Saturday night marks the final day of the North Dakota high school volleyball season with the top teams in the state battling it out for the Class A and Class B titles.
Class A State Championship: #1 Century vs #1 West Fargo Sheyenne
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The 2022 Class A state volleyball champion features one of the same schools that has been in the last 11 title games. Century has made every state championship since 2010, and has won six of the last seven titles entering Saturday. On the other side, West Fargo Sheyenne is making its debut in the state championship game.
In the first set, the Mustangs were on fire, lead by their front row play from their seniors, and a 9-2 run to open things up. Century fought back, pulling to within two at one point late, but Sheyenne closed the frame out with a 25-21 win.
Century won set two 25-22 behind their start out of the frame. Built off a huge 11-2 lead, the Patriots fended off any Mustang effort to steal the set.
Sheyenne seized the momentum back in the third set, establishing an early lead. But at 20-18, the Mustangs most impressive volleyball came on a 5-0 run to close the set, winning 25-18.
Set four played out the same way as set two for the Patriots, jumping out to a big lead, before Sheyenne fought back. It took five set point opportunities, but Century closed it out, winning 25-23.
Set five remained a battle between both teams as they pushed each other to the limit. Sheyenne jumped out to a 10-6 lead before Century called its first timeout of the set. The Mustangs continued their late rally out of the time to win 15-8 and capture the state title.
Class B State Championship: #1 Northern Cass vs #2 Linton-HMB
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The 2022 Class B state volleyball championship features the same two teams for the second year in a row. Linton-HMB defeated Northern Cass in 2021 for its second straight state title. Northern Cass has not won the Class B championship since 2013.
Both teams traded points early in the first set until it was Linton-HMB leading 7-6, then Northern Cass opened a seven point run to take a 13-7 lead. The Jaguars would stay hot to make it 17-9 before the Lions took their second timeout of the contest. The Jaguars success would continue after the break scoring four straight points to make it 21-9. The Lions made a late run in the set, but Northern Cass pulled out the win 25-16.
The second set was much closer, with the Lions pacing the way for most of the frame, jumping out to a 10-5 lead. However, the Jaguars used their front row attack to tie the game at 19 all. But it’s the Lions that prevailed to win 25-23, tying it up at 1-1.
Set three started with the Lions roaring to a 5-0 start before a Northern Cass timeout. The Jaguars came out of the break strong, taking a lead halfway through the first set at 9-8. The two teams would exchange leads multiple times following that before the Jaguars jumped ahead 15-11, forcing a Lions’ timeout. They Lions responded with a 6-3 run before the Jaguars called a timeout of their own. Following the break, the Lions stayed hot outscoring the Jaguars 8-3 en route to a 25-21 set win. After three sets the Lions lead 2-1.
The fourth set was one again back and forth with Northern Cass taking an 11-9 lead into the first timeout. The Lions kept it close following the break with the Jaguars taking a 17-14 lead. After a second Lions’ timeout, they pushed the pace to draw the Jaguars’ lead to 22-20 before Northern Cass took its first timeout of the set. The Jaguars scored outscored the Lions 3-1 in the final stretch to win the fourth set 25-21.
In the fifth set, the two teams went point for point in the early going with Linton-HMB leading 7-6 at the first timeout break. The Lions dominated the next two points to go ahead 9-6 before another Jaguars’ timeout. Northern Cass rallied for three straight points to tie the game at 9-9 to force Linton-HMB to use its first timeout. The Jaguars followed that up with a 4-1 run to go ahead 13-10 before the Lions called another timeout. Northern Cass capped off its state title run with back-to-back points to win 3-2 over Linton-HMB.