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Tom Mix, Published September 20 2012

Grovers stay unbeaten with in over Kindred in volleyball

KINDRED, N.D. – Fargo Oak Grove has thrived this fall by spreading its offense amongst several players, and the Grovers’ formula for success worked again on Thursday.

Oak Grove had five players with six or more kills in a 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20 road win over Kindred in North Dakota Class B, District 2 volleyball at Kindred High School.

Junior Hannah Kelley posted 11 kills and two blocks to pace the Grovers, who remain undefeated at 12-0. Oak Grove is 3-0 in district play.

“Everything was working for us,” Oak Grove head coach Denny Stinar said. “We are a middle-dominant team and both Hannah Kelley and Sam Kounovsky had great games in the middle, especially with their blocking. In the three sets that we won, we neutralized them at the net and I think we beat them above the net.”

Jenna Zaeske added 10 kills and two ace serves for Oak Grove. The Grovers now have two wins over the Vikings (10-2) this season after defeating Kindred earlier at the Northern Cass tournament.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Grovers dropped the third set, but restored their momentum in the fourth set to pick up the win.

“After that third set we came together as a team, and we knew this was our match,” said Oak Grove senior Anna VandeVoort, who finished with four kills. “We knew we could put it down and we did it.”

Both teams went back and forth in the opening set, but it was the Grovers who rallied capitalizing on two late service errors by the Vikings.

“I was happier with the first set when we were down 23-21 and came back to win 27-25,” Stinar said. “That was a nice one where we came out and pulled it off at the end. We have been doing a good job of winning those close sets this year, and I think that is a sign of a good team.”

Kindred’s offense was not so spread out.

Senior Kellie Schmit finished with 31 kills and three ace serves. Casey Allmaras and Alexandra Erickson added four kills for the Vikings. Allmaras had 41 assists.

“We had our shots in the first set, and they battled back,” Kindred head coach Brooks Dockter said. “We missed some serves and they capitalized on them. That energy we had in the first set was lost and it took us a while to regroup, but then I thought we had it in the third and fourth sets. We just missed too many serves.”

OAK GROVE (kills-blocks-aces): Zaeske 10-0-2, Kelley 11-2-1, Bokinskie 7-4-3 (19 assists), Martinson 6-3-0, Jacobs 0-0-0 (15 assists), Kounovsky 8-1-3, VandeVoort 4-0-1, Lang 0-0-0 (8 digs).

KINDRED: Schmit 31-1-3, Cose 0-0-1, Ness 3-0-1, Allmaras 4-0-2 (41 assists), A. Erickson 4-1-0, Braaten 3-1-0, Graff 2-1-0, Casey 0-0-0 (14 digs).

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