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Published November 21 2010

ND Class A state volleyball roundup: Bismarck gets past Grand Forks Red River for title

MINOT, N.D. – The word “Sparkle” scribbled in silver sharpie across each Bismarck volleyball player’s black headband Saturday was a tongue-in-cheek nod to a minor fuss about their previous headwear at the conference tournament.

That’s when the Demons, whose team slogan this season was, “Rock the Sparkle,” were forced to retire their glittery headbands because they didn’t meet uniform guidelines.

It still couldn’t stop them from shining.

Anna Hruby had 15 kills and three blocks to help Bismarck defeat defending champion Grand Forks Red River 25-23, 25-22, 25-14 to secure the school’s first state crown since 1985 during the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament final at the Minot State Dome.

“I knew at the beginning that these girls had the potential to get here and to do some great things,” Bismarck coach Jessica Andersen said. “But we had to take one match at a time. We had a lot of things that we had to learn and fix along the way before we could get here.”

Bismarck was fundamentally solid from the start, digging out powerful hits by a potent Roughriders front row.

The Demons block kept senior Emily Asche and sophomore Hadley Steffen from taking off early.

At the same time, Hruby and Josette Glatt found the floor often.

“You always hear coaches say that defense wins championships,” said Red River coach Carolyn Olson, who has led the Roughriders to five state titles in 16 seasons. “That’s what won Bismarck High this championship tonight.”

RED RIVER (kills-blocks-service aces): Ronkowski 2-3-1, Asche 10-0-0, Bollingberg 7-1-0, Christian 0-0-1 (28 assists), Steffen 11-0-2 (18 digs), Strand 2-2-0, Fetsch 0-0-0 (18 digs).

BISMARCK (kills-blocks-service aces): E. Haugen 2-0-2 (34 assists), A. Haugen 4-0-0, Schafer 0-0-2, Hruby 15-3-0 (18 digs), Glatt 8-1-0, Rust 5-1-0, Weigel 4-2-1.

All-tournament team

GF Red River: Hadley Steffen, Kaitlyn Bollingberg, Amanda Christian

Bismarck High: Erin Haugen, Anna Hruby, Alek Haugen, Naomi Rust

Fargo Shanley: Hilary Rotunda

Fargo South: Bridget Kruger, Raquel Wellentin

Fargo North: Keli Johnson, Kira Larson

Williston: Jaclyn Lee, Jayden Lynch

Dickinson: Jess Herauf

N.D. Class A all-state team

First team

GF Red River: Emily Asche, Hadley Steffen

Fargo Shanley: Hillary Rotunda;

Fargo South: Raquel Wellentin;

Fargo North: Keli Johnson, Kira Larson;

Dickinson: Jessica Herauf, Madison Deibert;

Bismarck Century: Alexis Jacobs;

Bismarck High: Anna Hruby, Erin Haugen, Josette Glatt.

Second team

Fargo Shanley: Kaitlyn Carlson;

West Fargo: Ali Barta, Katelyn Holland;

Williston: Jaclyn Lee;

Dickinson: Kara Froelich;

Jamestown: Niki Schmitz.

Senior player of the year: Jessica Herauf.

Coach of the year: Missy Wilson, Fargo North.

Third place

Fargo South 3, Williston 1

Meghan Roehrich finished with 14 kills to help the Bruins to a 25-18, 25-22, 21-25, 25-23 win against the Coyotes.

Raquel Wellentin and Bridget Kruger had 10 kills each, and Michelle Westby finished with seven kills and three ace serves for South.

The Bruins had 127 digs as a team.

SOUTH (kills-blocks-aces): Boisjolie 1-0-1, Deyle 3-0-0, Duval 1-0-0 (23 assists), Bramel 3-1-0, Westby 7-0-3 (27 digs), Kruger 10-1-0, Wellentin 10-5-3, Fisher 1-0-0, Roehrich 14-0-0.

WILLISTON: Groth 0-0-1, C. Thomas 0-0-0, Clarke 14-5-0, Vedaa 2-1-0, Wenstad 1-0-0, Douglas 2-0-0, Bratcher 2-0-0, Lynch 5-0-2 (33 assists), Lee 15-3-1 (18 digs).

Fifth place

Fargo North 3, Dickinson 1

Keli Johnson finished with 10 kills, four blocks and 21 assists to help the Spartans to a 25-20, 25-23, 16-25, 25-20 win against the Midgets.

Sophomore Kira Larson had 12 kills and four blocks, and Mia Lopez finished with 10 kills.

NORTH (kills-blocks-aces): Marty 0-0-1 (25 digs), Daly 0-0-2, Thompson 0-0-0, Rindy 1-0-5, Johnson 10-4-3 (21 assists), Larson 12-4-0, McGurran 8-2-0, Thorstensen 1-0-0, Lopez 10-0-0, Brewer 0-0-0, Preston 0-0-0.

DICKINSON: Miller 0-0-1, Grosulak 0-0-0, Froelich 3-0-0 (40 assists), Hewson 2-0-0, Deibert 14-0-2, Herauf 22-0-0 (25 digs), Beaudoin 3-0-0, Moody 5-1-1.

Seventh place

Fargo Shanley 3, Minot 1

Senior Hillary Rotunda had 21 kills to lead the Deacons to a 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17 victory against the Majettes.

Kaitlyn Carlson added 17 kills, and Ashley Vetter had 46 assists for Shanley.

The Deacons finished with 10 ace serves and six blocks as a team.

SHANLEY (kills-blocks-aces): Kanwischer 2-1-0, Rotunda 21-3-0, Weir 8-1-4 (19 digs), Sandy 8-0-4, Brenner 0-0-0, Vetter 4-0-0 (46 assists), Carlson 17-1-2.

MINOT: Gathman 0-0-0, Milbrath 0-0-0, Bolinske 6-1-0, Suko 0-0-0, Larson 1-0-0 (39 assists), Vander Vorste 0-0-2 (25 digs), Bengston 0-0-3, Vetter 14-1-2, Finck 0-0-0, Johnson 8-2-0, Eggert 11-1-0.

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

Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com