Tom Mix, Published November 17 2012
Kindred tops Langdon in ND Class B state volleyball championship match
The Vikings left town with a state championship.
Kindred defeated Langdon 25-17, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22 on Saturday at the Minot State Dome in the title match.
“I’m just so glad this team got a chance to be here,” Kindred senior outside hitter Kellie Schmit said. “People said we were not supposed to get here and let alone win the whole thing. We proved them wrong.”
It was the Vikings’ first-ever state tournament appearance. Langdon was making its state-record 15th state appearance.
Schmit – a 5-foot-11 NCAA Division I North Dakota volleyball commit – paced the Vikings with 20 kills, four blocks, and two ace serves.
“I’m not sure words can describe it,” Kindred head coach Brooks Dockter said of the state championship. “The kids came down with a mission and they accomplished it.”
Langdon jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, but the Vikings (35-10) recovered, rattling off a 12-0 run to take a 1-0 lead.
The Cardinals (35-10-1) took the second set, snapping the Kindred’s 16 consecutive sets winning streak.
Once again, Kindred bounced back to win the following two sets to clinch the championship.
“The ball control wasn’t the best for both teams,” Dockter said. “In the third set, it got a little better for us. The kids took some good swings and we just gutted it out.”
Alexandra Erickson added eight kills for the Vikings.
The Cardinals almost pushed the match to five sets, battling back from a 23-18 deficit in the fourth set. Langdon got it to 23-22, but a kill by Schmit and a Cardinals hitting error sealed up the match.
“We knew we had to stop tipping and stop being timid,” Schmit said. “We had to be aggressive, because if we play aggressive, we knew we could take the match.”
Kindred senior Casey Allmaras finished with 36 assists.
“It couldn’t be a more perfect ending to my senior year,” Allmaras said.
Abbey Braaten had 15 kills to lead the Cardinals.
“We were up and down,” Langdon head coach Rich Olson said. “We didn’t pass well initially and it showed. They were in system and we were out of system.
“We just needed to sneak that third or fourth set and get it to a fifth set, but we weren’t able to get it done.”
L: (kills-blocks-service aces): Downs 3-0-1 (19 assists, 17 digs), Anderson 3-1-0, Johnson 5-0-0, Weekes 0-0-3, Braaten 15-2-2, Hart 2-1-1, Kartes 1-0-0
K: Heitkamp 1-3-0, Ness 0-0-1, Podolak 4-0-0, Allmaras 3-0-1 (36 assists), Casey 0-0-2 (17 digs), Schmit 20-4-2, Erickson 8-0-0, Braaten 2-1-0
Langdon: Abbey Braaten, Brenna Downs
Park River-Fordville-Lankin: Kirsten Johnson, Carly Myrdal
Kindred: Alexandra Erickson, Mikaela Casey, Kellie Schmit
Flasher: Micaela Meyer
Minot Our Redeemer’s: Ashley Koppinger
Ray: Hanna Gillund
Linton-HMB: Tiffaney Gerving, Nicole Nieuwsma
Langdon: Abbey Braaten, Sr.
Park River-Fordville-Lankin: Kirsten Johnson, Sr.
Hatton-Northwood: Mackenzie Schwartz, Sr.
Kindred: Kellie Schmit, Sr., and Mikaela Casey, Sr.
Midkota: Emily Berge, Sr.
Oakes: Nicole Warren, Sr.
LaMoure: Megan Good, Sr.
Hazen: Rachael Hansana, Sr.
Stanley: Chai Pappa, Jr.
Minot Our Redeemer’s: Ashley Koppinger, Sr.
Beulah: Lakin Kessler, Jr.
Kenmare: Lexie Munson, Sr.
Grant County: Ashley Bentz, Sr.
Ray: Kendra Heier, Sr.
Dickinson Trinity: Alyson Schieno, Sr.
Senior athlete of the year: Kellie Schmit
Coach of the year: Brooks Dockter
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