State Volleyball Capsules
By: Tom Mix, The Dickinson Press
Class A State Tournament
GF Red River (22-9) vs. Bismarck (23-13), 11 a.m.
What you need to know: Red River is the defending state champion of North Dakota Class A. … The Roughriders have won eight state championships … GFRR head coach Carolyn Olson has coached in a state-record 18 state tournaments. … North Dakota State volleyball commit Hadley Steffen has 426 kills, 46 ace serves and 360 digs this season for Red River … Red River senior outside hitter Cassidy Bush posted 283 kills and 45 ace serves this fall. … The Demons have won two state championships (1985, 2010).
Jamestown (26-8) vs. West Fargo (20-14), 1 p.m.
What you need to know: West Fargo has won one state title (2001). … The Packers finished fifth in the Eastern Dakota Conference regular-season standings, but went 2-1 at the East Region tournament. … West Fargo earned a trip to the state tournament with a 3-0 sweep of Wahpeton … Junior middle blocker Shelby Gustafson had 10 kills for the Packers in their win over the Huskies.
Bismarck Century (33-4) vs. Fargo Davies (25-11), 5 p.m.
What you need to know: The Eagles are making their first state tournament appearance. … Davies senior outside hitter Kali Erickson has 405 kills and 53 ace serves this season. … Junior outside hitter Kinsey Papachek totaled 230 kills and 427 digs this fall. … Davies junior setter Katelyn Olson posted 99 kills and 876 assists this season. … Senior Emily Woodbridge has 163 kills and 88 blocks for the Eagles.
Fargo Shanley (22-9) vs. Dickinson (26-10), 7 p.m.
What you need to know: The Deacons have five players with 100-plus kills. … Shanley sophomore middle blocker Alivia Fraase has 319 kills and 81 blocks. … Senior middle blocker Carly Mickelson has 2471 kills for the Deacons. … Shanley senior setter Amy Freeberg has 852 assists. … Dickinson is led by senior outside hitter Abby Grove, who has totaled 395 kills and has a .311 hitting percentage. … Senior middle blocker Rachel Schroeder has 182 kills and 65 blocks for Dickinson … North Dakota State volleyball commit Ali Moody has 201 kills and 725 assists this season for the Midgets.
Class B State Tournament
Linton-HMB (25-10) vs. Dickinson Trinity (21-16), 11 a.m.
What you need to know: Linton-HMB is making its fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament … The Lions lost in the semifinals to Central Cass a year ago and were state runners up in 2010 … Dickinson Trinity is making its eighth state appearance in school history and first since 2008 … Trinity is led by 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter Alyson Schieno … Schieno had 64 kills during last week’s Region 7 tournament and has 1,235 career kills … Trinity defeated Beulah in five sets to win the Region 7 championship … The Lions swept South Border in the Region 3 title match behind the performances by sophomore outside hitter Nicole Nieuwsma (13 kills) and sophomore setter Tiffaney Gerving (31 assists, 17 digs).
Kindred (32-10) vs.
Flasher (27-8), 1 p.m.
What you need to know: Kindred is making its first ever appearance at the state tournament … Flasher is making its sixth state appearance and first since 2009 … Kindred swept all three of its matches at the Region 1 tournament last week in Oakes including a 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 decision over Fargo Oak Grove in the title match … Flasher is coming off a 3-1 win over Grand County in the Region 5 championship match … Kindred senior outside hitter Kellie Schmit has collected 619 kills this season … Kindred senior libero Mikaela Casey has 373 digs this fall.
Park River-Fordville-Lankin (29-9) vs. Ray (36-2-1), 5 p.m.
What you need to know: Ray is making its first trip to state since 2007 and its eighth overall tournament appearance … The Jays swept Watford City to win the Region 8 championship … Park River-F-L is making its 10th state appearance … The Aggies are led by senior Kirsten Johnson who posted 20 kills in PR-F-L’s 19-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-19, 15-10 win over Hatton Northwood in the Region 2 championship match.
Langdon (32-9-1) vs. Minot Our Redeemer’s (35-10-1), 7 p.m.
What you need to know: Langdon is making its state-record 15th state tournament appearance and first since 2010 … The Cardinals have won three state championships (2003, 2008, 2010) … Minot Our Redeemer’s is making its second state appearance in school history and first since 2004 … Langdon rallied to top Carrington 26-24, 21-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-11 in the Region 4 championship match … Minot Our Redeemer’s are led by senior outside hitter Ashley Koppinger who had a team-high 16 kills in the Knights’ 25-17, 25-13, 25-15 win over Bottineau in the Region 6 title match.