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Class B volleyball roundup: LaMoure beats Langdon Area-Munich, wins first Class B volleyball title

MINOT -- Rich Olson spent much of Saturday trying to figure out how to slow down the hitting skills of Anna Holen. To no avail. Holen set a record Saturday night with 31 kills in the state championship match of the North Dakota Class B high schoo...

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Autumn Ulmer, left, and Anna Holen of LaMoure block against Jocelyn Dinius of Langdon Area/Munich during their championship Class B match in the North Dakota Volleyball Tournament on Saturday in Minot. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)

MINOT - Rich Olson spent much of Saturday trying to figure out how to slow down the hitting skills of Anna Holen. To no avail.
Holen set a record Saturday night with 31 kills in the state championship match of the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. But it was LaMoure’s state championship-record 150 digs that may have been an even bigger factor in leading the Loboes to a 3-1 win against Langdon-Munich.
LaMoure edged the Cardinals 28-26, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24 to win the program’s first state title.
“We knew they’d go to Holen,’’ Olson, the Langdon-Munich coach, said. “We tried to figure how to get our diggers in better position on her. At times it seems impossible to stop her. She’s that good. We put some blocking up on her. But she still made plays.’’
And so did an aggressive Loboes defense led by Kindra Hamlin (42 digs), Holen (31) and Jackie Meiklejohn (26).
“Their defense is constant, always there,’’ Olson said. “They have other hitters besides Holen. But their digging is relentless. It wears on you. After awhile you’re wondering if you can ever put the ball down. And our ball location, our passing, wasn’t sharp. That didn’t help us.’’
Said LaMoure coach Laurie Good: “That’s been our mantra all year, our defense. We didn’t do anything different than we have all year. We just made plays.’’
Holen finished with 86 kills in three matches here, breaking the record for kills in a tournament of 82 set by Langdon’s Briana Stremick in 2004.
The sophomore all-state hitter was also tough in the clutch.
Langdon-Munich had rallied from a 19-13 deficit lead to take a 22-19 lead in the fourth set after Madi Hart served a 9-0 run. Langdon-Munich was still up 24-23, only to see Holen end the match with three straight kills.
“No. 4 to No. 1, baby,’’ Good said. “We felt OK with the No. 4 seed. We knew we had a good team. We just had to come in and play hard.’’
LaMoure 28 25 23 26 - 3
LA-Munich 26 20 25 24 - 1
LaMoure (kills-blocks-service aces) - Alayna Jordahl 0-0-2 (17 digs), Anna Holen 31-1-1 (31 digs), Maddie Riddle 0-1-0, Katrina Hoff 6-0-0, Brianna Shockman 0-0-1 (10 digs), Autumn Ulmer 2-5-0, Kindra Hamlin 14-1-2 (42 digs), Jackie Meiklejohn 2-0-0 (45 assists, 26 digs), Kallene Klever 0-0-0 (18 digs)
Langdon Area-Munich - Rachel Hill 2-0-0 (46 assists), Sydney Ellingson 0-0-1 (45 digs), Jordyn Worley 9-1-2 (27 digs), Jocelyn Dinius 20-3-4 (15 digs), Courtnie Cook 7-1-0, Allison Welsh 0-0-2, Madi Hart 18-1-2 (36 digs), Julia Kartes 3-0-1
Hankinson fends off Our Redeemers for third place
MINOT - Hankinson held off a comeback bid by top-seeded Minot Our Redeemer’s here Saturday to take third place in the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament.
Hankinson, seeded third, jumped to a 2-0 start and finished with a 25-21, 25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12 win in the third-place match.
Elizabeth Asp and Paige Benson each had 24 kills to dominate the Pirates’ attack. Mya Steinwehr had 46 assists.
Morgan Olson’s 24 kills led Our Redeemer’s. She also had 31 assists and 20 digs to finish with a triple double.
H 25 25 23 21 15 - 3
OR 21 21 25 25 12 - 2
Hankinson (kills-blocks-service aces) - Mya Steinwehr 6-1-0 (46 assists, 23 digs), Alexis Pankow 1-1-0, Bailey German 0-0-1 (16 digs), Kennedy Falk 0-0-2, Cassidy Theede 1-3-0, Madelyn Jean 0-0-3, Elizabeth Asp 24-2-0 (33 digs), Lakin Mauch 3-0-0, Paige Benson 24-2-1 (15 digs).
Our Redeemer’s - Lauren Hendrickson 1-0-2 (24 digs), Abbey Koppinger 2-2-0, Ryleigh Popinga 16-0-1 (22 digs), Karlee Zablotney 1-0-0 (27 assists, 17 digs), Morgan Olson 24-1-1 (31 assists, 20 digs), Cara Steede 17-0-0, Calissa Ree 2-0-0, Tessa Olson 0-0-1 (21 digs).
Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page tops Hazen in 5 sets for fifth place
Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page let the third set slip away, but bounced back to win 25-22, 17-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-9.
The Spartans had a late lead in the third set, only to see Hazen close on a 7-0 run for the win and a 2-1 set advantage.
Jessica Lee had a match-high 17 kills for Finley-Sharon/H-P, which held a 60-46 advantage in kills. Mikayla Larson added 13 kills to go with nine blocks and Morgan Jacobsen had 14 kills. Jana Mehus had 54 assists.
Krista Slaubaugh’s 15 kills paced Hazen, with Raquel Doll adding 13.
FS/HP 25 17 24 25 15 - 3
H 22 25 26 20 9 - 2
Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page (kills-blocks-service aces) - Jessica Lee 17-1-1 (19 digs), Mikayla Larson 13-9-1, Morgan Jacobsen 14-1-1 (15 digs), Madison Christian 8-1-0, Cierra Jacobson 6-0-1 (10 digs), Jana Mehus 2-3-2 (54 assists, 12 digs), Zoie Breckheimer 0-0-1 (30 digs).
Hazen - Krista Slaubaugh 15-2-2, Raquel Doll 13-2-0 (15 digs), Stephanie Ziegler 10-4-4 (22 digs), Eva Byerley 5-3-0, Kayla Lindquist 2-2-1 (35 assists), Elise Hintz 1-2-0, Courtney Rask 0-0-3, Bethany Leier 0-0-0 (13 digs).
Bismarck Shiloh Christian beats Ray for seventh place
Krista Ulmer and Jenalee Reynolds were a strong one-two combination at the net as Shiloh Christian won 25-12, 25-13, 20-25, 26-24.
Ulmer finished with 23 kills and Reynolds had 16. Their combined total was two more kills than Ray had as a team. Brianna Erickson had 46 assists in the Shiloh Christian attack that totaled 59 kills.
Marissa Veach had 13 kills to lead Ray.
SC 25 25 20 26 - 3
Ray 12 13 25 24 - 1
Shiloh Christian (kills-blocks-service aces) - Krista Ulmer 23-1-1 (20 digs), Jenalee Reynolds 16-1-0, Jesse Ebach 8-0-2, Liz Larson 6-1-0, Brianna Erickson 4-0-0 (46 assists, 11 digs), Danielle Crothers 1-0-0, Allie Mischel 1-0-1 (20 digs), Kodi Hettich 0-0-0 (11 digs), Paige Schaffer 0-0-0 (18 digs).
Ray - Marissa Veach 13-0-0 (12 digs), Britne Viall 1-0-0, Kelsey Perdue 1-0-2 (13 assists, 25 digs), Allison Ziebarth 1-0-1 (16 assists, 12 digs), Maari Dolan 8-0-1 (17 digs), Savannah Boone 5-0-0, Hayden Slikker 8-0-0.

