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Tom Mix, Published September 25 2012

Fargo Shanley hands Fargo Davies its first EDC loss in volleyball

FARGO – No volleyball team in the Eastern Dakota Conference will have a perfect conference record this fall.

Fargo Shanley made sure of that with a 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18 win over Fargo Davies on Tuesday at McCormick Gymnasium.

Davies (15-5, 8-1 EDC) entered the match without a loss in conference play.

“I don’t think we played with enough emotion,” Fargo Davies head coach Heather Stuberg said. “We are a lot better team when we play with emotion, and I just think we did not get up high enough for this match. Hopefully, it is a little bit of a wake-up call for us. … This is a good learning experience for us and we need to take something away from this.”

Davies learned the Deacons are a tough team to play on their home court. Shanley improved to 3-0 at McCormick.

With the victory, Shanley (10-4, 8-1) and Davies are now tied atop the EDC standings.

The Deacons came out strong in the opening set with senior middle hitter Carly Mickelson picking up three key kills late, including one for set point.

“We came into the match knowing they were No. 1 and that was definitely some motivation,” said Mickelson, who totaled 13 kills and one block in the match. “It is great to play a great team like Davies and get the win.”

Shanley used its spread-out approach on offense to keep the Eagles off-balance.

Sophomore middle hitter Alivia Fraase paced the Deacons with 14 kills and was one of four Shanley players to have double-digit kill totals. The others were Madison Little (11) and Jessica Anderson (10).

“Our goal was to move the ball around a lot and make their middles move back and forth,” Shanley head coach Curtis Johnson said. “We thought that if we used our outside and right side hitters it was going to free up our middles. We put pressure on them to answer back.”

Davies senior outside hitter Kali Erickson, who surpassed 1,000 career kills last weekend in a tournament in Dickinson, N.D., led the Eagles with 16 kills and two aces.

The Eagles answered with a win in the second set, but dropped the third. Davies took an 8-4 lead in the fourth set and the match appeared destined to go to a fifth set, but the Deacons made sure that did not happen.

“In that fourth set I was very proud of the girls fighting back from being four down,” Johnson said. “They could have just said, ‘Oh well, we are going five,’ but no, they fought back, got back into it and got the push at the end to get the win.”

DAVIES (kills-blocks-aces): Papachek 13-1-2 (16 digs), Erickson 16-0-2 (21 digs), Woodbridge 4-2-0, Langlie 0-0-2 (32 assists), Olson 3-6-3, Grabarkewitz 1-1-0, Hildre 3-7-0, Bachmeier 0-0-4 (20 digs).

SHANLEY: Allex 0-0-4, Anderson 10-2-0, Brenner 5-0-2 (10 digs), Fraase 14-2-0 (17 digs), Freeberg 0-0-1 (41 assists), Little 11-0-0, Mickelson 13-1-0 (15 digs).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562