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East Region volleyball roundup: North comes back against Wahpeton

North comes back against Wahpeton GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Anna Langemo simply wouldn't let Fargo North lose Thursday in the first round of the East Region volleyball tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. North was down to its last point dur...

North comes back against Wahpeton

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Anna Langemo simply wouldn't let Fargo North lose Thursday in the first round of the East Region volleyball tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

North was down to its last point during the third game against Wahpeton, already down two games to none, when the senior outside hitter sparked the Spartans' comeback that ended with North winning in five games.

"You could see the determination on her face and I think she was the turning point for our team. She was the inspiration," North coach Melissa Wilson said of Langemo. "I said, 'Look at that kid, look what she's doing,' and everyone else started to see that."

Langemo said she was focused on doing whatever it took to not lose the game.

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"We just did not want to let ourselves lose," she said.

North trailed 24-22 in the third game before scoring four straight points to win the game 26-24 and turn the momentum in the match.

The Spartans dominated the fourth game 25-15 before closing out the match with a 15-9 win in the final game.

"To come out and win two games in a row and then fall in five is heartbreaking," Wahpeton coach Kelly Bennett said.

Wahpeton won the first two games with stingy defense.

North struggled to get the ball past Wahpeton blockers, and when the Spartans did there was often a defender there for the dig.

"They were touching everything," Wilson said.

After losing the third game, Wahpeton failed to regain momentum, and the North attack, led by Jenny Goughnour's 18 kills, looked like it had gained an extra step.

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According to Bennett, North was better conditioned than her team and that played a factor late in the match.

"When you get into a five-game match it is going to come down to who is in shape," Bennett said.

WAHPETON (kills-blocks-aces): Braun 15-7-2, Sannes 9-1-2, Kleven 8-8-0, Walter 6-1-0, Coppin 0-1-2 (27 assists), Fisher 0-0-1.

FARGO NORTH: Koehler 7-1-2, Goughnour 18-0-1, Anderson 10-3-1, Olson 10-0-8, Welk 0-0-1 (39 assists), Langemo 2-4-0.

West Fargo 3, Jamestown 0

The West Fargo Packers started slow Thursday, but ultimately showed why they are the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

The Packers overcame slow starts in the first two games to defeat Jamestown in convincing fashion, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-10.

"For all high school girls coming into a tournament, I think it is an exciting time," West Fargo coach Nicole Peterson said. "The first few plays you're always on edge."

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The first game was tied at six when West Fargo scored five consecutive points to begin a 19-6 run to close the game.

Senior Andrea Hummel had two kills and a block over the five-point run.

West Fargo started slowly again in the second game, falling behind 10-9 before getting back on track.

"We started relaxing, then we started serving more aggressively and that's when things started rolling for us," Peterson said.

West Fargo's early struggles did not continue in the third game. They jumped out to a7-3 lead and didn't look back.

Jamestown had a hard time stopping a balanced Packer attack, led by Jessica Holaday's eight kills.

"They have too many weapons for us to come out like we did," Jamestown coach Sherry Swartz said.

WEST FARGO (kills-blocks-aces): Edwards 6-1-3, Young 7-1-0, Gjestvang 7-3-1, Hummel 6-2-2, Green 7-0-1, Doggett 0-0-1, J. Holaday 8-0-0, Adams 0-0-5.

JAMESTOWN: Hager 4-0-0, Trapp 4-2-0, Harty 0-0-1, Steinmetz 0-4-0, Hill 0-2-0, Rachel 0-0-0 (9 assists).

Fargo South 3, Fargo Shanley 0

Sam Billing smashed 13 kills to lead the Bruins to a 25-16, 25-19, 28-26 victory against the Fargo Shanley Deacons in the first round.

"I thought we played very good defense," said South coach Tonah Safranski. "Our defense kind of got us going."

South sophomore Leslie Olson paced the defensive effort with 16 digs. Senior middle hitter Brionna Simenson added eight kills and four blocks.

"I thought we came out ready to play," Safranski said.

LaCarra Senn paced the Deacons with seven kills. Melissa Mering added six kills and one block.

South will take on Grand Forks Red River in the semifinals at 7 p.m. today.

Red River defeated Grand Forks Central 25-19, 25-17, 25-11 in its first round match Thursday.

Shanley and Central play at 3 p.m. today in a loser-out match.

SHANLEY (kills-blocks-aces): Vang 0-1-1, Jones 3-0-3, Eisenbeis 0-0-1, Hund 2-2-0, Koester 5-0-0, Mering 6-1-0, Spofford 0-0-1, Senn 7-1-0.

SOUTH: Foss 0-0-2, Billing 13-1-0, Granberg 0-0-3 (7 assists), Simenson 8-4-2, Brodeur 0-0-0 (28 assists), Deyle 1-3-0, Stroup 8-1-1, Olson 4-0-0 (16 digs), Pattison 7-4-0.

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