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Tom Mix, Published November 16 2013

Fargo Shanley wins East Region volleyball title with win over Fargo Davies

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – After three straight years of ending the region volleyball tournament as the runner-up, Fargo Shanley finally broke through for a title on Saturday.

The top-seeded Deacons defeated Fargo Davies 17-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-19 during the championship match of the North Dakota Class A, East Region tournament at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.

“We finally got one,” Fargo Shanley head coach Curt Johnson said.

Shanley (29-2) enters the state tournament as the East Region’s No. 1 seed and will play West Region, No. 4 seed Bismarck at noon Thursday in the quarterfinals at the Minot State Dome.

“It was definitely unfinished business for us,” said junior outside hitter Lauren Sandy. “This was our goal all season. We really wanted to get that No. 1 seed heading into state to just make a statement.”

Sandy finished with six kills and 18 assists for the Deacons.

Junior middle blocker and University of North Dakota volleyball commit Alivia Fraase led Shanley with a match-high 18 kills and five blocks.

Fraase also recorded match point with an ace serve.

“We worked really hard for this and we thought about all the effort we put into it,” Fraase said. “It finally paid off. After waiting so long, I’m glad we finally got it done.”

Davies (24-8) earns the East Region’s No. 2 seed and plays West Region, No. 3 seed Bismarck Century in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“We were pretty aggressive in the first set, but somehow we got a little tentative in our play, which allowed them to step up their play,” Davies head coach Missy Wilson said.

DAVIES (kills-blocks-aces): Papachek 10-1-0, Binde 3-0-1 (22 digs), Haugen 2-0-0, Tomhave 12-2-1, Kringlie 11-1-0, Olson 6-2-1 (31 assists), Langlie 0-0-0 (20 digs)

SHANLEY: Fraase 18-5-1 (23 digs), Stark 6-5-1, Jacobson 2-1-1 (24 digs), Sandy 6-1-1 (18 assists), Krauter 0-0-0 (23 assists), Bucholz 13-1-0, Webber 3-1-0 (21 digs).

State qualifiers

Fargo South 3, West Fargo 1

A year ago, Fargo South’s volleyball team wasn’t even playing in the East Region tournament.

Saturday, the Bruins completed quite the turnaround, earning a trip to the North Dakota Class A state tournament with a 25-15, 25-12, 19-25, 25-23 victory over West Fargo in a state-qualifying match at the Hi-Liner Activity Center.

“We wanted to go to state and really worked hard all season long,” South sophomore outside hitter Emily Stroup said. “Everyone pulled together and we got it done.”

Stroup led the Bruins (20-13) with 13 kills, two blocks and two ace serves.

The Bruins will be the No. 4 seed from the East Region and play the top seed from the West Region at 6 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinals at the Minot State Dome.

South opened the match with a 2-0 lead, going on sizable runs in both sets to earn the early advantage.

West Fargo (18-17) rallied to win the third set and played a back-and-forth fourth set with the Bruins.

Six different times during the fourth set, West Fargo and South were tied, but the Bruins clinched the match when senior middle blocker Madison McConn got a direct kill at the net to fall.

“That was so exciting,” McConn said of match point. “It was such a close match, and it came down to us being able to get those last few points. I’m so happy I got the opportunity to put it down.”

WEST FARGO (kills-blocks-aces): Cookman 0-2-0 (30 assists), Suppa 14-0-0, Gustafson 6-4-2, Langerud 5-0-0, Waite 5-5-0, Lasen 3-0-2.

FARGO SOUTH: Anderson 1-0-0 (16 assists), Erickson 6-3-2, Rokke 6-0-2, McConn 6-7-0, Lawley 3-1-1, Stroup 13-2-2 (15 assists), Melander 4-3-0.

Grand Forks Red River 3, Valley City 0

Grand Forks Red River is heading back to the state tournament and earned its berth by sweeping Valley City on Saturday.

The Roughriders (18-13) defeated the Hi-Liners 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 in a state qualifying match.

“I thought the team played a little nervous at the beginning of the match,” Red River head coach Carolyn Olson said. “It was a very new situation being in an elimination match, but the kids responded well and got the win.”

Junior middle block Taylor Adam and junior outside hitter Keana Burr each posted seven kills for Red River.

The Roughriders will be the East Region’s No. 3 seed and will play the No. 2-seeded team from the West Region at 2 p.m. Thursday during the Class A state quarterfinals at the Minot State Dome.

“We’ve been working to get back to the state tournament all season,” Adam said. “We have a totally different team this year. We’ll see what happens.”

VALLEY CITY (kills-blocks-aces): Winter 3-0-0, Olson 10-1-0, Denholm 2-0-1 (21 assists), Da. Diegel 3-2-0, Taylor 5-0-1, Di. Diegel 5-0-1.

RED RIVER: Musich 2-0-1, Trader 0-0-2, Borg 3-0-0, Adam 7-2-0, Burr 7-2-0, Rustebakke 0-0-1 (24 assists), Strand 6-0-0, Glenn 2-0-0.

All-Eastern Dakota Conference

Fargo North: Emma Bergeron. West Fargo: Courtney Suppa, Shelby Gustafson. Fargo Davies: Katelyn Olson, Kinsey Papachek, Jaiden Langlie. Fargo Shanley: Alivia Fraase, Somer Bucholz, Lauren Sandy. Grand Forks Red River: Mari Rustebakke. Fargo South: Emily Stroup, Madeline Erickson. Valley City: Jessica Denholm, Clarissa Olson. Wahpeton: Lachelle Bumgarner.

East Region Senior Athlete of the Year: Katelyn Olson, Fargo Davies

East Region Coach of the Year: Curt Johnson, Fargo Shanley

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562