New Rockford-Sheyenne keeps Wildcats at bay, wins 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 to advance to Region 4 volleyball tournament semis.

Benson County made runs throughout its volleyball match with New Rockford-Sheyenne Monday night — but never could get over the hump.

The Rockets built leads large enough to withstand Wildcats rallies as New Rockford-Sheyenne defeated Benson County 3-0 in the Region 4 quarterfinal night-capper. The Rockets, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, will face North Star 25 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal between Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich and Rolla tonight in Devils Lake.

“We weren’t as scrappy as we needed to be,” said first year Wildcat head coach Jennifer Sundby. “Some balls hit the floor when bodies didn’t and we needed bodies hitting the floor so we can pick every ball up.”

A back-and-forth first set, a kill by Rockets’ junior Hannah Haley gave NR-S the lead at 10-9 but the Wildcats tied it at 10 on the next service. The Rockets outscored Benson County 5-1 that forced Sundby into a timeout. The Rockets built a seven point lead that the Wildcats were able to trim down to two at 22-20. But the Rockets scored the next three consecutive points to win the set 25-20.

In the second set, the Rockets led by nine but again, the Wildcats rallied. Benson County cut the Rockets’ lead down to two at 17-15 but NR-S scored four straight, a cushion big enough to push them to the 25-17 set victory.

The third set followed the same pattern as the first two, with the Wildcats having an 8-7 lead after an Ashley Schuster attack error. But the Rockets scored three straight, taking a two-point lead after an ace by Allison Dockter (three kills and four aces) and increased it to four after an ace by Carli Lies. The Wildcats cut the deficit to two at 16-14 but never got closer as the Rockets ended the match, winning the third set 25-19.

ird set 25-19. “The season all-in-all was a good season for the girls. To make it to region, with learning a whole new system from a whole new coach is a lot to overcome and they persevered through all of it,” Sundby said.

The Wildcats were led by Desidy Schwanke who had seven kills, two aces and 12 digs, Mallorie Sabo who had seven kills, four aces, 18 digs and Camee Wangler who had 23 assists.

Schuster had 12 kills and two aces, Lies had 23 assists and Haley had six kills and two aces for the Rockets.

Chris Harris can be reached at charris@devilslakejournal.com and on Twitter: @ChrisHarris_DLJ