ND Class B All-State
Dickinson Trinity: Kennedy Keator; Langdon-Munich: Jocelyn Dinius, Madi Hart; Thompson: Emily Overby; North Star: Macey Kvilvang; Hope-Page/Finley-Sharon: Mikayla Larson; Hankinson: Betsy Asp; LaMoure: Anna Holen; Medina-Pingree-Buchanan: Jordan Thomas; Des Lacs-Burlington: Megan DeGree; Watford City: Katie Mogen; Minot Our Redeemer’s: Morgan Olson; Flasher: Secora Schmidt; Hazen: Krista Slaubaugh, Stephanie Ziegler; Bismarck Shiloh Christian: Krista Ulmer.
Senior player of the year: Betsy Asp, Hankinson.
Coach of the year: Tera Paulson, Hankinson
Class B state all-tournament team
Langdon-Munich: Sydney Ellingson, Jocelyn Dinius, Madi Hart; Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page: Jana Mehus; LaMoure: Anna Holen, Kindra Hamlin, Jackie Meiklejohn; Hankinson: Betsy Asp, Paige Benson; Hazen: Stephanie Ziegler, Krista Slaubaugh; Minot Our Redeemer’s: Ryleigh Popinga, Morgan Olson; Bismarck Shiloh Christian: Krista Ulmer

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