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Greg DeVillers / Forum Communications Co., Published November 21 2010

Cardinals celebrate as Langdon picks up ND Class B state volleyball title

MINOT, N.D. – For Shannon Overby, this finish was more like it.

The senior outside hitter was one of the spark plugs Saturday as Langdon won the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament for the second time in three years. Langdon swept Linton-H-M-B 25-21, 25-18, 25-14 in the championship match.

Just a year ago, the Cardinals were spectators at state. They lost to Harvey in the Region 4 championship, ending a run of 11 consecutive appearances in the Class B state tournament.

“It’s a big difference. This is way better,” said Overby, who had eight kills and a team-leading 16 digs. “Last year that finish, it was the worst. But we probably needed it. Maybe we were a little too confident. We came down to earth and we worked hard.”

McKenzie Hart (17 kills), Overby, Abbey Braaten (eight kills) and Julie Dinius (seven kills) gave Langdon too much of an attack for Linton-H-M-B, which totaled only 25 kills in the championship. It was a final with many long rallies and strong defensive plays.

“There were a lot of digs, a lot of long rallies,” Langdon coach Rich Olson said. “We’re similar teams as far as winning those long rallies. We just won a few more. Linton is a scrappy defensive team; I think we are, too.”

Olson said the first set was the key.

Linton-H-M-B led early. But a 9-1 Langdon run gave the Cardinals a 14-9 advantage. The Lions stayed close, closing to within 23-21. But Langdon finished off the set with points off a Linton-HMB violation and a game-winning kill by Hart.

“If you lose that first game, I think a tension, an anxiety, carries over,” Olson said. “If you win the first one, you relax more. We got a lead and hung on. I think serving was the key. We got them out of their system enough to keep them from getting real good swings.

“And Hart came up big when we needed her to. She has all year.”

LANGDON (kills-blocks-service aces): Stein 1-0-1 (33 assists), Dinius 7-1-2, Klindt 1-0-1, Braaten 8-0-0, Overby 8-0-1 (16 digs), Hart 17-3-4.

LINTON-H-M-B (kills-blocks-service aces): Gerving 0-0-0 (20 assists), Nagel 0-0-0 (19 digs), Hulm 1-0-0, Hulm 3-1-1, Weber 8-0-0, Schneider 12-2-2, Flyberg 1-0-0.

All-tournament team

Langdon: McKenzie Hart, Mercedes Stein, Breanna Mack;

Park River/Fordville-Lankin: Sydney Larson;

Linton-H-M-B: Kayln Schneider, Robin Weber;

Kenmare: Katie King, Alexis Munson;

Stanley: Shaunessy Dauwalder, Jasmine Pappa;

Central Cass: Anna Morris.

N.D. Class B all-state team

Thompson: Whitney Sponsler

Park River/Fordville-Lankin: Sydney Larson

Hillsboro: Mikkaela Toenies

Langdon: McKenzie Hart; Harvey: Sheyenne Schneider

Linton-H-M-B: Paula Nagel, Kayln Schneider

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood: Moriah Skroch

Kenmare: Katie King

Bottineau: Whitney Page

Our Redeemer’s: Ashley Koppinger

Hazen: Payton Borud

Beach: Brittany Dietz

Beulah: Megan Battest

Stanley: Jasmin Pappa, ReeAnn Mehus

Senior player of the year: Katie King

Coach of the year: Sherry Currie, Park River/Fordville-Lankin

Third place

Kenmare 3, Stanley 2

After playing in the state championship match in three of the previous four seasons, Kenmare took home third-place honors Saturday.

Kenmare, the B state champion in 2007 and 2009, rallied to beat Stanley 25-20, 22-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-11 in the third-place match.

Katie King paced Kenmare, getting 17 kills, four blocks and three service aces. Halie Nelson added 12 kills and Erika Lemere 10 kills and three assists.

STANLEY (kills-blocks-service aces): Pappa 6-5-3 (20 digs), Hoherz 2-0-1, Dauwalder 17-4-4, Mehus 0-0-0 (32 assists), Pappa 15-1-1.

KENMARE (kills-blocks-service aces): Munson 1-0-1 (44 assists), Barnhart 5-3-1, Miller 6-1-0, Nelson 12-0-1, King 17-4-3, Lemere 10-1-3 (24 digs).

Fifth place

Central Cass 3, Beach 1

Central Cass had a 44-30 advantage in kills as the Squirrels beat Beach 13-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-16 in the North Dakota Class B state volleyball consolation championship.

Jenna Kost and Taylor Kraft had 11 kills each and Courtney Dixon contributed eight kills for the Squrrels. Kirsten Marschke had 21 assists while Bethany Voss had 18 assists to go with five kills.

BEACH (kills-blocks-service aces): Weinreis 3-0-5 (21 digs), Howard 3-1-2, Rising 10-1-0, Weinreis 1-0-0 (25 assists), Dietz 7-3-2, Vollum 6-1-0.

CENTRAL CASS (kills-blocks-service aces): Weber 4-0-2, Kost 11-2-0, Voss 5-1-1, Dixon 8-1-1 (15 digs), Morris 5-4-0, Marschke 0-0-2 (21 assists), Kraft 11-2-0.

Seventh place

Park River-Fordville-Lankin 3, New Salem-Almont 0

After Park River/Fordville-Lankin lost 3-2 in Friday’s consolation semifinals after winning the first two games, the Aggies held onto a 2-0 lead in Saturday’s seventh-place game. Park River/F-L beat New Salem-Almont 25-17, 25-20, 26-24.

PARK RIVER/FORDVILLE-LANKIN (kills-blocks-service aces): Larson 20-1-2 (16 digs), Myrdal 0-0-1 (38 assists), Schlenk 3-0-0, Ruzicka 4-0-0, Myrdal 0-0-1, Linn 7-0-0, Johnson 9-2-1.

NEW SALEM-ALMONT (kills-blocks-service aces): Bueligen 8-0-0 (18 digs), Klingenstein 4-0-0, Heins 1-1-1 (17 assists), Lennick 4-0-0, Bueligen 3-0-1, Wolf 15-0-0 (18 digs).

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald