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Pa, ge 10 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER I 8, 2015 Photos: Larry Biri Left: Aggie captains pick up the second place hardware at the Region 2 Volley- bal Toumarrent. Erin Kovarik (I-r) Taylor Dalbey, Mahdi Seim and Peyton Cole. Taylor and Erin were also chosen to the All Region 2 Team, Ja yn Lar- son of DraytonNal- ley-Edinburg. Right: Aggie girls celebrate their big semi Re- gion 2 semi final win over favored Thomp- son. The Aggies downed the Tom- mies, 25-21, 2'3-25, 25-18, 21-25 and 15. 5 in the deciding fifth set. Aggies visible are (l-r) Gracyn Cole, Elaina Swartz, Gretchen Brunmond and Jenna Zavalney. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press GRAFTON, N.D. -This one was li@or made. The match be- twe :n Drayton-Valley-Edinburg and Park River/Fordville-Lankin was the most exciting of the region quarterfinal rounds in Grafton Monday. The game eventually boiled town to a shootout of each team % middle hitters. DVE's Tay- lor P, eilly and PRkL's Taylor Dal- bey were key players for their re- spective teams in this 3-2 match won by the Aggies. And while Reilly won the bat- tle. in the very end it was the Ag- gies winning the war. Reilly was impressive at the net and was the standout player in the match. Coming into the game with her team down !)6 ingame one, Reilly went on a streak of dOmi- nation over the Aggies front line. Reilly spearheaded her team back to a l 6- 16 tie in game one and al- though the Titans would go on to lose this set, as well as the next, her play set the tone for a fi'antic fin- ish. The other Taylor, Dalbey, was working a little nmgic of her own. Scoring four of the first five points li)r PRFL, Dalbey put her team in position to go on a three-galne sweep. That wasn't to be howev- er. After the Aggies hung on for a win in game one (25-20) they cagily cruised to a 25-13 win in game two. The Aggies were dom- inant in game two, especially at the net with Peyton Cole, Dalbey, and Gretchen Brummond doing most of the damage up front. Bailey Bencda came on strong late in game two with three big points of her own. Game three would turn the tide however. With the Aggies up 20- 18. Reilly would lead the Titans back with kills on three of the next Photo: Larry Biri Above: Drayton/Valley-Edinburg Titan Jalyn Larson returns a shot over the net as teammate Mariah Kasprowicz looks on. The two girls are the only seniors on this years squad which lost to Park River/Fordville-Lanldn in five sets in the Region 2 Tournament quarterfinals. four plays. Another Reilly kill at the the Titans had yet to win one. Tied t23rd point would see DVE go up through the 10th point, the Aggies 24-23 and a ball handling miscue rode the will of Cole to the finish. ended game three and kept the Ti- Cole, the senior leader of the team, tans alive, had three early kills and would end As game two was all Aggies, the match with a game high 17 on game four was all Titans. Al- the night. Dalbey would mop up though both teams battled evenly at the end of the extra set, pound- through the tenth point, a pair of ing down two kills in the last five Rachel Jonasson aces put the Titans Aggie points including a game up 12-10. From there DVE ran winning block at the net. away with this one as they had the "I felt good going into game Aggies reeling on their heels the five," said Aggie coach Sherry rest of the way. DVE won game Currie. "We'd been in this position four 25-15. before this year and I knew the Ntis The fifth and deciding set can were confident." possibly be chalked up to experi- With the win the Aggies moved ence. The Aggies had yet to lose a on to the semi finals against five game match all year (4) and Thompson. By Kevin Skavhaug of]he Press GRAFTON, N.D. -- The ghost of tournaments past has most defi- nitely stayed in Larimore, at least as far as the Aggies are concerned. While the Aggies bowed out of the toummnent early last year, this year their post-season fortunes are much improved. The Aggies stunned a heavily favored Thompson Tommie team here Tuesday in a spirited 3-2 win. On paper Thompson was going to the championship match Thurs- day night. In reality, the Aggies dom- inated the Tommies and walked out of the Grafton gym with a 3-2 win and a date with Hope-Page- Finley-Sharon for a chance to win a Region championship. Aggie coach Sherry Currie was proud of her team after the match. "The girls didn't just talk about it, they went out and did it! It was a great team effort tonight," she added. Game one saw the Aggies get up and maintain a safe four point cush- ion. The Aggies would lead by four six different times in the game only to see Thompson chip away but the AgNes led from start to finish in this one. Taylor Dalbey and Peyton Cole led the way up front while Erin Kovarik played well on the defen- sive end. The AgNes would take the game with a Cole kill to the right side and a 25-21 win. The Aggies seemingly had game two in the bag as well. With an Elaina Swartz kill to put the Aggies up 18-12, it looked like PRFL was well in control. But a flurry by the Tommies had them tying the game at 20. The Tommies would then go on a 4-0 run. The Aggies did get two points before a somewhat contro- versial "touched" ball ended the game at 25-23 for Thompson. The Aggies again controlled play in game three. PRFL jumped on Thompson early and led 9-3 behind the play of Peyton Cole. Jenna Zavalney would have a nice game Photo:LarryBin Above: PRFL Aggies Edn Kovark returns serve against Thornpsoo as team mate Mandi Seim closely watches. Both are seniors on this years Aggie squad. The Aggies had an excellent season finishing second in the Re- gion 2 Toumament, downing Drayton-Valley-Edinburg and Thompson in five before losing to Finley-SharorVHo Page in the Championship in three. at the net in game three, picking up two big kills lnidway through the game. She would end it with a kill and a convincing 25-18 Aggie win. Game four was almost a carbon copy of game two. The Aggies controlled play and looked to be the much more confident team. Going up 12-4, the Aggies had all the mo- mentum. But Thompson, as they did in game two, battled back and even- tually had this one tied at 16. The teams traded points back and forth through the 20th point but Thomp- son pulled away and ended it on a Taylor Zak kill for a 25-2 / win set- ting up the rubber match game five. "We were playing consistent and not making errors so we were con- fident going into game five," Cur- fie said. And that played out in spades. The Aggies completely shut the door on Thompson, using the same recipe they did in the previous four games; that is, getting out to an ear- ly lead. This tim,e however, there was no Thompson comeback. With a Gretchen Brummond kill at the fourth point (4-1), the AgNes were offand running early. A kill by Jenna Zavalney had the Aggies up 6-2 before a kill by Thompson's Emily Overby stopped the run. But the Aggies would end this one with a 9-2 mn to take the match. "We all knew we would win that fifth set," said Aggie senior Peyton Cole. "We had beaten them to 15 in all tbur sets, and we just knew w'e were playing better than they were." 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