valley City, has now won four straight.
The Firebirds (19-11, 14-5 EDC) took the lead in the first set after Vetsch got one of her two aces for the night made the score 3-2. The Firebirds held on to the lead throughout the set, although never going ahead by more than five. An Olson kill made the score 17-14 but a kill by Bruins’ Naiya Karl made it 18-16 three serves later. The Firebirds went up four a second time in the set, at 20-16, but the Bruins pulled within two twice more, once at 20-18 after an ace by Karl and then at 22-20 after an attack error on Toso. But Devils Lake held on to win the set 25-21.
Fargo South led from opening serve to closing point in the second set after jumping out to a 3-0 lead. The Firebirds pulled to within 22-20 late in the set behind a 4-0 spurt and then again at 24-22 after a Ziegler kill but an attack error on Toso on the next rally ended the set with a 25-22 Bruins victory.
The Firebirds closed out Fargo South with consecutive wins in the third and fourth sets. The Firebirds led by as many as eight to cruise to the 25-17 third set win and opened the fourth set with a 6-1 run, built a nine point margin at 13-4 after a Taylor Windjue block and ran away from the Bruins for the 25-18 fourth set victory.
Olson had 11 kills, 11 digs, two aces and two assists and Vetsch had 11 kills, six digs and two aces. Along with her nine kills, Ziegler added thee digs and two aces, Toso had three blocks, Windjue, the fifth senior, finished with four kills, four aces, six digs, 44 assists and two blocks and junior Maya Barendt had seven kills for the Firebirds whose match against the Hi-Liners Tuesday will determine the Eastern Dakota Conference’s fourth seed.
The loss on Friday was Fargo South’s fifth in a row, dropping the Bruins to 10-18 overall, 5-14 in the EDC.
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