If the West Regionals started today, the Century and Mandan volleyball team’s would make the WDA tournament.
Last week, Century scored a huge upset when they handed Jamestown, the top team in the West, their first loss in the West.
Jamestown still currently sits atop the WDA standings, having played one more match than Century.
As the race for first gets more intense with less than a month to go, the Patriots are keeping their goals as high as can be.
“We want to be in the top 1-2-3 going into postseason for WDA,” head coach Jamie Zastoupil said. “And then hopefully coming out of that and getting a bid to the state tournament. I think that we have the ability to do that. It’s just the confidence and keeping the peaks and valleys at bay.”
Century’s next match is Oct. 17 at Minot.
The Braves are in fourth place right now.
If you’re in the top six at the end of the month, you’re safely into the West Region Tournament.
Mandan probably wouldn’t mind climbing even higher, and this Jamestown match presents a big opportunity.
And the players told me they’re confident that their relentless approach will keep them in any ballgame.
“We have played the scrappiest that we’ve every played before,” libero Lizi Leingang said. “I feel like our setters are getting after it, and providing our middle hitters and our outside and our right side hitters really good looks to get the kills they are looking for.”
Mandan’s next match is against Jamestown at Mandan High School on Oct. 17.