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FARGO—Ellie Holen plays volleyball in the dominant shadow of her all-state older sister, Anna. But Ellie, a freshman for the LaMoure Loboes, proved she can handle the spotlight just as well on Saturday night at the Fargodome The younger Holen came up with three critical kills in the deciding fifth game of the Class B state championship match against Minot Our Redeemer's, and the older Holen finished the job.
FARGO—McKayla Kurtz crashed into the court-side media table preserving a rally on Saturday at the Fargodome. Finishing the Class A state volleyball tournament with a win mattered to Jamestown High School's junior outside hitter. "I just realized that I had to get the ball up, and I really didn't care who I was gonna hit or what was gonna happen," Kurtz said. "We knew this was the last game we were going to be playing with our seniors, and we just wanted to go for everything."
FARGO—Jamestown High School was left trying to place a finger on what exactly has transpired so far at the Fargodome on Friday. The Blue Jays were unable to answer a potent front-row attack for a second straight day at the Class A state volleyball tournament. West Fargo's 6-foot sophomore middle blocker Mariah Schatz posted 15 kills and six blocks to lead the Packers past Jamestown 3-1 in consolation play. The Blue Jays will face Grand Forks Red River today at 11 a.m. for seventh place.
FARGO—LaMoure's Anna Holen is lethal from every inch of the volleyball court. The two-time all-state outside hitter unleashed against Langdon-Edmore-Munich in the Class B state semifinals on Friday at the Fargodome. Holen posted a match-high 34 kills in a 3-1 triumph over the Cardinals that has the Loboes heading back to the state championship match. LaMoure will attempt to defend its state title tonight at 8 p.m. against Minot Our Redeemer's Christian School.
FARGO—Megan Gaffaney and the rest of the Blue Jays were shell-shocked following Thursday's opening round match of the Class A state volleyball tournament. Jamestown impressed early against Fargo Shanley, taking a 2-0 lead. But the Deacons, and their impressive front-row attack, were just warming up. Seniors Katie Roberts and Emily Deitz, along with junior Caira Berg, combined for 56 of Shanley's 68 kills to guide the Deacons to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Roberts, Deitz and Berg measure 6-foot, 6-2 and 6-0, respectively.
Good programs eventually expect to achieve certain results. Last year's near-miss at a fourth consecutive appearance at the Class A state volleyball tournament—in what was considered a rebuilding season—didn't sit well with Jamestown's six current seniors. Twenty wins and a season-ending loss to Bismarck Legacy at the West Region tournament wasn't good enough for a team that brought a state championship to town in 2013.
Blending in a little may have helped LaMoure in its quest to defend its state championship in Class B volleyball. The Loboes were one of a handful of programs that could have won last week's Region 3 tournament in Ellendale. The tournament featured eight teams with nearly 200 combined victories. But it's possible the daunting competition may have inadvertently taken the pressure off one of the state's best programs.
Jon Hegerle and the University of Jamestown Jimmies continue to raise the bar. The volleyball program on Monday was awarded the fifth of nine at-large bids to this year's NAIA national championship tournament final site in Sioux City, Iowa. It's the fourth time the Jimmies have qualified for nationals—all under coach Hegerle—and the first time the team has qualified outright for the final site. The Jimmies will begin national championship pool play on Nov. 29 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City.
Folks shouldn't fret over the 0-2 start to the season by University of Jamestown men's basketball team. Jake Hagler isn't. The the standout senior point guard buried four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The effort helped propel the Jimmies past the Providence University College Pilots, of the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, 108-76 for victory No. 1. "Don't worry," Hagler laughed. "We'll go Aaron Rodgers and say, relax."
Viterbo University has to be happy with its move to the North Star Athletic Association. Two years in and the V-Hawks have defeated University of Jamestown twice on their home court in the championship match of the NSAA conference volleyball tournament. The Jimmies fell 3-1 to the V-Hawks on Saturday in La Crosse, Wisc., as third-ranked Viterbo won its 36th consecutive match. "They just find ways of earning points that we're not used to seeing," Jamestown coach Jon Hegerle said of Viterbo. "Balls that we're used to seeing go down come back up."