Valley City was already making history as they stepped on the court of the 2020 state tournament quarterfinals. It was the team’s first back-to-back trip to state, having finished 6th last year and returning for another chance at the FargoDome on Thursday. They faced a hefty challenge, though: their 10 a.m. match put them up against North Dakota’s #1 team, Bismarck Century. The Patriots carried a 19-0 season record into the game versus the Hi-Liners, one of their advantages over Valle City their players’ heights. With two 6-foot senior hitters and one 6 foot 2 junior hitter, Patriots have been able to bring exceptional heat to their offense. They’re also just plain smart—they quickly compensate for every situation and spot weaknesses in opponents.
Valley City came to play, though. The East Region #4 seed has seen wins and losses this season, and they’ve proved themselves to be a team that always finds a way to make a comeback—even if it doesn’t get them a win. Hi-Liners did that during their 3-set battle with the Patriots and though they came up short, their performance was one the community can be proud of. One of the announcers for the game even called the Hi-Liner ladies the “Comeback Kids.”
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