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Volleyball: Arrows snap skid with 3-2 win

Aanika Anderson

The Ashby-Destiny Academy volleyball team put an end to an eight-game skid with a 3-2 home victory over Parkers Prairie on Tuesday night.

“I can’t express enough how proud I am tonight after this win,” Arrows head coach Hayley Stevens said. “My girls showed up in full force. After a couple weeks of struggling with team togetherness, things clicked and they came together and won this as one unit.”

Ashby (3-14) took the first set 25-17 before the Panthers (7-14) evened it up with a 25-22 victory in the second. Likewise, the Arrows went ahead 2-1 as 25-20 winners in the third set, but Parkers rallied for a 25-16 win in the fourth.

It brought on the decisive fifth set, and Ashby-Destiny Academy eked out a 15-13 win to clinch its third victory of the season.

“This isn’t and wasn’t about six girls on the court, but the whole team,” Stevens said. “We depend on our bench to be ready in a second’s notice, and they are always ready to compete when called upon. I appreciated their noise and encouragement throughout the game and hope that each player realizes their importance to the program.”

Brynn Krupke had a team-high 15 kills for the Arrows, while Aanika Anderson added nine. Anderson also picked up three aces while going 13-for-13 at the service line, which followed up a 17-for-17 performance from Amelia Barry and a 19-for-19 day from Josey Ness.

Barry also finished with five aces and 26 assists, while Ness had 14 digs. Courtney Koefod racked up 41 digs, and Halle Dahlen tallied five blocks, as well.

The Arrows have had a difficult time finding the win column this year, but Stevens is happy to see the development within the program.

“This season has been about growth, on and off the court, and consistency,” Stevens said. “Our lack of togetherness has hurt us at times, and the thing I have wanted the girls to take out of this season the most is that they need to count on one another and trust what their teammates can do for them. (On Tuesday), this is exactly what I saw.”

The Arrows will hope to start a winning streak when they host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at 7:15 p.m. tonight in Ashby.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Echo Press in Alexandria. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Alexandria area sports updates and jokes he thinks are funny.

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