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Tom Miller / Forum Communications Co., Published November 12 2010

East Region volleyball roundup: Shanley, Fargo South pick up victories

GRAND FORKS – Fargo Shanley coach Wendy Zeiher felt Wahpeton’s performance Thursday was far improved from the teams’ meeting last week during the regular season.

That still wasn’t nearly enough to challenge the Deacons.

Shanley coasted to a 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 win over Wahpeton in the quarterfinals of the East Region volleyball tournament at the Red River gymnasium.

No. 2-seeded Shanley, which improved to 22-6, plays the winner of Fargo South and Fargo Davies at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals. No. 7 Wahpeton takes on the loser of the Bruins-Eagles game at 6 p.m. in the Red River old gym.

“Wahpeton played a lot better than last Thursday,” Zeiher said. “They were right there with us in Game 3 and gave us a run for our money.”

But the Deacons were too much at the net, where

6-foot middle hitter Hillary Rotunda and 5-foot-10 outside hitter Rachel Weir were dominant.

Rotunda finished with 19 kills, while Weir had 10.

Zeiher was also pleased with the play of setter Ashley Vetter, who had 37 assists.

“She did a nice job with a couple of solo blocks and put the ball right where our hitters needed it,” Zeiher said.

Katelyn Kleven’s six kills led Wahpeton.

KILLS: FS: Rotunda 19, Weir 10, Carlson 6; W: Kleven 6, Kleven 3

ASSISTS: FS: Vetter 37; W: Braun 10

ACES: FS: Kanwischer 2; W: Fisher 2, Burrer 2

Fargo South 3, Fargo Davies 0

Fargo South had no problem making sure all the top seeds were quarterfinal winners.

Claire Bramel and Michelle Westby each had nine kills as the Bruins defeated Fargo Davies 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 in the final match of the opening round.

“That was the way we wanted to start,” South coach Sarah Lacher said. “It was good to get a tough win. You don’t want to have to battle back.”

South, the No. 3 seed, plays No. 2 Fargo Shanley at 6 p.m. today. No. 6 Davies takes on No. 7 Wahpeton in a loser-out game at 6 p.m. in the Red River old gym.

Bridget Kruger, Raquel Wellentin and Meghan Roehrich each added six kills for the Bruins, who improved to 24-6.

Shanley and South split during the regular season.

“We’re excited for it,” Lacher said. “The key is going to be staying up even when you’re behind and not letting Shanley keep all the momentum.”

Davies was led by Brook Hildre and Paige Weston, who each finished with five kills.

The Eagles’ closest set was the second, where Davies was tied as late as 18-18. But eventually South’s Addy Duval dropped in a kill from her setter position for a 25-21 victory.

KILLS: FS: Claire Bramel 9, Michelle Westby 9, Bridget Kruger 6, Raquel Wellentin 6, Meghan Roerhich 6; FD: Brook Hildre 5, Paige Weston 5

ASSISTS: FS: Haley Boisjolie 17, Addy Duval 12; FD: Olivia Naylor 4, Whitney Syverson 4

ACES: FS: Wellentin 4, Westby 3; FD: Naylor 3

Grand Forks Red River 3, Devils Lake 0

The Grand Forks Red River volleyball team entered this weekend’s East Region volleyball tournament on a roll, winning six of their last seven matches.

“Since the Fargo tournament, we’ve been on a good run,” Red River coach Carolyn Olson said. “We’re coming in with some confidence and that always helps at tournament time.”

It showed.

Behind Emily Asche’s match-high 13 kills, No. 1 seed Roughriders cruised to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-20 sweep of No. 8 Devils Lake on Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals at the Red River gymnasium.

Red River, which improved to 22-7, plays Fargo North in the region semifinals at 4 p.m. today.

KILLS: RR: Asche 13, Bollingberg 9, Steffen 9; DL: Wade 7, Mertens 6, Wade 3, Prozinski 3, Turck 3

ASSISTS: RR: Christian 34; DL: Wang 18

ACES: RR: Strand 3, Asche 2; DL: Larson 2, Wang 1

Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald