Maple Valley (3-4 District 2, 13-12 overall) carried the No. 4 seed into Oct. 30â€™s District 2 Quarterfinals before falling 3-0 to host and No. 5 Kindred and falling 3-1 (13-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-25) to No. 2 Central Cass on Monday.
Ashley Punton (outside hitter), Katie Pautz (setter), Megan Kasowski (middle blocker) and KayLee Hanson (outside hitter) are this yearâ€™s Raider graduates.
Maple Valley and Barnes County North enter respective District 2 and District 5 Regional qualifiers at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
No. 4 Maple Valley, having fallen 3-0 to No. 5 Kindred in the District 2 quarterfinals, faces No. 2 Central Cass in Mondayâ€™s 4:30 p.m. Regional qualifier in Kindred.
No. 5 Barnes County North, after falling 3-0 to No. 4 Ellendale in Thursdayâ€™s District 5 quarterfinal, eliminated No. 8 Litchville-Marion/Montpelier 3-0 in Fridayâ€™s consolation quarterfinal and faces No. 2 Oakes in Mondayâ€™s 4:30 p.m. Regional qualifier in Ellendale.
Hi-Liner cross country announced awards on Sunday, naming (back, from left) Jack Jordan Most Improved, Nathan Johnson the Spirit Award winner, Casey Engelhard the Hardest Worker and Most Valuable.
Front, from left: Sharon Michael won the Rookie Award, Mikayla Wolla the Most Improved, April Berntson the Spirit Award, Mikaylah Ross Hardest Worker and Most Valuable. Not Pictured is Eliza Schueneman, who won the Hardest Worker Award.
Beating Devils Lake Thursday night at the Hi-Liner Activity Center was all Claire Olson and Valley City needed for at least the eighth Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament spot and a homecourt play-in.
Devils Lake, just a match behind the Hi-Liners for the eighth seed and no stranger to Valley Cityâ€™s escapability after Sept. 16â€™s 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-21) Hi-Liner win at Devils Lake and Oct. 11â€™s 2-0 (26-24, 28-26) repeat performance at the Fargo Invitational, had Valley City down two sets to one before the Hi-Liners took the final two, 3-2 (20-19, 22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-8).
A North Star No. 2 seed may still be in the cards for Valley City State.
Returning to Graichen Gymnasium for their home finale against conference rival Dickinson State Wednesday, Kaitlyn Heuring, Emily Plowman, Stephanie Miller and Jaycee George served up three aces each on the way to a 3-1 (25-16, 24-26, 25-20) Viking win that sweeps the season series, puts the Vikings back at .500 in the conference and guarantees them at least the fourth NSAA Tournament seed that plays at the third seed in Nov. 8â€™s first round.
â€śJust keep swimmingâ€ť is an invaluable mantra in life as well as on the volleyball court.
Claire Olson, Reagan Ingstad and Valley City, winless in their last six Eastern Dakota conference matches entering Mondayâ€™s home contest against Grand Forks Central, regained their sea legs with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-18) sweep to take the season series after having swept the Knights, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-16), in Sept. 11â€™s road contest.
Varsity, starring Austin Lura, Collin Lura, Drew Oberlander, Levi Nix and Matthew Lyter, drew Griggs County in Saturdayâ€™s first match, winning 5-0. Levi Nix finished at four strikes, four spares and two errors and a team-high 80 percent.
Taking on the West Fargo Stars in Match 2, Valley City won, 3-2, in alternating games.