Valley City picked up a 3-1 (25-21, 25-13, 11-25, 25-14) road win over West Fargo High School as the teams faced off in an Eastern Dakota Conference battle Tuesday night, Oct. 8.
With Tuesday's win, Valley City improved to 11-7 overall and 8-5 in the EDC. The Packers fell to 18-6 overall and 9-5 in the EDC.
Packers head coach Kelsey Gibbons said her team's takeaway from Tuesday's match was to be able to terminate the ball in front of the net.
"We made too many mistakes in the front row, and we had the opportunity and didn't take advantage of getting those swings," she said.
West Fargo senior McKenna Becher was first on the board with a spike in what would be a back-and-forth first half of the opening set.
Following Becher's point, Valley City slowly gained the upper hand in the first set, having a 6-point lead and causing the Packers to take their second timeout.
West Fargo inched their way back with four unanswered points, but couldn't capture the set.
At match point, West Fargo's Lucie Holaday hit the ball out of bounds and the Hi-Liners clinched the opener 25-21 .
The Hi-Liners and Packers were neck and neck in the start of the second set. But Valley City quickly gained momentum to tally seven unanswered points at match point.
The Hi-Liners clinched the second set 25-13 thanks to a kill by outside hitter Macy Olstad. Olstad recorded 14 kills in the contest.
West Fargo entered the third set trailing by two. The Packers, who at one point had a 13-point lead, had a newfound momentum.
A pair of Erin Binstock kills carried the West Fargo to a 25-11 win in set three. Binstock, a junior outside hitter, also notched 14 kills in the match and led the team with 20 digs.
Valley City regained control in the fourth set, opening with seven unanswered points.
Two kills from senior Cali Halgrimson led the Hi-Liners to a 25-14 victory over the Packers in the fourth and final set. Halgrimson tallied 13 kills in the match.
Packers outside hitter Holaday chalked up four aces in the match and had 12 digs. She recorded 44 aces last year. Junior Brynn Giesen recorded 18 digs in the match.
West Fargo junior Maddie McKinnon tallied seven kills in the contest. Nadia Chwialkowski, a sophomore outside hitter, had six kills.
Chwialkowski is back after a concussion cut her freshman season short. Gibbons is happy to finally have her back on the court.
"She's doing great things for us. We're super proud of her," Gibbons said. "She's coming in and fulfilling her role just fine. She's definitely one of our top swingers."
West Fargo lost to Valley City both times the teams faced each other last season.
The Packers would next compete in the Scheels Invitational tournament held Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, at Fargo's public high schools.
Heading into the tournament, Gibbons said there were some aspects her team needed to work on.
"I think that over the last couple of weeks, we were just content for some reason. So being willing to bring in 110% effort every match is huge for us," she said. "And after tonight, definitely terminating the ball is something that's important for us as we go in and play some good teams on Friday, we gotta bring it."
Going into Tuesday's matchup, the Packers were swept by cross-town rival Sheyenne (15-4, 10-3 EDC) on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Fargo Davies (18-1, 14-0 EDC) is the only other in-conference team the Packers have lost to this season.