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Heath Hotzler, Published November 13 2009

North Dakota Class B, Region 1 volleyball: New co-op od Wyndmere-Lidgerwood knocks off Lisbon

HUNTER, N.D. – A new team will represent Region 1 at the North Dakota state Class B volleyball tournament this season. A brand new team.

In its first year as a cooperative program, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood ended Lisbon’s three-year reign with a 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17 victory against the Broncos on Thursday night at the Northern Cass High School gymnasium.

“When I took over this job my one goal was to create a rivalry with the top dog in the region,” said Warbirds coach Chris Swenson, whose team will take on the winner of Region 6 at noon next Thursday in the first round of state at the Minot State Dome in Minot. “The top dog in the district, the top dog in the region has always been Lisbon. … I think we’re at that point.”

The Warbirds used a steady diet of junior outside hitter Moriah Skroch and a solid defensive effort against the Broncos athletic lineup to get into the state tournament.

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood grabbed the early momentum by winning the first game of the match with back-to-back aces by junior Nicole Mauch.

But the Warbirds didn’t relent. They had been in this position before against Lisbon.

The Broncos battled back from a 0-1 deficit in the District 1 title game against Wyndmere-Lidgerwood to win in five sets.

True to form, the Broncos evened the match at 1-1 with help from standout senior Kali Olson pounding down kill after kill.

“It was very competitive,” said Skroch, who finished with 19 kills. “I think we wanted it way more than they wanted it. Last game, we just weren’t quite ready. We just kind of buckled down towards the end and pulled through.”

Lisbon came roaring back in the third game after the Warbirds built a 22-12 advantage. However, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood finished off the Broncos just in time to go ahead 2-1.

A strong Lisbon block forced the Warbirds to become a tip-happy team down the stretch.

But the tips always seemed to sneak past several outstretched arms to find the floor.

Olson led Lisbon with

17 kills and five aces. She was named the Region 1 senior athlete of the year.

Central Cass coach Dana Stansbury was selected coach of the year for the region.

Central Cass earned third place in the region with a 25-20, 25-22, 25-14 win against Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page.

“We want to represent our region well like Lisbon has the last few years,” Swenson said.

WYNDMERE-LIDGERWOOD (kills-blocks-aces): Skroch 19-0-0, Mauch 12-1-5, Hulm 11-2-0, Wittenburg 0-0-0 (39 assists, 24 digs).

LISBON: Olson 17-1-5, Birchem 10-0-0, Rotenberger 10-0-0 (23 digs), Hoistad 0-5-0, Lyons 0-0-0 (41 assists).

Third place: Central Cass def. Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 25-20, 25-22, 25-14

CENTRAL CASS: Gegelman 8-1-1, Kraft 6-3-0, Kost 5-0-0, Dixon 4-0-0, Beilke 0-0-1, Goertz 0-0-0 (14 digs), Marschke 0-0-0 (25 assists).

FSHP: Erbstoesser 6-0-1, Krueger 5-0-0, Parr 4-0-0, Tysdal 4-2-0, Norgaard 0-0-1 (11 assists), Montag 0-1-0, Thompson 0-0-0 (5 digs).


Class B, Region 1

All-tournament team

Tricia Goerts, Central Cass; Moriah Skroch, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood; Jenny Erbtoesser, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page; Kali Olson, Lisbon; Whitney Holmstrom, Northern Cass; Nicole Hulm, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood; Susie Lyons, Lisbon.

Senior athlete of year: Olson, Lisbon

Coach of year: Dana Stansbury, Central Cass

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562