Firebirds split six matches at BHS-CHS Invitational

Ray Maloney, Sports

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Devils Lake volleyball team that had some high expectations as the season prepared to get under way found out in a hurry where it stands.

The Firebirds opened the season with a pair of wins on Friday in the first day of the BHS-CHS?Invitational in Bismarck. Devils Lake defeated Jamestown in their first match of the tournament and came back to down St. Mary’s in their final match Friday. In between Williston notched a 25-15, 25-16, 12-15 win over the Firebirds.

Devils Lake dropped matches to Bismarck and Mandan on Saturday before bouncing Belcourt 25-9, 25-8, 15-13 to finish 1-2 on Saturday and end the tournament 3-3.

“We played well,” said Devils Lake coach Julie Faul, who led the Firebirds to a 10-23 and a berth in the state tournament in her first season as coach last year. “We really weren’t outplayed by anyone. We had a few defensive breakdowns ... and we can’t afford to have those.”

Devils Lake opens its home schedule on Tuesday when the Firebirds entertain Fargo South at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

The Bruins were the lone team to post a perfect record at last weekend’s tournament in the Capital City as the Bruins went 6-0 over the two days.

Faul said she and her team had an opportunity to watch the Bruins during the tournament and she does not expect Fargo South to come into Tuesday’s match with anything new.

“(South) is a very strong team,” Faul said of Tuesday’s opponent. “We’re going to have to be on our game.”

BHS-CHS?Invitational Standings

Fargo South 6-0. Dickinson 6-1. Fargo Shanley 5-1. West Fargo 5-1. Bismarck 5-2. Century 5-2. Williston 5-2. Fargo North 4-3. Mandan 4-3. Devils Lake 3-3. Grand Forks Red River 3-3. Jamestown 3-4. Wahpeton 3-4. Valley City 2-4. Minot 2-5. Fargo Davies 1-5. Grand Forks Central 1-6. St. Mary's 0-7. Turtle Mountain 0-7.

Devils Lake Results

Friday

Devils Lake def. Jamestown 25-18, 25-22, 15-13

Williston def. Devils Lake 25-15, 25-16, 12-15

Devils Lake def. St. Mary's 25-17, 27-25, 17-15

Saturday

Bismarck def. Devils Lake 26-24, 25-14, 10-15

Mandan def. Devils Lake 25-22, 25-12, 16-14

Devils Lake def. Turtle Mountain 25-9, 25-8, 15-13

Devils Lake Saturday's Cumulative Statistics

Kills: Mackenzie Wade 14, Taylor Wade 13, Steph Mertens 10. Digs - Krissy Larson 21, M. Wade 21, Steph Mertens 19. Aces: M. Wade 7, Larson