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Tom Mix, Published October 15 2013

Fargo North tops GFRR in EDC volleyball

FARGO – Fargo North served its way to a victory on Tuesday night.

The Spartans earned plenty of points from the back line during a 25-16, 10-25, 25-23, 25-12 Eastern Dakota Conference volleyball win over Grand Forks Red River at the Spartandome.

North posted 13 ace serves in the match.

“The two things we have been working on the most is our serves and serve receive,” Fargo North head coach Brooks Dockter said. “Our ball control wasn’t the best at times, but I thought our serving kept them out of system.”

North jumped out to a 5-0 lead in Set 1, establishing its serving early with three aces in the set. Senior middle hitter Emma Bergeron also added five kills to get North’s offense clicking.

North (12-11, 7-5 EDC) dropped its first match to the Roughriders earlier this season and hadn’t earned a win against Red River since Nov. 4, 2010.

“We really wanted to win this match,” said Bergeron, who finished with 18 kills. “It has been a long time since we have won against Red River, so this is a big win. I’m really proud of our team.”

Bergeron also posted three blocks and three aces for the Spartans. Junior outside hitter Tori Reinholz added six kills. North outside hitters Lindsey Markel and Alexis Bachmeier each finished with five kills.

“Emma is our leader, and she has been playing exceptionally well lately,” Dockter said. “It was nice to see us get production from some of the other girls as well. That takes some of the pressure off of Emma.”

Shelby and Dana Thorvilson led North’s serving attack, combining for seven aces. Both had back-to-back aces in the fourth set.

Red River (14-9, 10-3) entered the match in second place in the EDC standings, but committed many errors during the match, which fueled several rallies by the Spartans.

The Roughriders evened the match 1-1 with a win in Set 2. Junior middle hitter Taylor Adam and sophomore outside hitter Elli Strand each finished with six kills for Red River.

“We didn’t play very well,” Red River head coach Carolyn Olson said. “We didn’t move our feet well. We were six individuals during the match rather than a team. Obviously that wasn’t the case in Set 2 where we played much more cohesively.”

North plays its next four conference matches on the road.

“I hope it’s a confidence booster for us,” Dockter said. “Red River is a great team, and hopefully how we played in this match carries over into our next couple matches.”

RED RIVER (kills-blocks-aces): Borg 4-2-2, Glenn 5-1-0, Adam 6-1-1, Burr 4-0-2, Rustebakke 2-0-0 (22 assists), Strand 6-0-0, Kennelly 0-0-3.

NORTH: Bachmeier 5-0-0, Schmiess 1-1-2 (27 assists), Bergeron 18-3-3, Podoll 1-0-0 (5 assists), Reinholz 6-0-1, S. Thorvilson 0-0-3, Muellenberg 1-0-0, D. Thorvilson 0-0-4, Markel 5-1-0.

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