The East Grand Forks Green Wave volleyball team survived a tight first set and cruised in the next two in a 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-18) sweep over the Sacred Heart Eagles in an intracity matchup on Friday night at East Grand Forks High School.

East Grand Forks started off hot, taking a 6-2 lead to start the first set, but Sacred Heart went on a nice early run themselves, taking an 11-9 lead and prompting an East Grand Forks timeout. After that, the first set was well contested and it came down to the wire. Sacred Heart played from behind in most of the first frame, but were able to tie it at 22-22 and again 24-24. However, a late service error by the Eagles and a kill from EGF’s Jessie Helgeland closed out the first set, as the Green Wave won it 26-24. Helgeland had a terrific match, knocking down five kills in the first frame.

The set was rarely in doubt, as East Grand Forks jumped out to a 9-0 lead. Sacred Heart strung some points together, but ultimately never recovered and the Green Wave cruised to a 25-11 win in set two. Jessie Helgeland continued her hot streak with six more kills in the second set.

Sacred Heart had a better start, but still played from behind in most of the third set. As the set wore on, the Green Wave’s lead eventually grew to 20-9. The Eagles showed some grit late, getting some late kills from Avery Horken and Sydney Lloyd, but the Green Wave’s Kendra Emery had the final kill to end the third set at 25-18.

East Grand Forks went 5-1 in the month of November and ended the 2020 season with a 7-5 record. Sacred Heart, who was only able to play two matches in all of November, ended the 2020 campaign with a 4-4 record.

1 2 3
East Grand Forks 26 25 25
Sacred Heart 24 11 18


For East Grand Forks
Kills – Jessie Helgeland – 15, Kendra Emery – 6
Aces – Annika Beauchamp, Kendra Emery – 3
Blocks – Ella Eggers, Ella Hluncny, Halle Carpenter – 1

For Sacred Heart
Kills – Kyra Majors – 9, Avery Horken – 5, Sydney Lloyd – 3
Assists – Dana Walski – 19
Aces – Bella Knudson – 3
Blocks – Kyra Majors – 3