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Tom Mix, Published September 17 2013

Fargo Davies sweeps Fargo South in EDC volleyball

FARGO – With only a game separating it from Fargo South and two other teams in the Eastern Dakota Conference standings, second-place Fargo Davies knew it had to show up at home on Tuesday against the Bruins.

The Eagles avoided back-to-back home losses with a 25-16, 27-25, 25-16 conference victory over South at Fargo Davies High School.

“We definitely wanted to come out and beat our rivals,” Fargo Davies senior outside hitter Kinsey Papachek said. “South is always a team we want to play well against and defeating them 3-0 makes it even better.”

Papachek finished with seven kills and one ace for the Eagles (11-2, 5-1 EDC).

With the victory, Davies remains a half game behind first-place Fargo Shanley. The Deacons defeated the Eagles in a five-set thriller last Thursday.

On Tuesday, Davies’ blocking at the net helped it pull away from South. The Eagles posted 12 team blocks, five coming from 6-foot senior setter Katelyn Olson. Olson’s final block of the night was for match point.

“We have been working on our blocking,” Papachek said. “Our blocks haven’t been that great this year, but I think we improved (Tuesday).”

Olson added two kills and 22 set assists for the Eagles. Sophomore middle hitter Natalie Tomhave finished with seven kills and four blocks for Davies.

South (5-5, 2-2) was paced by 6-foot, sophomore outside hitter Emily Stroup, who collected 11 kills, three ace serves and a block.

Errors, however, kept South from creating and sustaining rallies.

“Things were not really clicking for us,” South head coach Andrea Hummel said. “We had a lot of unforced errors, but Davies did play very well. They were rolling.”

Davies trailed 15-4 in Set 2, but South was unable to close it out allowing the Eagles to rally and eventually even the set at 20-20.

“In Set 2, for us to come back was huge,” Davies head coach Missy Wilson said. “They rattled off eight points in a row. Our kids’ heads were down, but they managed to get a few positives in a row, which created a little more offense.”

“As a team we came out and were ready to play in a big match,” Papachek added. “We were able to apply all the things we have been working on in practice.”

SOUTH (kills-blocks-aces): Anderson 0-0-1 (16 assists), Erickson 7-1-0, McConn 3-2-0, Lawley 5-2-0, Stroup 11-1-3 (3 assists), Rokke 2-0-0, Kath 1-1-0.

DAVIES: Olson 2-5-0 (22 assists), Papachek 7-0-1, Binde 2-2-0, Mikkelsen 1-0-1, Schilke 0-0-3, Kinglie 6-1-0, Helland 4-0-0, Tomhave 7-4-0.

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