Spartans clip Firebirds in four sets

Ray Maloney, Sports

FARGO, N.D. — Devils Lake came out strong and edged Fargo North in the first set, but the Firebirds were unable to sustain that momentum on Tuesday as the Spartans earned a 3-1 win over Devils Lake in Eastern Dakota Conference volleyball action.

Fargo North won 22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-11.

“I was very happy with the way the girls played,” Devils Lake coach Julie Faul said. “We still have a few kinks to work out, but they played with a lot of heart. I was very proud of their effort.”

Maren Rygh paced the Devils Lake offense by knocking down 11 kills in the match, while teammates Steph Mertens and Taylor Wade chipped in with nine and seven, respectively, for the Firebirds, who fell to 2-10 in the EDC and 7-17 overall with the loss.

Ashley Sebelius and Shelby Turck each added three kills for Devils Lake.

Wade tallied seven blocks on the night for Devils Lake and Kasi Eisenzimmer logged a team-high 31 assists.

The Firebirds played without the services of standout Kenzie Wade.

“We were missing (Wade), so we needed a few girls to step up ... and they did, in a big way,” Faul said.

Devils Lake     25     12     23     11

Fargo North    22     25     25     25

Devils Lake Leaders

Kills: Maren Rygh 11, Steph Mertens 9, Taylor Wade 7, Ashley Sebelius 3, Shelby Turck 3. Blocks: Wade 7, Turck 4, Rygh 2, Sebelius 2. Assists: Kasi Eisenzimmer 31. Digs: Rygh 15, Mertens 8, Autumn Wang 8, Eisenzimmer 6, Sebelius 4. Aces: Rygh 3, Mertens 2, Eisenzimmer 1.

Eastern Dakota Conference Standings

        EDC       All

        W      L      W       L

1. GF Red River     11      1    24       3

2. Fargo Shanley    11      2    25       5

3. West Fargo    8        4    18       12

4. Fargo North    6        5    21       11

5. Fargo South    5        5    17       11

6. Wahpeton    3        8      9       16

7. Devils Lake    2      10      7       17

8. GF Central    0      11      3       26

Tuesday’s Results

Fargo North 3, Devils Lake 1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-11)

GF Red River 3, Fargo Shanley 0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-23)

Fargo South 3, GF Central 0 (25-5, 25-11, 25-8)

West Fargo 3, Wahpeton 0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-18)

Thursday’s Match

Fargo North at Fargo South

Friday’s Match

Devils Lake at Wahpeton