Bishop Ryan sinks Lakers

A five-set win Tuesday against a struggling Kenmare team generated some worry among the Bishop Ryan roster.

The Lions can rest easy after overpowering Des Lacs-Burlington 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 on Thursday at Bishop Ryan High School.

“We just wanted to come out and forget about it,” Ryan coach Kaycee Grochow said.

Ryan (16-1-1 overall, 3-0 District 12) dug itself out of a 14-10 hole in the first set on a stuff block by Gabbie Bohl and then recorded three straight points on the junior middle blockers’s mammoth jump serve.

The Lakers (3-5-3, 1-2) held even with the Lions until senior outside hitter Brieann Backes and Bohl drilled back-to-back kills for a 23-21 lead. Ryan induced a DL-B net violation on its second set point to stymie the visiting Lakers’ momentum.

Ryan junior libero Maddie Wald and senior outside hitter Macy Christianson each served five straight points in the second frame for leads of 13-6 and 22-10. Senior Anika Rovig and Bohl tallied kills and the Lakers failed to control Ryan junior Hannah Stewart’s serve on set point.

DL-B coach Tarra Froseth said losing a hotly contested opening set dismantled her team’s moxie.

“Any time that you play tight with a team that is a good program and you lose it, it’s hard to get that momentum going again in the next set,” she said.

The Lakers seized a 19-15 advantage in the third game and threatened to extend the match, but Bohl wouldn’t allow that to happen.

The 6-foot-2 Bohl blocked DL-B’s Courtney DeGree and Megan DeGree on consecutive points, pounded a booming kill and recorded another block as the Lions rattled off seven of eight points for a 22-20 buffer.

“Gabbie’s definitely clutch,” Rovig said. “She shows up when she’s supposed to. She’s a great player.”

Wald landed an ace and Bohl dropped in two more kills to clinch the match for Ryan, which claimed 10 of the final 12 points.

Ryan’s length up front bothered the Lakers’ attack, Froseth said.

“When we’re a team that kind of lives on our hitting game and you have a team that can block and block and block,” she said, “it just takes so much out of a hitter to get a stuff block like that not once, but twice or three times or however many it is.”

The Lions have their swagger back now, just in time for Tuesday’s home match against rival Our Redeemer’s Christian School.

“I think that everybody knew that Tuesday game wasn’t really like we know we can play,” Rovig said. “We were all just kind of frustrated, but we came back to practice on Wednesday and we worked on the things we needed to. We came out to play (tonight).”

Ryan Holmgren covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.