Benson County coach Doyle Schwanke and his North Star counterpart Marla Hagler both had glowing reviews of their teams as the opening day of the Region 4 volleyball tournament drew to a close on Monday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.
But Hagler took it all one step further.
“Benson County outplayed us a little bit,” Hagler said. “They came up with big block after big block ... and that was the difference.”
Whatever the difference was the end result was a sweep by the Wildcats as they advanced to the semifinal round with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 win.
Benson County will face Carrington in one semifinal match tonight while Rolla and Langdon will open today’s play at 6 p.m. The two winners will place on Thursday for the right to advance to the state tournament next week in Minot.
“We simply did not make a lot of stupid mistakes,” said Schwanke, whose team will take a 23-10 record into tonight’s match against the Cardinals.
Chelsey Weigler continued her late-season surge by leading the Wildcats with 19 kills, including eight in the first set. Teammate Becca Eberle led the way with seven blocks and Sara Schwanke dished out 26 assists.
North Star, which ends the season at 27-6, was led by Sarah Hagler’s 14 kills.
Benson County 25 25 25
North Star 22 21 18
Benson County — Kills: Chelsey Weigler 19, Annie Jorgenson 7. Blocks: Becca Eberle 7. Assists: Sara Schwanke 26. Digs: Kenzie Silliman 13. Aces: Schwanke 7.
North Star — Kills: Sarah Hagler 14, Kelsey Teubner 8, Jessica Teubner 7. Blocks: J. Teubner 4, Allie Heisler 2. Assists: Hannah Alto 16, Heisler 11. Aces: Alto 3, K. Teubner 2, Heisler 2, Janae Larson 2, J. Teubner 1.
Carrington took one step closer to advancing to the state tournament as the Cardinals swept past Rolette-Wolford on a quarterfinal match on Monday.
Carrington won 25-15, 25-20, 25-18 and will face Benson County tonight to determine which team will play for the region championship on Thursday.
Madison Wendel and Breana Barton both tallied seven kills to fuel the Cardinals while teammate Kayla Hochhalter chipped in with six kills of her own. Josey Page and Nikki Braaten both had 10 assists to lead Carrington in that department.
Kaylin Thomas and Lexy Wittmayer each posted six kills to pace the Comets.
R-W 15 20 18
Carrington 25 25 25
R-W — Kills: Kaylin Thomas 6, Lexy Wittmayer 6, Callie Brorby 5. Blocks: Wittmayer 6. Assists: Biberdorf 13. Aces: Wittmayer 2, Brorby 2, Brittany Tumey 2, Thomas 1, Biberdorf 1, Katie Henry 1, Lexi Barkley 1.
Carrington — Kills: Madison Wendel 7, Breana Barton 7, Kayla Hochhalter 6. Blocks: Wendel 4. Assists: Josey Page 10, Nikki Braaten 10. Digs: Jacey Engelhorn 4, Hochhalter 4, Braaten 4. Aces: Page 5, Barton 3, Page Anderson 2, Hochhalter 1.
A new region champion was assured as a spirited Rolla team rallied from a 1-0 deficit after the first match en route to a four-set victory over Midkota.
Page 2 of 2 - The defending champions, who were playing without the services of two players lost to injury, took the early lead with a 25-20 win in the opening set.
Rolla was not to be denied.
The Bulldogs won the next three sets 26-24, 25-13, 27-25 to move into the semifinal round where they will face Langdon.
Mary Jo Guilbert led the Bulldogs with 19 kills while Miranda Leas and Allison Vandal added 13 and 12 kills, respectively, for Rolla.
The Bulldogs also tallied 11 service aces to fuel their upset of the Mustangs.
Emily Berge paced all players with 26 kills in the contest.
Midkota ends the year at 35-5.
Rolla 20 26 25 27
Midkota 25 24 13 25
Rolla — Kills: Mary Jo Guilbert 19, Miranda Leas 13, Allison Vandal 12. Blocks: Vandal 4, Leas 2, Guilbert 2. Aces: Bryjett Nordmark 3, Lauren Pederson 2, Jordan Robert 2, Vandal 2, Guilbert 2.
Midkota — Kills: Emily Berge 26, Caitlinn Harding 12. Blocks: Berge 3. Assists: Callie Harding 25, Saddie Harding 16. Digs: Brooke Ronningen 26, Callie Harding 22, Berge 16, Nicole Edland 12. Aces: Saddie Harding 5, Caitlinn Harding 2, Edland 1.
Abbey Braaten tallied a match-best 16 kills to help lead Langdon into the semifinal round with a 25-16, 25-20, 25-19 sweep over Lakota-Adams-Edmore.
Lyndee Johnson added eight kills in the winning effort as Langdon improved to 30-9-1 on the season.
Mary Haman paced the Raiders with seven kills and teammate Fallyn Freije chipped in with six kills as L-A-E closed the season at 11-11.
LAE 16 20 19
Langdon 25 25 25
L-A-E — Kills: Mary Haman 7, Fallyn Freije 6. Blocks: Haman 3, Freije 2. Aces: Taylor Anderson 2, Freije 1, Raevyn Pesek 1.
Langdon — Abbey Braaten 16, Lyndee Johnson 8. Blocks: Braaten 1, Madison Hart 1, Miranda Darling 1, Johnson 1. Aces: Braaten 7, Jenny Weekes 3, Johnson 1, Brittany Fetsch 1.