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Tom Mix, Published October 29 2013

Fargo Shanley tops Fargo Davies in EDC volleyball, wins regular-season title

FARGO – A win Tuesday in its Eastern Dakota Conference volleyball match against Fargo Davies meant Fargo Shanley would win its second consecutive regular-season conference championship.

After stumbling in the first set, the Deacons recovered to post a 21-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-11 victory over the Eagles at McCormick Gymnasium.

“We knew we could fight back,” Shanley senior middle hitter Maddy Stark said of the Deacons’ rally. “We don’t roll over.”

It was a matchup between teams first and second in the EDC standings.

Davies got Shanley off-balance early, scoring several points off of tips in the attempt to neutralize the Deacons’ block. Shanley battled back to tie the opening set 21-21, but Davies rattled off a 4-0 run to earned the early advantage.

“We have been in that situation before, and we told the girls that we needed to match their intensity,” Shanley head coach Curt Johnson said. “All the girls stepped up and took that challenge.”

Shanley junior middle hitter Alivia Fraase finished with 18 kills, four blocks and an ace serve for the Deacons (24-2, 15-1 EDC).

With the win, the Deacons earn the No. 1 seed for the upcoming East Region volleyball tournament, which begins Nov. 12.

“Our goal was to win the regular-season championship, and our second goal is to now get healthy heading into the East Region tournament,” Johnson said. “We also want to win that tournament. We have advanced to the championship game the last three years and it would be nice to win one.”

Shanley has lost to Grand Forks Red River in the East Region tournament championship the last three years.

Stark, one of three seniors on the team honored prior to the match, added 11 kills, four blocks and four ace serves for Shanley.

Johnson said better passing helped fuel the Deacons’ improved play in the final three sets.

“They outplayed us,” Davies head coach Missy Wilson said. “Unfortunately, we made some great passes that we were unable to get points from, and against a team like Shanley, there are no freebies. We didn’t earn enough points, and we committed too many unforced errors.”

Sophomore Carla Binde finished with nine kills for the Eagles (20-7, 12-4).

DAVIES (kills-blocks-aces): Papachek 6-2-0 (21 digs), Binde 9-1-0 (22 digs), Langlie 0-0-1, Haugen 2-1-0, Tomhave 6-4-1, Olson 6-4-0 (24 assists), Mikkelsen 0-0-1, Kringlie 6-0-0.

SHANLEY: Fraase 18-4-1 (33 digs), Stark 11-4-4, Krauter 0-0-1 (15 assists), Jacobson 8-0-2 (19 digs), Bucholz 9-0-1, Sandy 0-0-0 (25 assists), Vetter 1-0-0, Corbid 0-0-1.

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