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Hensch named national all-tourney

University of Jamestown's Morgan Hensch was one of 14 players selected to the NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship all-tournament team.

The 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter from Fergus Falls, Minn., helped the Jimmies reach the final 16 teams at nationals for the first time in program history last week in Sioux City, Iowa. Hensch tallied 47 kills and nine total blocks, as the Jimmies finished the national tournament with a 2-2 record.

Hensch led the Jimmies (23-10) this season with 331 kills, while also posted 83 total blocks. She is the first University of Jamestown volleyball player to be named to the NAIA national all-tournament team.

"This is a tremendous honor for Morgan and our program and reflects not only her volleyball skills but more importantly how she plays the game and interacts with her teammates, coaches, officials and her opponents," University of Jamestown volleyball coach Jon Hegerle said. "I am so proud of her and of the NAIA coaches for recognizing how special she is."

NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship Awards

All-Tournament Team: Emma Altena, Dordt; Libby Dahlberg, Westmont (Calif.); Alissa Flint, Park (Mo.); Natalie Geidel, Viterbo (Wis.); Alaina Gentili, Corban (Ore.); Amelia Grahn, Viterbo; Morgan Hensch, Jamestown (N.D.); Kristina Medanovic, Missouri Baptist; Priscilla O'Dowd, Midland (Neb.); Katie Placke, Hastings (Neb.); Paulina Sobolewska, Lindsey Wilson; Jackie van Vliet, College of Idaho; Leah Kamp, Dordt; Elly Burke, Lindsey Wilson.

Libero of the Year: Simmer Jansen, Dordt.

Most Valuable Player: Makenzie Montano, Lindsey Wilson.

Tournament Coach of the Year: Andy Cavins, Lindsey Wilson.

Champions of Character Team: Dordt.

M-P-B moves to 2-0

The Thunder's Lauren Moser nailed a triple and scored nine of her 11 points in a 25-point third period for M-B-P in a convincing 56-33 win over Larimore Saturday at the Linton Shootout.

Amanda Allen (16 points) and Megan Moser (11) also hit double figures to help the Thunder improve to 2-0.

LAR 4 13 22 33

MPB 16 27 52 56

LAR—Macy Yahna 15, Ivy Daws 7, Haley Verkuehlen 7, Halyee Klava 2, Trin Larsen 2. Totals: 11 FG, 8-13 FG, 4 fouls. 3-pointers: Yahna 2, Daws.

MPB—Amanda Allen 16, Lauren Moser 11, Megan Moser 11, Halle Uehran 6, Gracie Bohl 6, Taylor Sabinash 4, Brittney Reister 2. Totals: 26 FG, 1-6 FG, 16 fouls. 3-pointers: L. Moser, Allen, M. Moser.

Loboes win opener

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion opened the Class B girls basketball season with a 65-36 win over Northern Cass Friday in LaMoure.

Senior all-state performer Anna Holen scored 19 points for the Loboes. Holen, Jackie Meiklejohn and Ellie Holen each buried a pair of triples.

NC 11 23 27 36

LLM 22 41 49 65

NC—Payton Johnson 11, Anyssa Hayden 10, Faith Aasen 4, Morgan Nelson 4, Breana Tretter 3, Grace Wagner 2, Brook Wadeson 1, Lindsey Johnson 1. Totals: 10 FG, 13-24 FT, 15 fouls. 3-pointers: P. Johnson 2. Tretter.

LLM—Anna Holen 19, Jackie Meiklejohn 12, Olivia Bliss 11, Kindra Hamlin 8, Ellie Holen 8, Kaylynn Siedschlag 3, Ana Mart 2, Rachel Hoff 2. Totals: 23 FG, 12-16 FT, 20 fouls (Bliss). 3-pointers: Meiklejohn 2, E. Holen 2, A. Holen 2, Hamlin.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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