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Greg DeVillers / Forum Communications Co. , Published November 16 2012

Langdon rallies for five-set win in Class B state volleyball

MINOT, N.D. – Abbey Braaten has seen her team have more than its share of ups and downs this fall.

“We’re a roller coaster,” the Langdon High School senior said. “We always have seemed to come out smiling at the end. But this is about as big a roller coaster as we’ve been on.”

Name a famous roller coaster, and it may not have anything over the highs and lows of what Langdon went through Friday. The Cardinals, whipped early and down 2-0, rallied to beat Park River-Fordville-Lankin 10-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-12 in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament.

The Cardinals play Kindred for the state title at 8 tonight.

Braaten said the Cardinals didn’t get down, even after the early struggles. “You just move on to the next point and the next game. They play to five games for a reason.”

Park River-Fordville-Lankin rolled to the easy first-set win, then rallied to score the final four points and win the second.

The Aggies had opportunities to put the match away, but Langdon kept coming up with key runs.

The Cardinals rallied in Set 3, closing the set on an 8-3 run for the win. A 9-3 spurt to close the fourth set gave Langdon the win to pull even at 2-2. Then, in the final, Braaten sandwiched two kills around a Lyndee Johnson service ace for the final three points of the match.

“We’ve done it before,” Langdon coach Rich Olson said. “We had to come back in the regional championship, down 2-1 to Carrington, to get here. I’m proud of the way the girls kept working and came back.

“When you’re down 0-2, it reaches the point where you say to yourself enough is enough, that if you’re going to lose at least play well. And we were able to make just enough plays at the end.”

L (kills-blocks-service aces): Fetsch 0-0-1 (24 digs), Downs 4-0-0 (33 assists), Anderson 1-1-0, Johnson 5-0-4, Weekes 0-0-1, Braaten 22-0-3, Hart 8-1-1, Kartes 2-1-0

PRFL: Myrdal 2-1-4 (18 digs, 12 assists), Vold 9-1-2, Welch 0-0-1 (11 assists), Swartz 7-0-0 (16 assists), Lehar 6-0-1, Johnson 17-2-2, Porter 4-2-0

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald