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Greg DeVillers / Forum Communications Co., Published November 12 2010

Hillsboro falls victim to a rally in the Region 2 volleyball final

HILLSBORO, N.D. – An 0-2 deficit has been impossible for Park River-Fordville-Lankin to overcome this season.

Until Thursday.

The Aggies rallied after dropping the first two sets to beat Hillsboro 21-25,

21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-8 in the championship match of the North Dakota Class B, Region 2 high school volleyball tournament. The win advances the 29-10 Aggies to the state tournament for the second straight season. Hillsboro closed at 22-9.

“This is the first time we’ve come back from

0-2,” PR/F-L coach Sherry Currie said. “It’s been done to us four times. After the second game, I told the girls, ‘Let’s do it this time.’

“It was good timing for it to happen.”

Defense got the Aggies back into a position to win. Sydney Larson had 27 digs, Shayna Ruzicka 17 and Brittnee Linn 10 to lead a PR-F-L defense that became more aggressive as the match progressed.

“In the first two games, balls were hitting the floor that we’ve usually gotten all year,” Currie said. “But our back-row defense really picked up. It seemed like Sydney was picking up everything (Mikkaela) Toenies was hitting. And we figured if we could shut her down, we had a chance to hold everybody down.”

KILLS: PR-Fordville-Lankin: Larson 20, Linn 13, Johnson 12; H: Toenies 12, Bertsch 11, Meyer 11

ASSISTS: PRFL: Myrdal 43, Linn 6; H: Toenies 26, Gordon 15

ACES: PRFL: Myrdal 3, Ruzicka 3; H: Rude 4, Meyer 3

Third place

Thompson 3,

North Border 0

In the third-place match, Whitney Sponsler’s 11 kills led Thompson past North Border 25-23, 25-12, 25-21.

KILLS: T: Hegg 5. Sponsler 11, Kysilka 7; NB: Horsley 7

ASSISTS: T: Varnson 22; NB: Carpenter 13

ACES: T: Demoe 5, Hegg 3; NB: Lafferty 2, Symington 3

DeVillers is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald