Firebirds stay busy on the road against top-ranked EDC squads

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
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Devils Lake senior Alexa Gathman adds a kill at home this season. The Firebirds fell to West Fargo Monday evening.

By Harry Lipsiea

Journal Sports

After playing a good chunk of its early schedule at home, the Devils Lake volleyball team is on the road for the time being. The Firebirds are currently set to return home next Tuesday with a matchup against Grand Forks Central.

The squad will be looking to get back on the winning track in the EDC in that match.

In the past week, Devils Lake has fell on the road to a pair of tough conference opponents.

On Oct. 2, the Firebirds dropped a hard-fought match to Fargo North. West Fargo topped Devils Lake Monday, Oct. 6.

Against Fargo North, Devils Lake battled all match long before falling in five sets by scores of 10-25, 25-23, 25-19, 16-25 and 11-15.

Mikayla Wallace led all players with 15 kills and 11 digs. Morgan Karlstad had six kills. Alexa Gathman finished with two aces and 12 digs. Amber Gathman had four kills and 19 digs.

“It was a close match. Our passing wasn't on which led to some rough spots in the 1st and 4th game. Overall, we played hard and communicated well,” Devils Lake head coach Lisa Zimmerman told the Journal.

On Monday, the Firebirds lost to West Fargo by scores of 19-25, 20-25 and 12-25.

Karlstad had five kills and four blocks while Wallace added five kills and two blocks.

Jessica Hagen had five kills, two blocks and an ace. Alexa Gathman had 23 digs and an ace. Miriah Yoder finished with 15 assists.

“We started slow and couldn't seem to crawl out of the holes we dig ourselves. Morgan Karlstad played really well and was a leading force on the court,” Zimmerman noted.

The Firebirds travel to Fargo for a tourney Friday and Saturday before returning home Tuesday against Grand Forks Central.

“We are looking forward to a week of practice, getting back to basics before heading to Fargo for a tournament this weekend,” Zimmerman stated.