LaMoure tops Langdon-E-M in rematch of last year's state volleyball title match
FARGO--What might have been isn't a question Madi Hart was thinking about Friday. She may ponder that in the future after the Langdon-Edmore-Munich senior and her teammates came up just shy of a berth in the North Dakota Class B high school volle...
FARGO-What might have been isn't a question Madi Hart was thinking about Friday.
She may ponder that in the future after the Langdon-Edmore-Munich senior and her teammates came up just shy of a berth in the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. In a rematch of last season's state final, defending champion LaMoure edged the Cardinals 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-14 in Friday's semifinals.
"It's frustrating now,'' Hart said. "Maybe in a week or so, we'll look back and think about what we could have done differently.''
Slowing down Anna Holen would top that list. The 5-foot-9 junior expected to be icing her right shoulder Friday night after pounding down 34 kills.
"Probably like seven times, at least,'' Holen said. "Once the adrenaline gets going (during a match) you can't feel it. But it will be pretty numb later after all those swings.''
But, she added with a smile, "I don't mind.''
Holen accounted for 34 of the Loboes' 48 kills and had a match-high 2.5 blocks.
"She's not a 6-footer, but she plays like she's 6 feet tall,'' L-E-M coach Rich Olson said. "She's so smart (as a hitter).
"It's tough to get a ball down on them. She's an incredible player. And they had us out of system almost all night long. Their serving was tough.''
Langdon-E-M rallied from a 20-14 deficit to win the opening set, finishing it on a Callie Ronningen kill.
LaMoure was up 24-21 and fought off a Cardinals comeback in the second set. The Loboes led 20-16 in the third before L-E-M rallied to tie the score four times, the last at 23, before a lift and a Holen kill put LaMoure up 2-1. The Loboes started the fourth set on a 7-1 spurt and closed on a 12-4 run.
"They had a little more height,'' LaMoure coach Laurie Good said. "And we knew Madi Hart would come out strong. We just had to do our thing, defense and getting to the ball.''
Hart led Langdon-E-M with 22 kills and a match-high four service aces. Ronningen added 11 kills, with Rachel Hill getting 40 assists.
Ellie Holen added eight kills for LaMoure, with Jackie Meiklejohn dishing out 44 assists.
"We battled back and got the first set,'' Olson said. "If we make a couple more plays in the second and third (sets), it could have gone the other way. They made the plays when the pressure was on. Give them credit for that. We missed a few opportunities.''