Volleyball: Riders sweep into finals
FARGO -- East Region regular season champion Grand Forks Red River is one win away from also being East Region tournament champion. The Roughriders, led by Emily Evers with 10 kills and Megan Stoley with 11 assists, beat West Fargo 25-19, 25-21, ...
FARGO -- East Region regular season champion Grand Forks Red River is one win away from also being East Region tournament champion.
The Roughriders, led by Emily Evers with 10 kills and Megan Stoley with 11 assists, beat West Fargo 25-19, 25-21, 25-13 in an East Region tournament semifinal on Friday.
Red River plays Fargo South at 4 p.m. today in the championship.
"We played very well today," Red River coach Carolyn Olson said. "We did a good job of moving up on defense and working together as a team. It was a very good match today and both teams played well. We thankfully came out on the winning end."
Allison Barta led West Fargo with five kills and six assists, while Jenna Green added four kills and three aces.
"We are happy having qualified for the state tournament and at this time we just want to go out and have a good time tomorrow and see what happens," Olson said. "We'll definitely go out and play our hardest tomorrow."
Fargo North 3, GF Central 1: Central took the first game against an East Region opponent for the first time this season. But North turned around to score the first 15 points of the second game and went on to a 23-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-15 win in the loser-out round of the region tournament.
"We came out passing as well as we have all year," Central coach Missy Miedema said. "We were aggressive with our serves and at the net. But, in the second game, they came out serving aggressively. We struggled with serve receive and they burst our bubble."
Caitlin Farroh had eight kills to pace Central. Melissa Ege had nine assists and Courtney Hammer seven as the Knights went to a 6-2 offense. "It gave us a different look and we did better in it," Miedema said.
Angie Waller had 19 kills for the Spartans, with Keli Johnson getting six kills and 10 assists.
"We knew Waller was a key to the match, that we had to stop her," Miedema said. "But she's just so good, a complete player all around."