District 4 volleyball heats up
Eagles defend top spot in District 4
EDINBURG – The North Border Eagles sit alone on top of District 4 with their 3-1 win over the Drayton-Valley-Edinburg Titans Tuesday in Edinburg.
The hometown theme for the night was “Fight like a girl” to bring awareness to breast cancer. On the program it is written, “This night is dedicated to those who have lost the fight and to those who won’t quit fighting.”
The theme was carried over to the play on the court. The Titans could have easily given up after the Eagles won the first game 25-7.
The Eagles went on a 10-0 run when Kylah Horseley served from the 6-4 mark and was finally relieved of her service with the Eagles up 16-4. The Titans served once before another run of six Eagles’ points expanded the lead to 22-5. They went on to win the game 25-7.
The second game wasn’t much different until the midway point. With North Border leading at 7-5, Emily Hall rattled off nine straight points to help the Eagles jump out to a 15-5 lead. The Titans could only get as close as six points and quickly found themselves behind two games to none with the 25-18 loss.
Visually frustrated, Titans’ head coach Kelli O’Toole had a heart-to-heart pep talk between games that sparked renewed life into the Lady Titans. They jumped out front and maintained a soft 2 to 3 point advantage until the Eagles tied the game at 10-10. After a few exchanges, Jalyn Larson came alive at the net for D-V-E and sparked her team to a small five-point rally with Kristy Estad at the line. They expanded the lead to 18-13 and then went on to win game three 25-16.
The Titans carried the momentum into game four and led up to the 14-14 mark. North Border held composure and went up by two for a 17-15 score. Five serves later the game was tied again at 19-19 and then the Eagles took a two point lead only to relinquish it back to the Titans. The two teams tied at 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 before North Border could finish the game winning 27-25.
“I was happy with the way we served tonight,” said Eagles coach Heather Lafferty. “We knew coming into the match it would be a battle. They have good chemistry and Jayln Larson is very tough to stop.”
“I was really happy with the play of Erin Greendahl and Lisa Cosley and overall the whole team did a great job moving the ball around. We were able to find the open areas and mix it up a bit,” said Lafferty.
Kelli O’Toole commented on the Titans play despite the slow start. “I’m really happy with the way the girls didn’t give up after the first two games. They fought hard at the end and it will be a very interesting district tournament,” she said.
As of Tuesday night, the district standings place North Border on top, followed by Park River-F-L, D-V-E, Grafton, Cavalier, Minto and then Midway. The district tournament starts on October 31 in Park River. VB Runover
PR-F-L Aggies sweep Spoilers
GRAFTON – The Park River-Fordville-Lankin (PR-F-L) Aggies downed the Grafton Spoilers Tuesday night at the Grafton High School gymnasium in three games by scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-17.
“Park River-Fordville-Lankin is an all around good team,” said Grafton head coach Krysten Stutlien. “I wasn’t expecting any less from them tonight than what we saw.”
The Aggies, who came off a disappointing tournament in Des Lacs seemed to regroup. “It was nice to bounce back, and everyone seems to be wanting to play the way they know they can,” PR-F-L head coach Sherry Currie said.
In the first game, the Aggies jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, before surrendering that lead in a Spoiler run which saw them take their only lead of the set, 7-6.
The Aggies stopped the lone Spoiler scoring threat and took a 22-15 lead en route to a 25-16 first game win.
“Morgan (Porter) and Hannah (Swartz) were swinging aggressively,” Swartz said in reference to the Aggies’ aggressive play.
In the second set, it was all Aggies after Grafton took an early 10-7 lead. But the Aggies came back, with Swartz putting the Aggies right at a 10-10 tie.
The teams then traded leads and stayed within two points until the Aggies put the Spoilers away late in the second game with four straight serves for points by Porter, giving the them a 22-17 lead.
Currie said that there was a point in the match she felt comfortable enough to bring in some underclassmen.
“They were able to help each other when they got into trouble,” Swartz commented after the game.
Park River-F-L finished game two with a 25-18 win.
The Spoilers started game three quickly down 1-0 after an incorrect lineup was turned in but Grafton tied it up at 2-2 just two rallies later on a play by senior Paige Hanson.
The Spoilers then gave up the ball on an errant serve, giving the Aggies a 3-2 edge.
The teams traded points, but the Aggies broke open the game with two straight serves by Ashley Fontaine, giving the Aggies the lead for good at 7-4.
“Our defense played better,” Stutlien said.
One thing the Spoilers can pride themselves on after Tuesday night’s game is how well they stuck with the Aggies.
“We had some really nice saves,” Stutlien said of the Spoiler defense. “Jaden Hanson played well for the Spoilers, as her serves were finding the floor on the Aggies’ side.”
Swartz finished off the Spoilers with two straight serves for points, defeating Grafton 25-18 in game three.
The Aggies are finished with their district matches for the season and the Spoilers have one conference game left, a road game at Cavalier on Tuesday night.