DLB bests Bombers

BURLINGTON Come tournament time, you can never quite be sure of what to expect from any particular matchup.

The Class B District 12 volleyball tournament had such an occurrence Thursday night in Burlington.

The Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers needed a full five games to hold off upset-minded Lewis & Clark-Berthold. The Lakers won 25-12, 12-25, 18-25, 25-14 and 15-6.

“We had a tough time putting the ball away in the final two matches,” L&C-Berthold coach Brooke Sorro said.

The Bombers, who were flat in the opening game loss, found momentum early in the second game and they jumped on it.

An ace by sophomore Abby Simons and a kill by freshman Toni Hamilton gave the the Bombers a 7-6 lead. From there, the Bombers used a 13-3 run to stretch the lead out to 20-9. Consecutive kills by Simons closed out the 13-point win by the Bombers.

In third game, the Bombers got an ace from Simons and a kill from senior Kari Fritel to build an 11-7 lead. Berthold held off several DL-B attempts to make a run, and the Bombers scored four of the final five points to close out the win.

“We knew Berthold would come out ready to fight,” DL-B coach Tarra Hysjulien said. “And they did.”

In the fourth game, the Lakers rode the play of senior Kayla Schaefer and junior Caitlyn Vogel to an 11-point win. Vogel had four kills in the fourth game, while Schaefer had two kills and an ace.

“They are absolute gamers,” Hysjulien said of her two players. “They have a lot to do with our success.”

And the Lakers rode the momentum from their game four victory in the decisive fifth game.

DL-B scored six of the first eight points and never trailed by more than two points en route to the nine-point win.

“When DL-B got the momentum,” Sorro said. “It was tough to get it back.”

Simons finished with 14 kills and five aces and Fritel added 14 kills in the loss for Berthold.

Vogel finished with 17 kills for DL-B, while Schaefer finished with 15. Senior Erica Moen added 30 assists.

DL-B will move on to play top-seeded Our Redeemer’s Christian School in the semifinals this season. ORCS advanced to the semifinals with a sweep of South Prairie earlier Thursday.

And Hysjulien knows exactly what to her team will face this evening.

“They are going to bring it,” she said.

The Bombers will face South Prairie this afternoon in a loser-out contest. The winner advances to a region-qualifying match on Monday.

“Tonight was exciting,” the Berthold coach said. “Whenever you go five games, there are always good things that come out of it.”

Mark Jones covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MarkJones27_MDN.