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Bismarck Century tops Fargo Davies in Class A volleyball semifinals

MINOT -- The North Dakota Class A state championship will be a rematch of the 2014 final. Bismarck Century defeated Fargo Davies 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 in the semifinals on Friday at the Minot State Dome. The Patriots advance to play Fargo Shanley a...

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Katie Scherr of Bismarck Century spikes against Fargo Davies during their semifinal Class A match in the North Dakota Volleyball Tournament on Friday in Minot. (Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor)

MINOT - The North Dakota Class A state championship will be a rematch of the 2014 final.
Bismarck Century defeated Fargo Davies 25-23, 25-20, 25-18 in the semifinals on Friday at the Minot State Dome.
The Patriots advance to play Fargo Shanley at 7 p.m. today in the championship match. Davies will play Grand Forks Red River at 1 p.m. today in the third-place match.
Century lost to Fargo Shanley a year ago in the title match.
“We wanted this so bad,” Century senior outside hitter Britta Knudson said of the victory. “We have a good team this year and we feel like we have a good chance to win it.”
Knudson had six kills - including one for match point - and four blocks in the win against the Eagles.
Davies (31-5) had leads in the opening two sets, but the Patriots rallied in each.
“We were lifting each other up when we were making mistakes,” said junior outside hitter Regan Dennis, who led the Patriots with 17 kills. “We started communicating better later in the match, and it all started coming together for us.”
Davies senior outside hitter Carla Binde led the Eagles with eight kills.
“I think they kept attacking the ball well,” Davies head coach Missy Wilson said. “We did some nice things defensively to slow them down a bit, but they just kept going. They got some quick point on some over passes. We would dig the ball and it would go over the net and they’d fire it back at us.”
Senior outside hitter Katie Scherr added 11 kills for Century (41-2).
The Patriots have now made it to five-straight state championship matches. The Patriots last state title was in 2012.
Davies 23 20 18 - 0
Century 25 25 25 - 3
DAVIES (kills-blocks-aces): Kaitlyn Anderson 7-0-1 (14 digs), Carla Binde 8-0-0 (16 digs), Kristina Lucier 6-1-0, Natalie Tomhave 5-0-0, Jaiden Langlie 2-0-0 (33 assists, 10 digs), Kylee Bergantine 7-0-0, McKenna Mikkelsen 0-0-0 (16 digs).
CENTURY: Taryn Neameyer 0-0-0 (18 digs), Hannah Schwartz 1-0-2 (11 assists), Cameron Clark 1-3-0, Regan Dennis 17-0-0, Maddie Klein 4-0-0, Katie Scherr 11-2-0 (12 digs), Kylee Clarke 1-0-1 (12 assists), Britta Knudson 6-4-0, Katelyn Selensky 2-3-0.
Fargo Shanley defeats Grand Forks Red River
Fargo Shanley - the reigning North Dakota Class A volleyball state champions - has earned a right to defend its title.
The Deacons defeated Grand Forks Red River 25-22, 19-25, 25-14, 25-20 during the state semifinals.
Shanley (31-4) plays Bismarck Century in the championship match at 7 p.m. today.
Red River 22 25 14 20 - 0
Shanley 25 19 25 25 - 3

RED RIVER (kills-blocks-aces): Madelyn Johnson 0-0-0 (13 digs), Skyler Syrup 3-2-0, Hannah Arason 3-1-0, Hannah Schreiner 1-0-0, Kendra Bohm 8-2-0, Elspeth Thomas 4-1-0, Maggie Steffen 12-0-0, Mari Rustebakke 2-2-0 (32 assists), Alexis Robson 0-0-4, Sarah Lancaster 0-0-1, Elli Strand 4-0-1.
SHANLEY: Kathryn Roberts 6-4-1 (16 digs), Madison Noesen 0-0-0 (11 digs), Hannah Manz 0-0-1, Kylie Kanwischer 11-2-3, Caira Berg 4-0-0, Sabrina Koch 7-0-0, Emily Dietz 19-2-0, Andrea Vetter 0-1-0 (45 assists).
West Fargo wins in Class A consolation semis
Sophomore outside hitter Darian Chwialkowski collected 16 kills to help West Fargo to a 25-10, 25-17, 25-11 win over Bismarck St. Mary’s during the consolation semifinals.
Senior outside hitter Lauren Nordberg led the Saints (16-20) with six kills.
West Fargo (20-20) advances to play Bismarck Legacy (26-17) in the fifth-place match at 11 a.m. today.
West Fargo 25 25 25 - 3
St. Mary’s 10 17 11 - 0
WEST FARGO (kills-blocks-aces): Jadyn Cookman 0-2-2 (38 assists), Mikia Ferguson 0-0-1, Darian Chwialkowski 16-1-0, Brianna Arens 0-0-3, Tiana Pfaff 9-1-0, Kennedi Sand 7-1-0, Taylor Morris 0-0-1, Mariah Schatz 0-2-0, Elizabeth Krueger 12-0-0, Brittany Roerick 0-0-0 (12 digs).
ST. MARY’S: Regan Bradley 0-0-0 (11 digs), Emily Bicher 2-0-0, Abbie Morlock 0-0-1, Tessa Huck 0-1-0, Taylor Gerving 2-0-0, Lauren Nordberg 6-0-0, Kailey Arman 4-0-0, Alyssa Beck 1-0-0 (17 assists), Kaitlyn Wanner 5-2-0.
Bismarck Legacy outlasts Bismarck High in 5 sets
Sophomore outside hitter Whitney Thomas led Bismarck Legacy with 18 kills to help the Sabres defeat Bismarck 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, 28-26, 15-7.
Bismarck (25-16) plays Bismarck St. Mary’s at 9 a.m. today in the seventh-place match.
Legacy 27 17 25 26 15 - 3
Bismarck 25 25 17 28 7 - 2
LEGACY: Taryn Allmaras 6-0-0, Sydney Murphy 5-1-0 (39 assists, 20 digs), Madi Scatz 5-2-1, Mercedes Baumgartner 3-1-3 (16 digs), Sam Anklam 0-0-1, Brita Feland 9-3-0, Whitney Thomas 18-0-3 (16 digs), Kaitlyn Rants 0-0-1, Hannah Riehl 5-0-0.
BISMARCK: Cara Haussler 21-0-0 (16 digs), Angie Balliet 0-0-1, Jessie Oja 2-1-2 (42 assists, 14 digs), Jaycess Walter 5-2-0, Sadie Luetzen 0-0-1 (35 digs), Tori Hilzendeger 4-1-0, Shelby Arman 8-0-0 (24 digs), Lexus Mosbrucker 7-1-0.

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