FARGO — Six days after Bismarck Century’s football team dominated in the Dakota Bowl at the Fargodome, Century’s volleyball team followed suit.
The Patriots notched a 25-15, 25-9, 25-18 sweep over Valley City — their 13th of the season — in the North Dakota Class A state volleyball quarterfinals Thursday morning at the Fargodome. Century’s fast-tempo offense came out firing and never let up to secure a spot in the semifinals.
“It feels good. You never know how your kids are going to perform," said Century head coach Jamie Zastoupil. "We’ve got a lot of new faces on the court, but I’m pleased with how they came out and the momentum that they carried with them."
The top-seeded Patriots (20-0) move on to face East No. 2 seed Fargo Davies at 4 p.m. Friday at the Fargodome. No. 4 East seed Valley City (14-13) will play West No. 3 seed Mandan at 10 a.m. Friday.
“I think we came out and we were able to capitalize on some runs and keep getting more points,” Zastoupil said. “I thought that our setters did a nice job of being able to move the ball around, use some different hitters, and that really starts with your first pass. I thought our passers did well, too.”
Delani Clarke dished out 21 assists for the Patriots. She also accounted for 12 digs. Century’s Abby Fletscher tossed out 19 assists.
Runs are something the Patriots have emphasized the second half of the season, and Century controlled those with ease Thursday.
Three Patriots had double-digit kills to fuel the balanced attack that has helped Century not drop a game all season. Julia Fittere registered 17 digs and 10 kills for a double-double. Megan Klein had 11 kills and an ace, and Logan Nissley tallied 10 kills and five digs.
Four players had double-digit digs to highlight Century’s defensive play. Jocelyn Julson posted 17 digs and Riley Lembke had 16.
On the other side, the Hi-Liners also shined defensively. Jocey Kriewald posted a team-high 16 digs. Dylann Diegel had 15 digs and Samantha Hatcher had 13.
Valley City stayed close early in the opening frame, but a Megan Klein tip gave Century a comfortable 5-point lead (13-8) and the Patriots never looked back.
Valley City stayed alive through two set points, but a Macy Fridgen kill sealed the set 25-15 for Century.
The Patriots wasted no time jumping out to a hefty lead at 12-2 in the second set, which was all Century. A pair of Nissley kills gave Century a 16-point lead (21-5), and the Patriots ran away with a 25-9 win.
Valley City hung in there with the Patriots in the third set, but Century launched a few long runs to notch the sweep.