The state volleyball tournament rolls on Friday afternoon with four semifinal games in the Bismarck Events Center.

Class A Semifinals

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#1 West Fargo Sheyenne Mustangs3#2 Jamestown Blue Jays0Final

#1 Century vs #3 Legacy

The first semifinal game for the Class A level is a battle of Bismarck between top seeded Century and Legacy. Century completed a perfect season in the WDA this year, defeating the Sabers twice. The Sabers are hoping to make the state title game for the first time in program history.

The Patriots huddle after taking the first set 25-23

The Century Patriots won the semifinal in a 3-0 sweep, however it was anything but easy against a tough Legacy Sabers team. The Patriots advance to their 12th straight championship game, and are looking to make it three straight titles.

The first set was back-and-forth, but the Patriots took an exciting first set by a score of 25-23. In the second set, Century built an early lead, maintaining distance between them and the Sabers, leading to a 25-19 win. The Patriots held off a furious comeback effort by Legacy in the third set, winning 26-24.

#1 West Fargo Sheyenne vs #2 Jamestown

The final semifinal game of the night pits Jamestown against the top seed from the East, West Fargo Sheyenne. The Mustangs are 27-1 on the season, while the Blue Jays come in at 26-4.

West Fargo Sheyenne and Jamestown warm up before their semifinal match

The top seed out of the east, West Fargo Sheyenne was able to put in it’s best performance of the season in the semifinals, winning in a 3-0 sweep over Jamestown. This is the Mustangs first trip to the state championship game in school history.

It was all Sheyenne in the first set, jumping out to an 11-1 run to start the game, leading to a 25-18 win. It was more of the same for the Mustangs in set two, jumping out to another big lead, and taking the frame, 25-16. Sheyenne caps off a dominant performance in the semifinals with a 25-18 win in the final set.

Class B Semifinals

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#1 Northern Cass3#4 Kenmare/Bowbells1FINAL

#2 Linton-HMB vs #3 Thompson

In the first semifinal of the day, the back-to-back defending state champions Linton-HMB took on Thompson to decide who got a shot in the state title game.

Captains and coaches before the Class B semifinal game between Linton-HMB and Thompson.

Linton-HMB defeated Thompson in a five set thriller by a score of 3-2 to advance to the state title game after losing the first two sets. The Lions will play for their third straight state championship on Saturday night.

The Tommies grabbed a 1-0 set lead with a 25-18 win in the first set after going on a 10-2 run in the middle of the set. The Tommies made it 2-0 with a 25-17 win in set two. Set three brought the drama, with extra points needed, as Linton-HMB was able to keep their season alive with a score of 28-26. The Lions continued their strong run in the fourth set and pulled out a 25-20 win to force just their third five set game of the season. The fifth set belonged to the Lions as they stormed to a 15-13 win to clinch a spot in the title game.

#1 Northern Cass vs #4 Kenmare/Bowbells

Game two of the semifinals featured top seeded Northern Cass against the No. 4 seed Kenmare-Bowbells. The Jaguars were 35-1 on the season. The Honkers entered the contest with a 41-2 record.

Starters from Northern Cass and Kenmare-Bowbells are introduced before the Class B semifinal

The Jaguars won 3-1 to advance to the state title game for the second consecutive season, but for just the third time in program history. The Jaguars last won the Class B State Championship in 2013.

In set one, the Honkers got off to a good start with an early 7-6 lead, but the Jaguars showed why they’re the one seed, bouncing back to with a run, and winning the set 25-16. Set two went to the Jaguars 25-19. However, the Honkers came from behind to win a third set 28-26. In the end, it was the Jaguars pulling away in a fourth set 25-16 to win the match.