For the second time in the last three seasons, Center-Stanton qualified for the Class B State volleyball tournament, but it was a loss at the end of last year that motivated the girls for this season.
The Center-Stanton Wildcats roar into the Class B State Volleyball Tournament with a record of 33-6-2.
“This season has been amazing,” Center-Stanton head volleyball coach Janet Erhardt said. “They put in a lot of extra hours with summer camps, summer league and team camps.”
But last season’s Region 5 championship loss that motivated the team for this year.
“It fueled me and I know a whole bunch of other people way more than we thought it would have,” junior setter Karsyn Haag said. “The whole thing that was going through our head during the [Region 5] championship game was, ‘We don’t want to lose like we did last year.'”
As Center-Stanton prepares for Minot, the Wildcats have some experienced players from 2016, but most will be new.
“There’s going to be a lot of emotion,” Haag said. “I don’t know how I’m going to fill yet.”
“I remember the arena being huge and really bright,” said senior Amber Frank. “It’s really bright compared to our gym.”
Center-Stanton plays Thompson, a team they have not faced this season.
“We were at tournaments with Thompson,” Erhardt said, “but we have not gotten to play them yet.”
The Wildcats also said they hope to watch film on Thompson before their match, but until then they are just focused on themselves.
“We’re going to need to work on talking,” Haag said. “That’s our biggest problem right now.
“We’ll work on speeding up our offense and making sure that we get every defensive ball up to where our setter needs it,” Frank said.
On Thursday, Center-Stanton starts the Class B Tournament when they face Thompson at 1 p.m. Thompson finished as last year’s state runner’s up.