St. Mary's beats Jamestown in five for first WDA championship
By Chris Aarhus
Bismarck St. Mary's, however, made just 14 including five in the second set.
"We're playing with so few errors now," St. Mary's coach Amy Heuer said. "That's been our biggest improvement."
St. Mary's had just 32 total errors, holding off the Blue Jays for a thrilling 25-23, 25-22, 13-25, 12-25, 15-13 triumph at the JHS gym. It's the first West Region championship for the Saints, who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed.
"They're clicking; they know each other so well," Heuer said of her team. "They're able to make adjustments when they need to."
St. Mary's gets the No. 1 seed and plays East Region No. 4 seed Fargo South at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the Class A state tournament Thursday at the Minot State Dome. Second-seeded Jamestown meets third-seeded Grand Forks Red River at 2 p.m.
"We're looking for the prize at the end," Jamestown coach Sara Hegerle said. "We're still a very good team to contend for that spot."
It was a tough loss for Jamestown considering it also made only 32 errors. The Blue Jays clearly figured out they had to up their game, making only 10 total errors for dominant wins in set three and four. In fact, in set 3, Jamestown didn't have an error until it was ahead 17-5.
"We kind of figured things out and got on a little bit of a run," Hegerle said. "That felt good. I'm happy with how we played."
The teams traded points in the fifth set up to 11, when Allie Reisenauer served an ace and Ashley Wanner put up a block to give the Saints a two-point lead at 13-11.
Jamestown's Addie Eamon answered with a kill and after Mary Roller's kill brought St. Mary's to match point, Eamon had another kill to get within one at 14-13. The Saints clinched the win on a hitting error. They were led by Roller's 13 kills.
Hegerle praised the play of St. Mary's. The Blue Jays (32-4) were paced by Eamon and Jenna Stilwell, who had 21 and 17 kills, respectively.
"(St. Mary's) deserved everything they got," Hegerle said. "They're well-coached and their kids are awesome. I don't have any problems losing to St. Mary's.
"My kids are disappointed. But if you're not disappointed after you lose, then there's something wrong with you. We're not used to losing. Sometimes, you have to lose to figure out what's going on."
Bismarck Century and Bismarck High both swept en route to punching their ticket to the Class A state tournament.
Century (29-7) dominated Dickinson 25-16, 25-12, 25-19 behind solid performances from Alaina Furcht and Jordyn Jossart, who had 14 and 13 kills, respectively.
Dickinson (18-21) was paced by Sierra Rohr's six kills.
Bismarck High (22-15) routed Williston 25-13, 25-15, 25-22 to advance, getting 11 kills from Natalee Todd.
Keyanna Enget's five kills led Williston (9-23).
West Region tournament
Bismarck St. Mary's 3, Jamestown 2
St. Mary's 25 25 13 12 15
Jamestown 23 22 25 25 13
St. Mary's: Kills, Mary Roller 13, Alex McIntee 9, Katelyn Schaffner. Assists, Allie Reisenauer 29. Aces, Reisenauer 2. Blocks, Ashley Wanner 4. Digs, Caitlin Bakke 23, Reisenauer 22, Roller 18, Schaffner 18.
Jamestown: Kills, Addie Eamon 21, Jenna Stilwell 17, McKayla Keller 11. Assists, Hegerle 52. Aces, Julina Niemeier 3, Stilwell 2. Blocks, Eamon 4, Stilwell 2. Digs, McKayla Orr 32, Niemeier 21, Keller 20.
Records: St. Mary's 23-9, Jamestown 32-4.
Bismarck Century 3, Dickinson 0
Dickinson 16 12 19
Century 25 25 25
Dickinson: Kills, Sierra Rohr 6, Meryl Kovacs 5. Assists, Madison Schobinger 14. Aces, Rohr 1, Keely Hutchins 1. Blocks, Rohr 2, Kovacs 2. Digs, Mackee Hoffmann 12.
Century: Kills, Alaina Furcht 14, Jordyn Jossart 13, Hadley Rosales 8. Assists, Shay Bense 33. Aces, Katie Scherr 3. Blocks, Furcht 14. Digs, Bense 10.
Records: Dickinson 18-21, Century 29-7.
Bismarck High 3, Williston 0
Williston 13 15 22
Bismarck 25 25 25
Williston: Kills, Keyanna Enget 5, Katie Nice 5. Assists, Cayli Slette 15. Aces, Slette 2. Blocks, Amanda Nelson 2. Digs, Hannah Kitzan 14, Shelby Njos 11, Cami Collings 7.
Bismarck: Natalee Todd 11, Morgan Miller 9, Estee Schmidt 7. Assists, Kenzie Kiefer 32. Aces, Sadie Luetzen 2, Taylor Hoekstra 2, Jenna Binstock 2. Blocks, Todd 1. Digs, Ali Fisher 11, Miller 11, Hoekstra 10.
Records: Williston 9-23, Bismarck 22-15.
All-WDA (based on regular season)
Jamestown: Addie Eamon, Josie Hegerle, McKayla Orr.
St. Mary's: Mary Roller, Katelyn Schaffner, Allie Reisenauer, Kaylyn Herold.
Century: Shay Bense, Jordyn Jossart, Katie Scherr.
Bismarck: Mackenzie Kiefer, Morgan Miller, Natalee Todd.
Dickinson: Sierra Rohr, Keely Hutchins:
Senior athlete of the year: Josie Hegerle, Jamestown.
Coach of the year: Sara Hegerle, Jamestown.
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