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Tom Mix, Published September 05 2013

Fargo Davies honors Bolstad with wins, effort

Fargo - Every volleyball match Fargo Davies plays this season is dedicated to Lexi Bolstad.

Bolstad, a senior three-sport standout at Davies High School, has been hospitalized the last month recovering from a severe brain injury.

Bolstad’s volleyball teammates have spent the last month doing everything possible to help her during the recovery process. The Eagles have raised funds, distributed purple “Pray for Lexi” wristbands and worn purple ribbons in their hair as a sign of solidarity.

On Thursday, Davies did another thing for Bolstad. The Eagles defeated Fargo North 22-25 27-25, 25-23, 26-24 during an Eastern Dakota Conference match at the Spartandome.

“It’s really tough, and we are always hoping for the best when it comes to Lexi,” Davies senior setter Katelyn Olson said. “We are just trying to help her and her family out with fundraising. We have been doing a lot of stuff for her, and we always say, ‘Our match is for Lexi tonight.’ ”

Olson collected 30 assists and added four kills and six blocks for the Eagles (8-1, 2-0 EDC).

“Any time a team is dealt adversity, you can respond in one of two ways,” Davies head coach Missy Wilson said. “The girls are responding in a positive way. They want to play hard for her.”

Bolstad’s CaringBridge website was updated Thursday during the match to announce that she passed a swallow test for food and that she’ll be transported to a hospital in Denver for specialized care and recovery.

Davies had a giraffe stuffed animal with Bolstad’s jersey on its bench on Thursday.

The Spartans took the first set and appeared to be headed to a two-set advantage leading 23-20. But Davies stormed back to win the second set off a block from Olson.

North (3-6, 0-2) led 11-2 in Set 3, but once again Davies rallied for the win and closed out the match, taking the fourth set 26-24.

Match point was a kill from sophomore middle hitter Natalie Tomhave, who finished with 11 kills and three blocks.

“I think North is going to be one of the top teams in our conference, so any time you can come into their gym and get a win is nice,” Wilson said.

Kinsey Papachek added 10 kills for the Eagles.

“North is a really good team, and we are similar,” Olson said. “The momentum changes were back and forth the entire match. We are excited to get this win, and we are excited to get better moving on from here.”

The Spartans were led by senior middle hitter Emma Bergeron, who finished with 17 kills and five blocks.

“I saw a lot of positives,” North head coach Brooks Dockter said. “The way we played (Thursday) is night and day compared to how we played last weekend at the Bismarck tournament. We have a lot of young players on the team that stepped up in the match.”

DAVIES (kills-blocks-aces): Papachek 10-0-0, Olson 4-6-1 (30 assists), Langlie 1-0-2, Helland 7-2-0, Kringlie 6-0-1, Tomhave 11-3-1, Binde 2-1-0.

NORTH: Bergeron 17-5-2, Bachmeier 5-3-3, Markel 12-1-1, Podoll 1-1-2 (38 assists), Hammerschmidt 2-0-0, Reinholz 7-1-0, S. Thorvilson 0-1-1.

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