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Deacons top Eagles in five-set thriller

FARGO - The two remaining undefeated volleyball teams in the Eastern Dakota Conference met on the court Thursday night, and what followed was a five-set thriller.

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Fargo Shanley’s Kylie Kanwischer hits the ball over the net against Fargo Davies on Thursday in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO – The two remaining undefeated volleyball teams in the Eastern Dakota Conference met on the court Thursday night, and what followed was a five-set thriller.

Fargo Shanley rallied to post a 23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-15, 15-9 victory over Fargo Davies at McCormick Gymnasium.

“We never gave up and fought to the last point,” Shanley senior middle hitter Somer Bucholz said. “In the last set, we told ourselves not one ball is going to hit the floor.”

The fifth set was dominated by gridlock in the early going, and the two teams were tied 8-8 when the Deacons (12-1, 6-0 EDC) began to separate.

Bucholz slammed a kill to give Shanley the lead, and senior middle hitter Alivia Fraase followed with a block and a kill.

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In full control late, the Deacons went to Fraase for match point. The University of North Dakota volleyball commit contributed her 15th kill of the seesaw match and helped keep Shanley’s conference record unblemished.

“The intensity we played with in the fifth set was phenomenal,” said Fraase, who added six blocks and two aces. “It was an up-and-down match, but our intensity just kept skyrocketing. Nothing was going to stop us.”

Davies took an early 1-0 lead after rallying from a 23-17 deficit in the first set. The Eagles (10-2, 5-1) also led 2-1 before the Deacons forced a fifth set.

“We kept lifting each other up the whole match,” Davies senior outside hitter Tori Helland said. “We wanted the match really bad, but we sort of fell apart late and could not finish it off. There definitely will be some fire under our feet the next time we play (Shanley).”

Davies senior outside hitter Arlana Prost collected 13 kills and senior middle hitter Alayna Haugen finished with 12 kills.

Bucholz finished with 14 kills and two aces for Shanley.

“That was a great volleyball match between two teams that are still improving and will be much better the next time they play each other,” Shanley head coach Curt Johnson said.

Junior middle hitter Natalie Tomhave added seven kills and six blocks for the Eagles.

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DAVIES (kills-blocks-aces): Binde 7-0-0, Haugen 12-1-0, Tomhave 7-6-1, Prost 13-0-0, Langlie 0-0-0 (39 assists), Helland 7-2-0, Mikkelsen 2-0-2.

SHANLEY: Fraase 15-6-2, Kanwischer 9-2-1, Weber 10-0-1, Dietz 3-0-0, Bucholz 14-0-2, Sandy 1-3-0 (44 assists).

 

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