Prep volleyball: Fargo North falls to Bismarck Century in Class A quarterfinals
The Spartans move on to the consolation bracket after a three-set loss to West No. 1 seed Century on Thursday.
BISMARCK — Bismarck Century began its hunt for a third consecutive Class A volleyball state title Thursday morning with a win over Fargo North in Bismarck.
The Patriots (West No. 1) took the win in straight sets 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 to move on to Friday's state semifinals while the Spartans, the East No. 4 seed, head to the consolation semifinals.
The quarterfinals appearance was the first at the state level for North since 2011
“I think they played their hearts out so they did a good job fighting against a really great team that has experience and success here,” said Fargo North head coach Rachel Hummel. “For our kids, they’ve never been on a stage like this together.”
Following the first set loss, North took the lead in set two, going up 7-2 thanks in part to a four-point run with libero Evy Berg serving.
Century tied the set and took the lead with a six-point run moments later, which included an ace from Logan Nissley.
In the third set, North was able to grab the lead twice early — 5-4 then 7-5 — after going punch for punch with Century before the Patriots took control.
“We got the nerves out in the first set and played hard,” said Hummel. “I’m proud of how they finished. There were a couple (mistakes) in the middle but Century is a great team.”
While Hummel noted the performances of Evy Berg (22 digs) and senior outside hitter Haidyn Tollefson (6 kills, 8 digs), she said the Spartans gave their all as a team.
Betsy Schiltz led the team with 32 assists while Reagan Carlson led the team with nine kills.
The Spartans' Audrey Rydell had eight kills and Solei Berg had seven kills.
Nissley led the Patriots with 15 kills while Haren Fitterer led the team with 15 digs. Nissley (11), Quinn Kost (10) and Eden Fridley (13) also hit double digit digs.
Century's Kost (16) and Geneva Ding (14) combined for 30 assists.
North heads to the consolation bracket at 1 p.m. Friday. Hummel is hopeful her team makes the most of the state tournament experience.
“(We want) to still find a way to enjoy this experience,” she said. “It still matters and we want to end on a high note. We get another chance to play two more days together.”