Class A volleyball roundup: Century wins rematch with Fargo Shanley, takes Class A championship

MINOT -- Bismarck Century made the most of its rematch against Fargo Shanley in the North Dakota Class A state volleyball championship match. A year after losing to the Deacons in the title match, the Patriots broke through, scoring a 25-18, 25-1...

Maddie Klein of Bismarck Century spikes against Shanley during their championship Class A match in the North Dakota Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in Minot. (FNS Photo by Michael Vosburg)

MINOT - Bismarck Century made the most of its rematch against Fargo Shanley in the North Dakota Class A state volleyball championship match.
A year after losing to the Deacons in the title match, the Patriots broke through, scoring a 25-18, 25-19, 25-18 win on Saturday at the Minot State Dome for the program’s fourth state title and first since 2012.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” Century senior defensive specialist Taryn Neameyer said. “We wanted to achieve this goal all year.”
Century had played in the last five state title matches and seven of the last eight. The Patriots have been runners up the last two seasons. Strong serving Saturday put Century (42-2) over the top.
The Patriots had 14 ace serves in the match.
“We needed to be able to pass on them and we struggled a little bit on our serve receive,” Shanley head coach Curt Johnson said. “That was the difference. Every time we would get close, we’d struggle with our passes. That was our Achilles’ heel and we were not able to recover from it.”
Neameyer had five aces - four of which came in Set 2 alone.
“Our serving shut them down and allowed us to get some momentum,” Neameyer said. “We fed off the serves.”
Sophomore outside hitter Regan Dennis led the Patriots with 12 kills. Senior outside hitter Katie Scherr added nine kills and had an ace to clinch Set 1.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Scherr said of the championship. “We did it as a team and played very well as a group this whole tournament.”
Junior middle blocker Emily Dietz led the Deacons with 10 kills. Junior middle blocker Kylee Kanwischer finished with eight kills and two blocks for Shanley (31-5).
“We have a lot of young girls out here,” Johnson said. “We didn’t win, but I thought we played a great match. I’m proud of the team.”
Juniors Hannah Schwartz and Kylee Clarke each had four aces for the Patriots.
CENTURY 25 25 25 - 3
SHANLEY 18 19 18 - 0
Shanley (kills-blocks-service aces) -- Kathryn Roberts 5-4-0, Kylie Kanwischer 8-2-0, Caira Berg 5-2-0, Sabrina Koch 2-0-0, Sarah Jacobson 0-0-0 (20 digs), Emily Dietz 10-1-0, Brookelyn Dew 0-1-0, Andrea Vetter 1-0-0 (26 assists, 10 digs)
Century -- Taryn Neameyer 1-0-5, Hannah Schwartz 1-0-4, Cameron Clark 1-3-0, Regan Dennis 12-0-0, Maddie Klein 6-0-0, Katie Scherr 9-2-1 (9 digs), Kylee Clarke 0-0-4 (24 assists), Britta Knudson 6-4-0, Katelyn Selensky 2-3-0
Davies tops Red River in Class A third-place match
Fargo Davies defeated Grand Forks Red River 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 during the third-place match of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament on Saturday at the Minot State Dome.
Junior middle blocker Kylee Bergantine led Davies (32-5) with seven kills and four blocks. The third-place finish at state is the best in Davies’ six-year history as a varsity program.
Junior outside hitter Hanna Schreiner finished with six kills to lead the Roughriders (23-15).
GFRR 21 17 17 - 0
Davies 25 25 25 - 3
Red River (kills-blocks-aces): Madelyn Johnson 0-0-0 (12 digs), Skyler Syrup 3-0-0, Hannah Arason 1-0-0, Hanna Schreiner 6-0-0, Kendra Bohm 4-1-0, Elspeth Thomas 3-0-0, Maggie Steffen 3-0-0, Mari Rustebakke 1-0-0 (20 assists), Alexis Robson 0-0-2, Alexis Brown 2-0-0, Elli Strand 5-0-1 (10 digs).
Davies: Kaitlyn Anderson 3-0-1, Carla Binde 4-1-0, Kristina Lucier 5-1-0, Natalie Tomhave 4-0-0 (15 digs), Jaiden Langlie 3-0-2 (23 assists), Kylee Bergantine 7-4-0, Elise Schumacher 1-0-0.
West Fargo sweeps Legacy in fifth-place match
West Fargo sophomore outside hitter Darian Chwialkowski collected 14 kills and two aces to help the Packers to a 30-28, 25-23, 25-16 win over Bismarck Legacy in the fifth-place match.
The Packers finish their season 21-20. Sophomore outside hitter Whitney Thomas finished with 11 kills for the Sabres (26-18).
WF 30 25 25 - 3
Legacy 28 23 16 - 0
Legacy (kills-blocks-aces): Taryn Allmaras 1-0-0, Sydney Murphy 2-0-0 (25 assists, 15 digs), Madi Schatz 3-1-1, Mercedes Baumgartner 7-0-0 (11 digs), Sam Anklam 0-0-1 (20 digs), Brita Feland 2-1-0, Whitney Thomas 11-0-0 (18 digs), Hannah Riehl 6-0-0.
West Fargo: Jadyn Cookman 0-0-0 (34 assists), Darian Chwialkowski 14-0-2 (19 digs), Tiana Pfaff 9-1-0, Kennedi Sand 8-1-1 (17 digs), Taylor Morris 0-0-1 (13 digs), Mariah Schatz 0-2-0, Elizabeth Krueger 8-2-0.
Demons down St. Mary’s in seventh-place match
Senior outside hitter Shelby Arman posted 21 kills to help Bismarck to a 25-19, 25-15, 16-25, 25-19 victory over Bismarck Century in the seventh-place match.
The Demons end their season 26-16. Senior outside hitter Lauren Nordberg finished with 10 kills for the Saints (16-21).
SM 19 15 25 19 - 1
BH 25 25 16 25 - 3
St. Mary’s (kills-blocks-aces): Regan Bradley 0-0-0 (13 digs), Emily Bichler 4-0-0, Abbie Morlock 1-0-0, Tessa Huck 1-0-0, Taylor Gerving 8-0-0, Lauren Nordberg 10-0-1, Kailey Arman 9-0-0, Alyssa Beck 0-0-0 (23 assists, 18 digs), Kaitlyn Wanner 5-3-1.
Bismarck: Cara Haussler 15-0-0 (17 digs), Angie Balliet 2-0-0, Jessie Oja 1-0-2 (53 assists, 15 digs, Jaycess Walter 8-0-2, Sadie Luetzen 0-0-1, Tori Hilzendeger 5-3-0, Shelby Arman 21-1-0, Lexus Mosbrucker 6-1-0.

