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Tom Mix, Published October 24 2013

Fargo Shanley defeats Grand Forks Red River in EDC volleyball

FARGO – Fargo Shanley has a simple strategy in five-set volleyball matches and so far this fall it has a 100 percent success rate.

The Deacons won their third five-set match of the season on Thursday defeating Grand Forks Red River 25-8, 14-25, 25-21, 25-27, 15-11 in Eastern Dakota Conference play at McCormick Gymnasium.

“Our motto in any fifth set is first to five, first to 10 and first to 15,” Shanley junior middle hitter Somer Bucholz said.

Shanley (23-2, 14-1 EDC) was indeed the first to five, first to 10 and the first to 15, but the Roughriders (14-11, 10-3) made the Deacons work for a lot of points.

“A five-set match this time of year is not a bad thing really,” Shanley head coach Curt Johnson said. “You have to wake up and realize that every team is playing its best by now and if you don’t come ready you are probably going to be on the wrong end of one.”

Shanley junior middle hitter and University of North Dakota volleyball commit Alivia Fraase put down five of her match-high 17 kills in the fifth set.

Fraase’s final kill of the match sparked a 4-0 run giving the Deacons the win after the fifth set was gridlocked at 11-11.

“In the fifth set, I though the girls played our style of volleyball,” Johnson said. “They all took a deep breath and were able to get some points.”

Fraase also finished with seven blocks and two ace serves. Bucholz and sophomore Sarah Jacobson added 13 and 10 kills respectively for the Deacons.

Red River has lost its last four matches, but was able to get EDC-leading Shanley out of rhythm and force a fifth set.

“Red River certainly challenged us to play our best,” Johnson said. “They were able to take us out of our offense at times especially in the second and fourth sets.”

Sophomore outside hitter Elli Strand led Red River with 11 kills and two ace serves. Junior outside hitter Keana Burr added 10 kills for the Roughriders.

“We battled a lot harder than we have the last couple of matches, which is a good sign this time of the year,” Red River head coach Carolyn Olson said. “It was a hard fought match on both sides, but we ultimately made too many errors at the end.”

RED RIVER (kills-blocks-aces): Borg 9-2-1, Adam 8-3-1, Rustebakke 0-1-0 (36 assists), Strand 11-0-2, Burr 10-0-3, O’Halloran 5-0-1, Johnson 1-0-0.

SHANLEY: Fraase 17-7-2, Krauter 0-0-1 (19 assists), Stark 8-1-1, Jacobson 10-0-1, Sandy 2-1-1 (22 assists), Bucholz 13-0-1, Vetter 1-0-0.

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