West Fargo Sheyenne advances to Class A title match for first time with straight-set win over Jamestown
Senior outside hitter Reagan Bogenreif recorded the final kill for the Mustangs to send them into Saturday's heavyweight championship bout against Bismarck Century.
BISMARCK — For the first time in program history, West Fargo Sheyenne is headed to the Class A state volleyball tournament championship match.
The Mustangs — who are the top seed in the East Region — cruised past Jamestown 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 in Friday's semifinals to advance to Saturday's heavyweight title bout against West Region top seed and two-time defending state champion Bismarck Century. First serve is set for 8 p.m. at the Bismarck Event Center.
Reagan Bogenreif recorded the final kill for the Mustangs in the third set to clinch the match. The senior outside hitter finished with nine kills, 16 digs and one block.
"It meant everything," Bogenreif said. "My whole team just brought us to that one last point and I just got to put it down. It was amazing."
Kailee Waasdorp led Sheyenne with a 15-kill performance. For Waasdorp — a senior outside hitter — the privilege to play for a state championship has been a long time coming.
"It's such a big deal to me because I've waited four years for this moment," Waasdorp said. "I'm so excited to go to the championship and to really win and play our best."
The Mustangs faced little adversity, keeping control of the match for most of the night. Sheyenne raced out to a 6-0 lead in the opening frame and never squandered the lead, ending it on a kill from senior right side hitter Lexus Terhark.
The Blue Jays went up 3-1 in the second set before a seven-point Mustangs run prompted Jamestown to call timeout. Sheyenne never looked back, going up 20-12 before winning the set on a kill from sophomore middle hitter Mya Bloedow.
Jamestown continued to battle, jumping out to an 8-3 lead in the third set before the Mustangs climbed back to tie it at 14-all on a Waasdorp kill. A Blue Jays attack error proceeded to give Sheyenne the lead on the next rally, and the Mustangs never trailed again.
"I just thought the girls played really well together," Mustangs head coach Leah Newton said. "Everybody was focused, everybody was doing their job, nobody took any plays off and they just put their hearts out there. You could tell some of these crazy plays they were getting up and making — I mean that's just amazing volleyball by this group of girls."
Newton said gaining a big lead in the first set helped set the tone for the remainder of the match.
"That was exciting to see them come out and take charge in that first set," Newton said. "Of course you can never count any team out. Jamestown is a great team and we knew that. So it was nice to get that jump right away, but we knew we had to keep fighting all the way through."
The Blue Jays (30-7) — who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed out of the West — will face West No. 3 Bismarck Legacy (24-12) in the third-place game at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Sabers fell to Century in straight sets in Friday's first semifinal.
Waasdorp added 13 digs and three blocks. Terhark finished with nine kills, three digs and one block. Senior setters Kennedy Colter and Brooke Johnson combined for 37 assists. Senior right side hitter Khloe Brown finished with six blocks while Johnson and senior defensive specialist Kallie Dodds each recorded an ace.
Senior outside hitter Bernadette Newman led Jamestown with nine kills, 13 digs and two aces. Junior setter Makenna Nold added seven kills, 10 assists, nine digs and 1 1/2 blocks. Senior libero Aspyn Peterson recorded three aces and 11 digs.
While Sheyenne is seeking its first state title in its first championship match appearance, Century certainly isn't in unfamiliar territory. The Patriots are playing in their 12th final in as many seasons and are chasing their eighth title in that span and 10th overall.
Both teams enter the championship showdown at 34-2.
"Play clean, play aggressive and get after it every point," Newton said on what it will take to win. "They're a good team and so we're going to do our best to bring it every point."
Waasdorp said another fast start would be beneficial, as well.
"They're a very good team and I just think we need to come out very strong like we did (Friday)," Waasdorp said.