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Ellendale, N.D.—Everybody in the gym knew who was getting fed the volleyball late in the fifth game of the Region 3 championship match. All eyes were on LaMoure's all-state outside hitter Anna Holen and the junior didn't disappoint. Holen soared and slammed four of LaMoure's final five points to the floor, and the defending Class B state champion Loboes are headed back to state. The Loboes outlasted Carrington 15-12 in the final frame to take the match 3-2.
The weekend the Blue Jays have worked an entire year for has arrived. Jamestown High School is bringing a much more confident and consistent volleyball team to Minot tonight, where it will face Mandan at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the West Region tournament. It was at this tournament last season where a streak of three consecutive appearances at the Class A state volleyball tournament was snapped.
The protection that covers the fluorescent lighting at the Hansen Center has taken a beating over the years. But the contorted metal screens with chipped paint can now, metaphorically, breathe a little easier. University of Jamestown wrapped up volleyball at the Hansen on Tuesday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Dakota State University in the opening round of the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament.
Morgan Hensch has experienced a unique love-hate relationship with the Hansen Center. Before transferring to the University of Jamestown last fall, the former North Dakota State College of Science outside hitter had the privilege of suiting up as a visitor at the Jimmies' unique home court.
LaMoure has played in its fair share of high-intensity matches. The Loboes will be leaning on that experience tonight against Oakes in the semifinals of the Region 3 volleyball tournament in Ellendale. The defending region and Class B state champions passed the first test on Monday, sweeping Linton-HMB 3-0 in the quarterfinals. "I felt like it was an OK start, but we'll need to bring a little bit more fire (today)," LaMoure coach Laurie Good said. "What I feel we bring to the table is experience in high-pressure situations, and we're hoping that carries us through."
Hitting, serving, defending. It was all on display Saturday at the Hansen Center. University of Jamestown played worthy of a top 25 program, never allowing visiting Valley City State University much of a chance on senior night. Senior right-side hitter Kaitlin Anderson was one of the sharpest. Her seven kills and attacking percentage of .500 helped the Jimmies dominate the Vikings 25-12, 25-15, 25-14, in a match the Jimmies swung .452 as a team.
Siri Jystad is a volleyball player who knows the meaning of hard work. It was required of her to be able to fulfill the integral role she's grown into during her senior campaign with the University of Jamestown Jimmies. Jystad, along with seniors Elise Peterson, Aubrey Beaumont, Nicole Warren, Kaitlin Anderson, and Heather Bachman, will be recognized prior to the team's final home match today at 3 p.m. against Valley City State University.
MONANGO, N.D.—In the shadow of a decades-old softball backstop Tuesday, Ellendale-Edgeley-Kulm was preparing for this weekend's semifinals of the North Dakota Class A high school football playoffs. It's been here, roughly halfway between the communities of Ellendale and Edgeley on U.S. Highway 281, where the former 9-man rivals have grown as one over the past four seasons. E-E-K Thunder coach Jon Schiele probably put it best when he said, "Usually when they're in jerseys they're standing eye-to-eye. But here, they stand side-by-side."
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan has a shot at revenge tonight on the volleyball court in Ashley. The Thunder will face South Border on its home court in the championship match of the District 6 tournament. It's a rematch of last year's title tilt, which South Border won 3-2. "We need to be on our best defensive game, have good serve-receive passes, cover and get a touch on hits when we are blocking to slow the ball down," M-P-B coach Jacie Connell said. "We need to keep our intensity throughout the whole game and play every point like it's for the win."
Sara Hegerle and the Blue Jays were looking at the big picture following Tuesday's loss at Bismarck Century. Jamestown High School ended its volleyball regular season falling 3-0 to the conference champion Patriots. But the Jays entered the match having won five straight in the West Region, placing the team in great position to get back to the state volleyball tournament for a fourth time in five seasons.