Faith Christian captures volleyball tourney title

Faith Christian School went 3-0 to capture the championship at the Granite City Tournament last Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, in St. Cloud.

The Saints, who entered the tournament with some momentum after topping Valley Christian 3-1 Thursday, Sept. 13, at FCS, opened tournament play Friday by handling Grace Baptist of Mankato 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-12).

“Like we did against Valley Christian, we got stronger each game,” said Faith Christian Coach Mike Sohre. “We played great defense in the third game as we only allowed three points off their serving.”

Senior Lauren Freichels was 16-for-18 serving, with six aces, and she had 17 digs while sophomore Ashley Johnson was 9-9 serving and added five kills and 22 digs. Senior Madde Brown had 21 digs, sophomore Ashley Nordvik was 12-12 serving and senior Carlyn Ross was 9-10 serving and had three aces and nine digs.

Later Friday, the Saints trimmed Cloverdale Christian 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-8).

“We were favored in this match and our challenge was not to let down,” said Sohre. “We were able to play to the level we are capable of without sacrificing our level of intensity.”

Freichels was 23-23 serving, with 15 aces, while Johnson was 15-16 serving, with six aces. Brown was 10-12 serving, with eight aces, and she had six kills.

On Saturday, FCS edged  the Twin Ports Eagles of Duluth-Superior 3-2. The Saints won the first game 25-15, lost the second 25-19 and won the third 25-14. Twin Ports tipped FCS 26-24 in the fourth game before FCS scored the win by taking the fifth game 15-7.

“It was a close, intense match,” said Sohre. “After the first set it looked like it might be an easy match for us but Twin Ports fought back.

“We finished strong to win the tournament title.”

Freichels was 22-23 serving, with 10 aces and five kills and she notched 32 digs. Johnson was 13-13 serving and she had 13 kills, 27 digs and 14 sets while Brown was 10-13 serving, with five aces, nine kills and 30 digs.

Ross was 16-19 serving, with four aces and 12 digs, and sophomore Korrina Rauschendorfer was 13-19 serving, with five aces and nine digs. Nordvik was 12-17 serving, with three aces and six digs.

Brown and Freichels were named to the all-tournament team and Brown was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Faith lost to Cambridge Christian 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 11.