Kadrmas, Heart River sweep Beach for District 13 title
BOWMAN -- The Heart River volleyball team brought home quite a bit of hardware, winning the District 13 championship Tuesday night and sweeping the individual awards.
The top-seeded Cougars swept second-seeded Beach 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 at Bowman County High School's Solberg Gymnasium.
"We managed to keep the lead even thought it was really tight, a couple points here and there," said Heart River head coach Craig Pool, who was named District 13 Coach of the Year.
Miranda Kadrmas, who led Heart River with 18 kills, seven blocks and 14 digs, walked away with the District 13 Outstanding Senior of the Year award.
"I didn't really know who was going to get what," Kadrmas said. "I almost started to cry. I was looking to get something."
The 5-foot-9 senior aided her team with kills to end the first and second sets.
Kadrmas said she felt pressure from the beginning, but continued to play at the top of her game.
"A little bit at the end, we felt the pressure," Kadrmas said. "But we just played with a lot of heart and we just had to stay focused."
In the final set, Heart River and Beach were knotted up 17-17.
The Cougars knocked down a kill to take the lead and immediately took a timeout.
After the break, Heart River's Lacy Obrigewitch smacked two aces, while Quinn Steffan and Alyssa Kautzman each added a kill.
"I was just really hoping that we were going to win," said Steffan, who had 10 kills and four blocks. "It was a challenge, but at the same time we were having fun. It worked out for us."
The match went back and forth, but Heart River came up with the big kills and stops when they needed to.
"We knew that Beach plays really good defense and they have really good athletes," Pool said. "We wanted to control the offense, rather than play catch-up."
The Cougars started the first set on a 6-1 run, but Beach slowly inched its way back into contention. Though the Buccaneers never took the lead, they came close multiple times, tying it four times late, including 22-22.
The Cougars finished out the first set on a three-point run.
In the second set, Heart River got out to a big lead after Kadrmas had three aces during a nine-point run. That 13-4 lead was all the help the Cougars needed to take the second set.
Heart River's Nettie Splichal passed and scored, recording 21 assists, four kills, three blocks and eight digs.
Alyssa Zoook led Beach with six kills, followed by Kelcee Dykins with five. Steph Steele and Hailee Farstveet each had three.
Beach volleyball coach Allison Skari was not available for comment.
Heart River opens the Region 7 tournament at 3 p.m. Monday against District 14 No. 4 seed Richardton-Taylor at Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.
"This just puts us in a good spot for our next game," Kadrmas said. "I think it just really fired us."
Beach 22 18 20 -- 0
Heart River 25 25 25 -- 3
Kills: HR, Miranda Kadrmas 18, Quinn Steffan 10, Nettie Splichal 4. B, Alyssa Zook 6, Kelcee Dykins 5, Steph Steele 3, Hailee Farstveet 3.
Blocks: HR, Kadrmas 7, Steffan 4, Splichal 3. B, Steele 6, Farstveet 3, Dykins 2, Sarah Grant 1, Zook 1.
Aces: HR, Lacy Obrigewitch 5, Kadrmas 4, Splichal 3, Steffan 1. B, Grant 2, Zook 1, Steele 1, Farstveet 1.
Digs: HR, Steffan 14, Kadrmas 8, Splichal 8, Karli Northrop 8, Obrigewitch 7, Shanea Haugtvedt 6. B, Dykins 44, Farstveet 26, Destiny Portonova 22, Zook 22, Grant 9, Steele 4.
Assists: HR, Splichael 21. B, Grant 20.
Bowman County 3, New England 1
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs stole a spot in the Region 7 Tournament with a 13-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 victory over the fourth-seeded Tigers.
Kayla Palczewski led the Bulldogs with seven kills and Erika Olson contributed nine digs, five aces, six assists and a kill and block. Macy Smyle scored seven aces.
Kristen Neprash recorded 13 kills and seven digs for the Tigers. India Fitterer had 31 assists and 13 digs. Bryanna Rasch finished with 17 digs and eight kills.
Bowman County will face District 14 champion Beulah at 6 p.m. next Monday in the Region 7 tournament.
Bowman County 13 25 25 25 -- 3
New England 25 23 19 21 -- 1
Kills: BC, Kayla Palczewski 7, Macy Smyle 5, Brooke Lewton 4, Brittany Hansey 3, Erika Olson 1. NE, Kristen Neprash 13, Bryanna Rasch 8, Gabbi Hanson 6, Erin Volk 5, India Fitterer 3, Hannah Norday 3.
Blocks: BC, Smyle 2, Lewton 1, Olson 1. NE, Neprash 1, Hanson 1, Rasch 1.
Aces: BC, Smyle 7, Olson 5, Hansey 3, Haley Sabe 2. NE, Hanson 4, Rasch 3, Fitterer 3, Volk 2, Norday 2, Neprash 1.
Digs: BC, Olson 9, Sabe 7, Lewton 5, Paige Miller 4, Palczewski 3. NE, Rasch 17, Fitterer 13, Volk 10, Hanson 9, Neprash 7, Norday 6.
Assists: BC, Olson 6. NE, Fitterer 31.
Hettinger-Scranton 3, Mott-Regent 0
Taylor Kelner led the fifth-seeded Night Hawks with seven kills and 17 digs and helped her team sweep the third-seeded Wildfire 25-12, 25-15, 25-23. Courtney Anderson added five kills and 17 assists.
Abby Honeyman led the Wildfire with eight kills and six digs.
The Night Hawks face District 14 runner-up Dickinson Trinity at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Region 7 Tournament.
Hettinger-Scranton 25 25 25 -- 3
Mott-Regent 12 15 23 -- 0
Kills: HS, Taylor Kelner 7, Courtney Anderson 5, Becca Oase 5, Reba Resner 3, Alexis Maskegard 3. MR, Abby Honeyman 8, Lexi Roth 2, Alyssa Kautzman 2, Naomi Meier 1, Marah Friez 1.
Blocks: HS, Oase 3, Kelner 1. MR, Friez 1.
Aces: HS, Resner 6, Anderson 3, Kelner 2, Lindsey Honeyman 2. MR, Alyssa Olin 2, Kautzman 2, Roth 2.
Digs: HS, Kelner 17, Resner 11, L. Honeyman 11. MR, A. Honeyman 6, Molly Kouba 5, Roth 4, Friez 3, Meier 2, Olin 2, McKayla Roll 2, Kautzman 1.
Assists: HS, Anderson 17. MR, Olin 11, Roll 2, Kautzman 1, Meier 1.
Press reporter Dave Schreindl contributed to this story.