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Tom Mix, Published November 13 2012

North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament preview

Linton-HMB (25-10) vs. Dickinson Trinity (21-16)

When: Noon Thursday

Where: Minot State Dome

What you need to know: Linton-HMB is making its fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament. … The Lions lost in the semifinals to Central Cass a year ago and were state runners-up in 2010. … Dickinson Trinity is making its eighth state appearance in school history and first since 2008. … Trinity is led by 5-foot-8 senior outside hitter Alyson Schieno. … Schieno had 64 kills during last week’s Region 7 tournament and has 1,235 career kills. … Trinity defeated Beulah in five sets to win the Region 7 championship. … The Lions swept South Border in the Region 3 title match behind the performances of sophomore outside hitter Nicole Nieuwsma (13 kills) and sophomore setter Tiffaney Gerving (31 assists, 17 digs).

Kindred (32-10) vs. Flasher (27-8)

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: Minot State Dome

What you need to know: Kindred is making its first appearance at the state tournament. … Flasher is making its sixth state appearance and first since 2009. … Kindred swept all three of its matches at the Region 1 tournament last week in Oakes, N.D., including a 25-22, 25-16,

25-18 decision over Fargo Oak Grove in the title match. … Flasher is coming off a 3-1 win over Grant County in the Region 5 championship match. … Kindred senior outside hitter Kellie Schmit has collected 616 kills this season. … Kindred senior libero Mikaela Casey has 377 digs this fall.

Park River-F-L (29-9) vs. Ray (36-2-1

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Minot State Dome

What you need to know: Ray is making its first trip to state since 2007 and its eighth overall tournament appearance. … The Jays swept Watford City to win the Region 8 championship. … Park River-F-L is making its 10th state appearance. … The Aggies are led by senior Kirsten Johnson, who posted 20 kills in PR-F-L’s 19-25,

25-22, 14-25, 25-19, 15-10 win over Hatton Northwood in the Region 2 championship match.

Langdon (32-9-1) vs. Minot Our Redeemer’s (35-10-1)

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Minot State Dome

What you need to know: Langdon is making its state-record 15th state tournament appearance and first since 2010. … The Cardinals have won three state championships (2003, 2008, 2010). … Minot Our Redeemer’s is making its second state appearance in school history and first since 2004. … Langdon rallied to top Carrington 26-24, 21-25, 13-25, 25-18, 15-11 in the Region 4 championship match. … Minot Our Redeemer’s are led by senior outside hitter Ashley Koppinger, who had a team-high 16 kills in the Knights’ 25-17, 25-13, 25-15 win over Bottineau in the Region 6 title match.