ORCS beats Berthold on Senior Night in four sets

Robert Brewer/MDN Knights middle hitter Aubrey Griedl (15) goes up for this successful kill attempt early in the first set against Berthold on Tuesday evening.

Our Redeemer’s Christian School (29-6) closed out their regular season district schedule on Tuesday night with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-14, 25-11 victory over visiting Berthold on Senior Night. Prior to the game, Our Redeemer’s senior class consisting of Sydney Popinga, Eden Olson, Cheyenne Lang and Calli Weekley were recognized for their contributions to the volleyball program.

In the first set, the Knights utilized a balanced attack offensively to build up a lead. Late in the set, Our Redeemer’s held a 21-13 advantage. However, execution miscues opened the door for Berthold to get back in the game. With the score 23-20, a set by Lang took the Berthold defense by surprise and gave Our Redeemer’s set point at 24-20. On the ensuing rally, a block at the net from Popinga allowed Knights to take opening set 25-20.

ORCS could not sustain its momentum in the second set as they were on the wrong end of a 25-22 score. In the third set, the Knights rebounded with a 25-14 win which was capped off by a Berthold service error. In the final set of the night, Our Redeemer’s overwhelmed Berthold with a 14-4 run to take a commanding 22-10 lead en route to the match win.

Offensively, Lang led the Knights with a game-high 18 kills. Meanwhile, three other players all notched double-digits in kills. Maya Vibeto had 13, Aubrey Griedl had 11, and Olson had 10. Defensively, Vibeto led the way for Our Redeemer’s with 19 digs. Olson enjoyed a solid all-around outing with team highs in assists (43) and aces (6) to go along with her 10 kills.

For Berthold, senior Cashley Brown recorded a team-high seven kills, and Piper Sorenson added four. Setter Natalie Helfrich posted 17 assists, and Emily Wilson led all players with 40 digs in defeat.

With the regular season district schedule over, Our Redeemer’s will be among the teams competing in the District 12 tournament to be held at the Minot Auditorium. The tournament is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 28. Meanwhile, Berthold’s season moves forward with a 7 p.m. matchup against Kenmare on Oct. 18.


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