Otters sheath SabresPublished 10:14am Wednesday, September 18, 2013
After losing its first Central Lakes Conference game in over two seasons, the Fergus Falls girls were looking for the magic that created that streak.
On Tuesday, the magic returned as the Otters were able to defeat the visiting Sartell-St. Stephen Sabres 25-11, 25-15, 25-23.
Fergus came out ready to avenge its loss as it blistered through the first two sets, winning with ease.
In the third set, the Otters ran into its old foe — complacency. After taking the first two sets, the Fergus girls looked to coast to a win, but the Sabres would not give up as they fought tooth and nail to stay with the reigning CLC champs.
After a close final set, the Otters were able to claim the sweep and get back into the W column.
“It was a good recovery from the loss against Alexandria,” Otter coach Renee Erickson said. “We have to find a way to get out of the pattern that sees us get comfortable with a two set lead.”
Offensively, Fergus had a well balanced attack as Amber Boese led the team with 11 kills, but teammates Laura Gaustad (11) and Brianna Rasmusson (9) contributed nearly equal numbers.
Brooklyn Seland, a junior varsity call up, had a great night from the service line going eight for nine with three aces. Rasmusson and Ashley Reinertson each recorded two aces in the win.
One area the Otters did improve on is blocking its opponent’s attacks.
“We had our best night of blocks in this game,” Erickson said.
Rasmusson led the way with seven blocks, while Anna Monke chipped in five and a half and Kristin Traiser had three. Fergus would combine for 22 1/2 blocks in the game.
The Otters will prepare for another CLC battle as it hosts Rocori. The Spartans will be another tough match up for Fergus as it played neck and neck with the Alexandria Cardinals, falling in five sets. The showdown on the court will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.