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Tom Mix, Published October 25 2012

Fargo North wins EDC volleyball match against Fargo Shanley

FARGO – The Fargo North volleyball team has taken to the road nicely the last week and a half.

The Spartans have won three consecutive Eastern Dakota Conference matches away from the Spartandome. Its latest was a 14-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 victory over Fargo Shanley on Thursday at McCormick Gymnasium.

North dropped the opening set that was dominated by Shanley sophomore middle hitter Alivia Fraase. Fraase accounted for six of the Deacons’ final seven points of that set.

Then the Spartans (28-4, 12-3 EDC) got into a groove to win the final three sets.

“The girls picked it up,” North head coach Jerry Daily said. “Shanley is a good team and they were not making any mistakes in the first set and a half. We kept going at them hard and showed a lot of character.

“It is a huge road win.”

Shanley (18-8, 14-2) remains atop the EDC standings despite the loss. Fargo Davies (22-9, 12-4) lost to West Fargo on Thursday in a 2-point conference match. The Spartans now move up to second place in the EDC.

North was paced by senior middle hitter and NCAA Division I Nebraska volleyball commit Kira Larson, who totaled 19 kills, three blocks and two ace serves.

Senior setter Courtney Johnson finished with nine kills and 16 assists for the Spartans.

“We always know Shanley is going to bring the heat,” said Johnson, who is committed to play softball at North Dakota State. “They are a very good hitting and blocking team. In the first game we didn’t come out as hard, but we picked it up the next two sets. I’m proud of my team coming back and getting that win.”

Fraase posted 15 kills and three blocks for the Deacons. Haley Brenner and Carly Mickelson each added 13 and 11 kills, respectively, for Shanley.

“I felt that we started losing our aggressiveness and North picked up their aggressive play,” Shanley head coach Curt Johnson said. “Our kids were never able to answer. It seemed like whenever we got a little momentum going, something would happen.”

North is now 4-2 in road conference matches. The Spartans had won at West Fargo and at Grand Forks Central prior to Tuesday.

Junior middle hitter Emma Bergeron added nine kills for North.

“We had to hit around their blocks,” Courtney Johnson said. “We hit the spots and found the holes in their defense. We attacked them and played with no fear.”

FARGO NORTH (kills-blocks-aces): Larson 19-3-2 (19 digs), Johnson 9-1-1 (16 assists, 16 digs), Bergeron 9-0-0, Thorstensen 7-0-2, Schmiess 0-0-1 (32 assists), Fischer 4-0-0.

SHANLEY: Allex 0-0-5, Anderson 6-2-1, Brenner 13-0-1 (17 digs), Fraase 15-3-0 (10 digs), Little 0-1-1, Freeberg 0-0-0 (39 assists), Mickelson 11-1-2 (13 digs).

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