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Prep volleyball: Jamestown edges Fargo South in 5 sets to advance to state semis

The Blue Jays will square off with East Region top seed West Fargo Sheyenne on Friday.

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Jamestown's Benet Fronk slices a shot against Fargo South's Talyn Hoffert and Teigan Malo during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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BISMARCK — Playing in its first state tournament match since 2014 on Thursday night, the Fargo South volleyball team knew it was in for a challenge against Jamestown.

The East Region No. 3 seed Bruins battled from a set down twice, but it wasn't enough as the West Region No. 2 Blue Jays finished it out 25-19, 24-26, 26-24, 21-25, 15-8 and advance to the Class A state tournament semifinals.

Tied at 8-8 in the fifth set, Jamestown went on a seven-point run to clinch the match, which ended on a block. The Blue Jays (30-6) will now face East Region No. 1 seed West Fargo Sheyenne (33-2) in the semis with first serve set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Bismarck Event Center.

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Jamestown's Benet Fronk and Makenna Nold ready for the second set against Fargo South during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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It was a valiant effort for the Bruins, but too many mistakes in the end cost them, according to head coach Peyton Wegleitner.

"I wouldn't say that we necessarily ran out of steam, we just made so many errors," Wegleitner said. "We knew exactly what we needed to execute on. The girls just couldn't quite get there. But I think we'll learn from our mistakes and we're just going to battle back (Friday. (Friday) is a new day, the sun is still going to come up and we're going to go battle for that consolation championship."

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South (26-9) will play West Region No. 4 Bismarck St. Mary's (21-14) in a consolation semifinal at 3 p.m. Friday.

"We're heads and shoulders above where we were last year," Wegleitner said. "Each year this program gets better and better, so it's been something as a coach that's really fun to see. They've prepared a lot for this tournament and we took a really, really good top team in the state to five sets. So I'm proud about that but we're hoping to execute a little bit better (Friday)."

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Fargo South's Genevieve Gard blocks a Jamestown kill shot during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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The Blue Jays never surrendered the lead in the opening set, going up 21-12 with full control. A 6-2 Bruins run did put the pressure on late making it a 23-18 game, but Jamestown ultimately clinched set point on an attack error.

Down 20-17 in the second set, South rallied and claimed the final four points — which included two kills from senior middle hitter Emma Dalby — and went on to end it on a block.

The script was flipped in the third, with Jamestown on the winning end of the same score as set two — this one also ending on a block from junior middle hitter Kinley Anderson.

South drew things even at two in the fourth set, winning on a ball sent out of bounds before the Blue Jays prevailed in the final set.

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Fargo South's Emma Dalby knocks down a shot against Jamestown during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Junior setter Makenna Nold led Jamestown with 16 kills while senior outside hitter Bernadette Newman finished with 11. Senior middle hitter Haylie Hakanson chipped in 10 kills. Nold led the Blue Jays in assists with 30 while senior libero Aspyn Peterson had 29 digs. Nold finished with 13 digs and five blocks. Newman and sophomore setter Edie Hegerle each had four aces.

South was paced by senior outside hitter Gen Gard with 20 kills while Dalby added 15. Senior outside hitter Alivia Abel chipped in with 13 kills. Senior setter Madison Jackson had 52 assists while Gard led the digs department with 26. Abel finished with three blocks for the Bruins and Gard and senior defensive Nina Majetich each recorded an ace.

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Fargo South's Nina Majetich tracks down the ball against Jamestown during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Fargo South's Teigan Malo battles at the net against Jamestown's Kinley Anderson during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Fargo South's Alivia Abel, Amelia Hawley and Emma Dalby celebrate set point against Jamestown during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Fargo South's Genevieve Gard and Jamestown's Makenna Nold battle at the net during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Jamestown's Makenna Nold slams down a kill shot againt Fargo South's Teigan Malo and Talyn Hoffert during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Jamestown's Makenna Nold steers a return shot against Fargo South during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament at the Bismarck Events Center on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022.
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Ryan Spitza joined The Forum in December 2021 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Marquette, Mich., a city of 20,000 on the southern shore of Lake Superior. He majored in multimedia journalism and minored in public relations at Northern Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in May 2019. While attending college, Spitza gained real-world experience covering high school and college athletics for both The Mining Journal and The North Wind.

Spitza can be reached at 701-451-5613 or rspitza@forumcomm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryspitza.
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