BISMARCK — West Fargo Sheyenne has relied on a young roster this season. That youth came through on Thursday in the Class A volleyball state quarterfinals.

"I think we just had to work through some nerves," Sheyenne head coach Leah Newton said. "This is the first experience for some of those girls and I think they came out a little bit tight and had a little bit of nerves."

While it took Sheyenne a little bit to settle in, Bismarck High came out firing on all cylinders. The No. 2 West seed Demons were confident and composed throughout all three sets Thursday as they swept Sheyenne (25-22, 25-17, 25-21) to reach the semifinals.

Bismarck will play No. 1 West seed West Fargo at 1 p.m. Friday at Bismarck Event Center for a spot in the state championship. The Mustangs play No. 4 seed Bismarck St. Mary's in the consolation semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday.

"Bismarck played really aggressive. They played really tough, and they put together a great game plan," Newton said. "Kudos to them. They're well-coached, and I think they did a great job.

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"On our end, I felt like our youth came through off and on," Newton said. "We were inconsistent. We just need to do a better job at cleaning up our game and be more aggressive consistently. I'd say that was a big difference."

The Mustangs had to overcome a shaky start in which Bismarck jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Sheyenne quickly found its footing, and the Mustangs came roaring back. The Mustangs notched a 16-7 run, capped off by nine straight points, to take a narrow lead at 16-14.

Bismarck wouldn't stay down for long. The Demons went on a 9-4 run to regain the lead for good. A Kenadi Renner kill clinched the first set for Bismarck 25-22. Renner was a force on the court Thursday, delivering 17 kills and 14 digs.

Sheyenne got off to a fast start in the second set. The Mustangs grabbed a 6-3 lead on a trio of aces by Lydia Stevenson, who also led Sheyenne with a team-high 21 digs.

Both sides had impressive front-row play. Tied at 13, the Demons pulled away with a balanced effort. Bismarck had its foot on the gas and didn't let up as it closed out the second frame with ease on a Tayler Andersen kill. Three Bismarck players had 13 or more digs.

Bismarck opened the third and final frame with a relentless attack that gave them an 8-point lead. The Demons capitalized on Sheyenne errors to grab the 18-10 lead. The Mustangs went on a furious 8-0 rally, capped off by a Vivienne Heidt kill, to tie the set at 18. Sheyenne took the lead a point later for the first time since early in the second frame on a Bismarck attack error.

The Demons responded with three unanswered points of their own and successfully held off the Sheyenne comeback attempt.