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Red River holds off Central in prep volleyball rivalry

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Red River's Jada Steen goes airborne for a spike at home Tuesday night against crosstown rival Grand Forks Central. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 3
Central libero Grace Jackson lines up her serve Tuesday night against Red River High School. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 3

Ella Fosse didn't get a kill or a block Tuesday. At crunch time, however, she played a big part in getting the Grand Forks Red River offense rolling.

The Roughriders held off Grand Forks Central, beating the Knights 25-10, 25-15, 22-25, 23-25, 15-10 in volleyball at Red River High School.

After Central won two straight sets to pull even at 2-2, Red River never trailed in the fifth. With Fosse serving to open the set, Red River got two kills from Karlie Robson and a block and two kills from Kaylee Lancaster to take a 5-0 lead.

"Ella is a good server,'' Red River coach Carolyn Olson said. "She kept Central out of system to start the fifth. That gave us a better opportunity to run our offense and to be aggressive.''

Lancaster had five kills and two blocks in the fifth set, in which Red River had 10 kills and only two hitting errors. "Kaylee played a solid fifth set,'' Olson said. "We cleaned up our errors in the fifth set. That hitting (accuracy) is a nice place to be.

"Central did a good job of setting the tone in the third set. They battled back and we got tentative.''

Red River was close to a sweep, holding 19-12 and 21-18 leads in the third set. But Central went on a 7-1 run, winning the set on a Katie Noreen kill. Central rallied from a 23-20 deficit in the fourth set, with Aubrea Lommen serving the final five points for the win.

"We couldn't get our offense going at the start,'' Central coach Katie Arthur said. "We couldn't get into a groove until the third set.

"When push came to shove at the end, in the final set we needed to swing hard, to be more aggressive.''

Lancaster finished with 10 kills and Robson and Page had 11 apiece to lead the balanced Red River attack. Jaylin Perrault had seven kills and Noreen six to pace Central.

Eagles sweep Wave

Sacred Heart extended its dominance in East Grand Forks volleyball Tuesday.

The Eagles swept visiting East Grand Forks Senior High 25-17, 25-10, 25-9, marking the fifth consecutive season Sacred Heart won the intracity match.

Ivy Edwards had 14 kills, Jessica Remer 12 and Maddi Mitzel seven kills to go with three blocks as 20-1 Sacred Heart had a strong showing at the net. Dana Walski had 31 assists.

"We had a good offensive night,'' Sacred Heart coach Emily Vonasek said. "We were able to get the ball to our hitters, and they hit well. When we pass well, we create offense.''

Sydney Holub and Haley Burger each had two kills and two blocks for Senior High.