The sparkling new gym floor in the Devils Lake Sports Center was finally put to use Tuesday. And so far, it has a 1-0 record for the home team.
The Firebirds volleyball team (8-16, 3-12 EDC) took care of Grand Forks Central (4-21, 0-15) in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-17).
“We liked being back in here,” DL head coach Carla Freschette said. “As much as a court is a court, it feels like there is a lot more space in here. There’s a lot more room for the girls to move and I think that was nice for them.”
A balanced offensive attack had DL in control the whole match. Back-to-back Jenna Windjue and Averi Ziegler kills followed by a Windjue ace built a 10-7 lead for the Firebirds in the first set.
The lead held as DL began to pick up steam. Mattie Barendt had a big second set as the Firebirds cruised once again to a 25-21 set win.
Two Barendt kills early in the third set and an Alex Palmer ace saw DL open up a 9-4 lead.
Central hung around and trailed 20-16, but two straight kills from Windjue and Kyleigh Toso sparked a 4-0 run as DL completed the match sweep.
“We set goals for ourselves within each set to keep that lead,” Freschette said. “We didn’t really have much of a tipping game. We were aggressive for the most part and that was nice to see.”
DL had a balanced statsheet and shifted its lineup a bit, which saw some players getting more action.
The Firebirds had double-digit performances in kills (Barendt and Ziegler), assists (Windjue and Palmer) and digs (Windjue and Palmer).
“We had a lot of contributors in this match,” Freschette said. “Our digs, we were on and we were moving our feet. Our defense was awesome. And we were aggressive.”
Statistical leaders
Kills
Mattie Barendt 12
Averi Ziegler 11
Jenna Windjue 6
Kyleigh Toso 4
Olivia Light 4
Aces
Averi Ziegler 2
Assists
Jenna Windjue 18
Alex Palmer 16
Digs
Jenna Windjue 13
Alex Palmer 10
Taylor Windjue 9
Blocks
Kyleigh Toso 3