FARGO-Anna Holen expected to be icing her right shoulder Friday night. Thirty-four kills in one match will do that.
"Probably like seven times, at least,'' the LaMoure junior said. "Once the adrenaline gets going (during a match) you can't feel it. But it will be pretty numb later after all those swings.''
But, she added with a smile, "I don't mind.''
That's because her hitting led the defending champion Loboes back to the title match in the North Dakota Class B high school volleyball tournament. In a rematch of last season's final, LaMoure beat Langdon-Edmore-Munich 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-14 in Friday's semifinals.
As she's been for the past two seasons, the 5-foot-9 Holen was LaMoure's go-to hitter. She accounted for 34 of the Loboes' 48 kills and had a match-high 2.5 blocks.
"She's not a 6-footer, but she plays like she's 6 feet tall,'' L-E-M coach Rich Olson said. "She's so smart (as a hitter). It's tough to get a ball down on them. She's an incredible player. And they had us out of system almost all night long. Their serving was tough.''
Langdon-E-M rallied from a 20-14 deficit to win the opening set, finishing it off on a Callie Ronningen kill.
LaMoure was up 24-21 and fought off a Cardinals comeback in the second set, The Loboes led 20-16 in the third before L-E-M again rallied. Four ties followed, the last at 23, before a lift and a Holen kill put LaMoure up 2-1. The Loboes never trailed in the fourth, building a 7-1 lead at the start and closing on a 12-4 sport.
"They had a little more height,'' LaMoure coach Laurie Good said. "And we knew (L-E-M's) Madi Hart would come out strong. We just had to do our thing, defense and getting to the ball.''
And getting the ball to Holen. "She's been kind of our go-to player all season,'' Good said.
Ellie Holen added eight kills for LaMoure, with Jackie Meiklejohn dishing out 44 assists.
Hart led Langdon-E-M with 22 kills to go with a match-high four service aces. Ronningen added 11 kills, with Rachel Hill getting 40 assists.
"We battled back and got the first set,'' Olson said. "If we make a couple more plays in the second and third (sets), it could have gone the other way. They made the plays when the pressure was on. Give them credit for that. We missed a few opportunities.''
L (kills-block-aces): E. Holen 8-1-0 (14 digs), A. Holen 34-2-0 (16 digs), Mart 0-0-3, Rodin 0-1-0, Thielges 0-1-0, Hamlin 5-2-1 (26 digs), Meiklejohn 1-1-3 (44 assists), Klever 0-0-0 (18 digs),
L-E-M: Hill 1-1-1 (40 assists), Ellington 5-0-0 (16 digs), Worley 4-0-1 (17 digs), Hart 22-1-4 (17 digs), Ronningen 11-1-1 (16 digs), Hiller 2-1-0, Pritchard 0-0-1, Crockett 0-0-0.