Devils Lake fall to Fargo Davies (25-23, 19-25, 12-25, 15-25) in volleyball home opener.
Momentum is a funny thing. When you have it, you exude an unexplainable confidence — an energy so to speak.
The Devils Lake Firebirds volleyball team came into their Tuesday night Eastern Dakota Conference match against Fargo Davies with both momentum and confidence on their side. The Firebirds had just won three matches in row, sweeping all three opponents and even won the opening set against the Eagles.
But both fleeted quickly as Davies won three consecutive sets to beat the Firebirds 3-1 from the Sports Center.
“We kind of lost our energy,” said Firebirds head coach Carla Freschette about that tide turning in Set No. 2. “We (stopped) being vocal, being positive with each other on the floor. After one point ticked away, then it also kind of ticked away our positivity and our energy.”
Despite the first set of the match being a tightly contested affair, the Firebirds (5-4, 1-1 EDC) staved off Davies, winning the set 25-23 after the Eagles tied the score at 20-all. But a Mattea Vetsch kill gave the Firebirds the lead that carried on to the set victory.
However, Davies (8-0, 2-0) would dominate the match from that point forward. The Eagles pulled away in the second set, winning it 25-19, outscoring Devils Lake 8-3 when it was a one point Eagle margin at 17-16.
The Firebirds scored the opening point in the third set but Davies’ advantaged ballooned to 12 before the Eagles closed it out 25-12 and repeated the performance in the final set, leading 20-9 at one point, before ending the match at 25-15.
“It was a little bit of a rough night. We had a lot of trouble closing up the block and putting a good block up and that kind of did some damage,” Freschette said.
Freschette continued, “It was a rough one but we’re going to continue on. I don’t think this is going to define us.”
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