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N.D. STATE CLASS A VOLLEYBALL CONSOLATION: Riders mix it up, advance

MINOT -- A lineup shuffle paid off for Grand Forks Red River. The Roughriders rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Bismarck High 23-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-8, 15-13 on Friday in the consolation semifinals of the North Dakota Class A high school volley...

MINOT -- A lineup shuffle paid off for Grand Forks Red River.

The Roughriders rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Bismarck High 23-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-8, 15-13 on Friday in the consolation semifinals of the North Dakota Class A high school volleyball tournament.

After losing by 10 points in the third game, "we went with a different lineup, moving some kids around, and it worked well," Red River coach Carolyn Olson said. "We moved Jamie O'Halloran from libero to hitter and she made a difference."

Red River still had to rally in the fifth set, which saw eight ties. The Riders, down 12-10, went on a closing 5-1 run. Taylor Adam had three of the final five points, including the match-winner with a tip.

"We did the job finishing," Olson said. "We've been inconsistent with that."

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Adam had 16 kills and Keana Burr 12 to lead a balanced Red River offense, with Burr getting a team-leading 23 digs. Mari Rustebakke had 48 assists.

Natalee Todd had 18 kills and Morgan Miller 12 to lead Bismarck.

Red River plays Fargo Davies at noon today in the consolation championship. Davies advanced with a 25-20, 25-23, 25-12 sweep of Fargo South.

n Fargo Davies 3, Fargo South 0: Fargo Davies used its balance to overcome an outstanding all-around performance by Bruins sophomore Emily Stroup. The Eagles won in the consolation semifinals 25-20, 25-23, 25-12.

The Eagles had five players with five or more kills, led by Kinsey Papachek with 10 and Alayna Haugen with eight. Katelyn Olson had 30 assists to go with her five kills. Stroup had 15 kills, 15 digs and nine assists for the Bruins.

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