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Page 8 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER I 6, 2016 Photos: Larry Bid Top Left: Aggies Taylor Dalbey battles it out at the net with Finley- Sharon/HopePage Spartans Jana lVlehus in the Region 2 Volleyball Cham- pionship won by the Aggies. Taylor and Jana were named to the All-Re- gion 2 Team. Jana was also named senior athlete of the year. Bottom Left: Park River/Forville-Lankin Aggies senior Bailey Beneda goes up for a kill shot against Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page in the Championship game of the Region 2 Tournament in Mayville. The Aggies downed the Spartans, 25- 13, 20-25, 25-21, and 25-23 to advance to the State Volleyball Toumament in Mayville. Bailey was named to the All-Region 2 Team. Top Right: Dray- tonNalley-Edinburg Titans Emily Swanson bumps the volleyball over the net against Thompson. The'Starts downed the Tommies 25-17, 25-21, 19- 25 and 25.17 to capture third place at the Region 2 Volleyball Tournament in Mayville. Emily was selected to the All-Region 2 Team. Bottom Right: rrtans Taylor Reilly slams the ball past a Thompson defender. Taylor was chosen to the All-Region 2 Team. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press MAYVILLE, N.D. --There was only one upset Tuesday night and it was in the Presidential elec- tion. In Region 2 girls volleyball, the number one and number two seeded teams both advanced to the championship match. For the Aggies, the road to the title game was relatively smooth Sweeping North Border in their opening match 25-16, 25-14, and 25-16 the Aggies had little trouble with the team that beat them late in the year. The Aggies spread the scoring load around with Taylor Dalbey (5 kills), Hannah Gordon (2 kills), Bailey Beneda (7 kills), Elaina Swartz (4 kills) and Jenna Zavalney (4 kills and 16 assists) The Aggies got up early and rolled to easy wins to put them in the senti finals against Dray- ton/Valley-Edinburg who defeat- ed May-Port-C-G in a five set thriller that had to go to overtime in the fifth game before a winner could advance. Semi Finals: Aggies defeat Titans 3-1 On paper it may have looked easy, but the three games to one win for the Aggies Tuesday night was anything but. The Aggies hung on and had to come from be- hind in the eventual decisive set to eliminate DVE and punch their own ticket to the region champi- onship match. After taking set one in overtime 26-24, the Aggies rode the mo- mentum through another tough game in the second. Trailing at one point 13-10, a time out changed the flow of the game and the Aggies bounced back. A kill by Bailey Beneda tied it at 14 and from there the Aggies never trailed again. Elaina Swartz followed with an ace and added a kill later to push the Aggies to a 25-19 win. Game three went to the Titans as they got up midway through the match and hung on to force game tour. Tied at 5-5, TaylOr Stegman started a 7-1 Titan run with a kill. The sophomore followed up with another kill to keep the run going. The Aggies battled back to make it close, but fell on a service error to end this game at 25-23. The Aggies would trail in the tburth game at 13-10 betbre back to back kills by Elaina Swartz, a Photo: Larry Biri Above: All-Region 2 Volleyball Team announced at Region 2 Toumament are Front (I-r) Bailey Beneda, Park River-Fordville/Lankin, Na- talie Carignan, North Border, Zoie Breckheimer and Cierra Jacobson, Rnley-Sharon/Hope-Page, Hannah Johnson, North Border and Jenna Zavalney, Park River/Forville-Lankin; Back Row (I-r), Taylor Reilly, Laiken Larson and Emily Swanson, DraytonNalley-Edinburg, Jana Mehus, Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, Jana was also chosen Region 2 Senior of the Year, Alicia Larsgaard, Griggs County Central, Katja Barge, Hillsb0ro-Cen'ffal Valley, Madison Knudsvig, Mayville-Portland-Clifford Galesberg, Taylor Dalbey, Park R ver-Fordville/I.anldn and Taylor Zak, Thompson. By Kevin Skavhaug the Region 2 Volleyball Championship last week. Aggie head of The Press coach Sherry Currie was named Coach of the Year in Region 2. MAYVILLE, N.D.-- Jenna Zavalney, Taylor Dalbey and Bai- Three players from Drayton/Valley-Edinburg were also ley Beneda were named to the All Region 2 Volleyball team from named to the team. Taylor Reilly, Laiken Larson, and Emily Swan- Park River/Fordville-Lankin. The three seniors led the Aggies to son were also selected. Taylor Dalbey kill and a Jenna vance to the championship match. Championship Match of the power came fiom the arm of Zavalney ace tied it at 13. From "We really wanted this one The team coach Sherry CurrieTaylor Dalbey. Dalbey had six of there the two teams traded points tomght, stud Aggle senior Jenna wanted to see showed up Thursday her match high 1 ) kills in that first until the Titans again were up by Zavalney. "We wanted to get back night. Playing with a high spirted, set. Dalbey accounted for five of three at 20-17. Gretchen Bruin- into that championship match and energetic effort, the PRFLAggies her team's first seven points with mondthen stepped up for the Ag- get revenge for losing to them made quick work ofthe defending four kills and an ace serve to get gies, picking up three big kills, the (Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page) for Region 2 champs with a 3-1 win. the Aggies up 7-2 in game one. last of which had the AgNes up 24- beating us in the championship last The energy was evident early, The Aggies would add to that 20. The seven point run for PRFL year." on. The Aggies electrified the lead with a solid ofl'ensive effort. broke the Titans and the Aggies The Aggies lost to FSHP three hometown fans with an impressive The Aggies were on target with finished it with a 25-22 win to ad- games to one in mid September. 25-13 win in game one and most their kills and went up 19-10. A Maris Miller ace would put the Ag- gies up 23-13 and they would close out game one from there. The Spartans would take game two 25-20. They would break open a 7-7 tie and go on top 19-15. The Aggies would make a late run but came up short and the match was tied at one game apiece. In the pivotal game three, the / play of the match came with the; Aggies down 6-4. A Bailey Bene- da save of a ball headed for the" stands had the Spartans gathering in the middle tbr a celebration of the point. Instead, Beneda's hus- tle saved the ball two rows deep in the bleachers. The ball was tipped back to Jenna Zavalney:who would easily send it to a wide open back court tbr the point "That play by Bailey was the perfect example of how these kids never gave up," said Cuttle. "It's just a reminder that you better be playing right through the whistle.'; From there the Aggies would begin their comeback. Zavalney would salt away another point with a kill to make it a 16-16 game. Zavalney had a huge match with 4l assists and 13 digs. A huge point came with the Aggies hanging onto a 20-19 lead. Amy Seim sent a rocket serve over the net and the ace gave the Aggies a two point lead at 21-19. From there the Aggies would finish the Spar- tans offwith an Elaina Swartz kill. The lburth and deciding game again would see the Aggies battle back. Down 17-10, the Aggies started the comeback with Bailey Beneda getting a kill. Taylor Dal- bey would follow up with a pair of aces, the second of which had this one tied at 17. FSHP rebounded and took a 19-17 lead before Gretchen Brummond stepped up and scored on back to back shots from the front row to tie it. "We played like we needed to tonight," said Brummond. "We were able to get all our hitters involved in the offense and everyone made big plays when we had to," Elaina Swartz would give the Aggies a lead at 21-20 and fi'om there the Aggies took it to set point at,24- 23 before a FSHP serve would sail long and out giving the Aggies the match win.