FARGO-LaMoure head coach Laurie Good said the way her team played Thursday at the Fargodome mirrored how many matches have played out for the Loboes this season: A slow start with a strong finish.
"We'd finally get our fire, get together and roll from there," Good said.
The No. 3-seeded Loboes fell behind early in the first set against Hazen, but rallied for the set win. That sparked LaMoure to a 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 victory in the first round of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament.
"I feel we came out a little flat-footed, we didn't really get synced and our serving was a little off," Good said. "We got through it."
The defending state champion Loboes (34-3) play No. 2-seeded Langdon-Edmore-Munich in the state semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday in a rematch of last year's state championship.
"They're a great team," said LaMoure junior outside hitter Anna Holen, who had 16 kills against Hazen. "They have an awesome coach. We're excited to play them. They're a good defensive team and when they set up their offense they can pound the ball."
Hazen took an 8-6 lead in the first set after a LaMoure hitting error. The Loboes also had two early service errors. LaMoure countered, however, by scoring 14 of the next 15 points to build a 20-9 lead. Loboes junior Kindra Hamlin's ace gave her team set point and a 25-12 win.
"Once we started serving well, we got them out of system," Holen said.
Holen led a three-pronged LaMoure attack. Freshman outside hitter Ellie Holen and Hamlin each added nine kills to complement Anna Holen's match-high total in kills.
"Anna is able to read the floor and she just brings the whole fire to the team," Good said. "The open spots appear for her."
HAZEN (kills-blocks-aces): Rask 0-0-0 (18 digs), Zimmerman 4-2-0, Hintz 3-0-0 (8 assists), Doll 6-0-0, Leier 0-0-0 (8 assists), Byerley 2-1-0, Reinhardt 2-1-0, Walters 1-1-0.
LAMOURE: E. Holen 9-1-1, A. Holen 16-0-1, Rodin 1-0-0, Thielges 2-0-0, Hamlin 9-0-2, Meiklejohn 1-0-0 (28 assists), Klever 0-0-2 (20 digs), Mart 0-0-0.