The Devils Lake volleyball team was on the road for an Eastern Dakota Conference matchup versus Fargo North on Thursday. The Firebirds entered the match with a 2-10 record in EDC play and an overall record of 5-11.
The Firebirds took the first set in a back-and-forth match that ended with a final score of 25-23. Sets 2, 3 and 4 did not go as well for the Birds.
In the second set, the Firebirds fought an uphill battle, falling behind 2-12 early and eventually dropping the set 13-25.
“The intensity level really fizzled out in the second set and we couldn’t really pick it back up” DL head coach Carla Freschette said.
Set 3 was more of a back-and-forth set before North pulled away towards the end to win 25-18.
The Spartans would go on to win the fourth set convincingly with a 25-8 victory.
“We need to maintain that intensity for five sets to get a win,” Freschette said on what her team needs to improve on. “Somewhere in the second game we started to tip a lot of balls and it didn’t work. We need to stay aggressive and it amps up everything; our intensity, our communication, our serve and receive.”
The Firebirds look to bounce back on Oct. 3 at West Fargo.