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N.D. Class B volleyball roundup: King, Kenmare capture crown

MINOT, N.D. -- The matchup was billed as Hazen's Golden Opp-ortunity vs. The King and Kenmare. King and her court reign supreme. Junior middle hitter Katie King finished with 23 kills, and had a dominant fifth set, to lead Kenmare to a 25-21, 25-...

MINOT, N.D. -- The matchup was billed as Hazen's Golden Opp-ortunity vs. The King and Kenmare.

King and her court reign supreme.

Junior middle hitter Katie King finished with 23 kills, and had a dominant fifth set, to lead Kenmare to a 25-21, 25-19, 16-25, 22-25, 15-4 victory against Hazen in the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament final Saturday at the Minot State Dome.

"In our huddle, we were like come on girls we need to pull through, we need to get it together," said King, whose team earned its second title in the last three years. "We need to just go out and play hard and win this sucker. I just knew I had to not hang my head and hit it hard."

Kenmare (44-3) came out blasting to open the match, using King's powerful spike and a defense that tracked down almost everything the Bison threw at them.

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The Honkers frustrated the Bison throughout the first two sets with their tenaciousness and confidence.

Kenmare's precise passes from the back row in the face of North Dakota Class B senior player of the year Allison Opp's sinking jump serve set the tone. Opp, who set a Class B single match record with 15 aces serves in Hazen's semifinal win, could only get three to drop in against the Honkers.

The losses for Hazen (42-4) in the opening two sets were the team's first of the tournament. The Bison swept Park River/Fordville-Lanking and Stanley to reach the final.

"Their defense is amazing," said Opp, who had 19 kills. "Every ball that we hit they seemed to always get a touch on it. They were very, very consistent with that all night."

The Bison battled back from the brink of elimination to force a fifth set.

Kenmare held a 21-19 advantage in the fourth set when Hazen scored five in a row to take control.

However, King became unstoppable in the fifth set. Helped by near-perfect passes by setter Alexis Munson, King had eight kills to help the Honkers secure the title.

"Our defense was amazing. ... They were just all in the right spot at the right time," King said. "We were all just fired up and I think that helped a lot."

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Third place

Stanley 3, Linton-HMB 2: The Blue Jays battled back from a 0-2 deficit to take third place with a 17-25, 19-25, 27-25, 25-19, 15-7 win.

Jasmin Pappa finished with 16 kills and three ace serves to lead Stanley. Rachel Mehus had 14 kills and Reeann Mehus had 30 set assists in the win.

Lacey Ryckman led the Lions with 15 kills and three blocks.

Fifth place

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 3, Park River/Fordville-Lankin 2: The Aggies' bid for a consolation championship took a hit when Moriah Skroch moved into the front row.

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood topped Park River/Fordville-Lankin 19-25, 25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 15-12 in the fifth-place match. The Aggies had used a 3-0 run, two of the points on Cass Heigaard kills, to take a 9-7 lead in the fifth game. Then Skroch rotated into the front row and sparked W-L to a match-closing 8-3 run. Skroch scored six of the points on four kills and two blocks.

"She (Skroch) wanted it bad," Aggies coach Sherry Swartz said. "She was trying to single-handledly win it.

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"It was a real roller coaster of momentum the enter match. We had it after the fourth game, but we couldn't keep it. (Skroch) was a real big factor in that."

Park River/F-L had gotten some momentum back when it closed the fourth game with three unanswered points for the win.

Skroch dominated the W-L offense with 23 kills, 14 more than any of her teammates. Park River/F-L was paced by Lexi Erickson (22 kills), Sydney Larson (17) and Heigaard (11). Courtney Rehovsky had 44 assists.

"We're not disappointed with sixth place," Swartz said. "We were proud to be here."

Seventh place

Harvey 3, Flasher 0: Sheyenne Schneider had 14 kills and three blocks to lead Harvey to a 25-12, 25-19, 25-23 win.

The Hornets finished with a .279 attack percentage.

Allison Schick's seven kills paced Flasher.

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