ND Class A All-State Team
First team
Grand Forks Red River: Mari Rustebakke; Fargo Davies: Jaiden Langlie, McKenna Mikkelson; Fargo South: Emily Stroup; West Fargo Sheyenne: Kalli Hegerle; Fargo North: Alexis Bachmeier; Bismarck Century: Regan Dennis, Katie Scherr; Bismarck High: Shelby Arman; Bismarck Legacy: Sydney Murphy; Jamestown: Meghan Orr; Mandan: Miranda Lowman.
Second team
GF Red River: Elli Strand; Fargo Shanley: Emily Dietz; West Fargo: Darian Chwialkowski; Bismarck Century: Britta Knudson; Bismarck High: Sadie Luetzen; Bismarck Legacy: Sam Anklam.
Senior player of the year: Katie Scherr, Bismarck Century.
Class A coach of the year: Melissa Wilson, Fargo Davies.
Class A state all-tournament team
GF Red River: Mari Rustebakke, Maggie Steffen; West Fargo: Kennedi Sand; Fargo Davies: Jaiden Langlie, Kylee Bergantine, McKenna Mikkelson; Fargo Shanley: Julia Vetter, Kylie Kanwischer, Emily Dietz; Bismarck Century: Regan Dennis, Katie Scherr, Hannah Schwartz; Bismarck High: Cara Haussler; Bismarck Legacy: Sydney Murphy; Bismarck St. Mary’s: Alyssa Beck.

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