BISMARCK — The Fargo Shanley volleyball team narrowly missed out on a state tournament berth a season ago. The Deacons were ready to make some noise in the Class A quarterfinals after last year’s absence. They didn’t disappoint.

Shanley returned in dominant fashion and rolled to a sweep (25-19, 25-16, 25-12) over Bismarck Legacy on Thursday at Bismarck Event Center.

“We're feeling great after that performance,” Shanley head coach Mark Quenette said. “Going into the second set we had a little momentum and just took it and ran with it. That third set was just Shanley volleyball right there.”

The Deacons had some first-game jitters to shake off after the one-year absence. But once they found their rhythm, there was no stopping them. Shanley’s three-set win completed a day of sweeps in the Class A volleyball state quarterfinals.

The Deacons, the No. 2 seed from the East, play Bismarck Century in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday. The No. 1 West seed Patriots are searching for their 11th straight state championship appearance. The third-seeded Sabers are set to face Fargo Davies in Friday's consolation semifinals at 7 p.m.

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“We're excited. We want to play Century, the best team in the state, according to the polls,” Quenette said. “We want to show them what we’ve got.”

Legacy jumped out to an early 12-6 lead in the opening set on kills from multiple players and a few errors by Shanley. The Deacons quickly overcame the slow start and went on a 15-3 run that gave them a 21-14 lead. The teams traded small scoring runs to close out the set, but Legacy couldn’t catch up to Shanley, which won the first set 25-19 on a Shayna Roach kill.

The second set saw both sides punch and counter-punch. Shanley gained control halfway through the frame and never looked back. The Deacons found holes in Legacy’s defense, and with their foot on the gas, the Deacons rode an 8-1 run to win the set 25-16.

“We started passing well,” Quenette said. “We played great defense. Getting down that far in the first and then coming back with our defense, really made a big difference.”

Shanley served tough with seven aces Thursday. Roach led the serving effort with three aces. Clara Robin and Paige McAllister finished with two apiece. The Deacons used a balanced attack to keep Legacy on its heels for the remainder of the match. Robin had a team-high 15 kills and nine digs. McAllister hammered home 14 kills to bolster the dominant offensive attack. Olivia Vetter spread the ball around for 42 assists. Shanley’s Hannah Hoedl led the back row with 16 digs.

The Deacons controlled the third set to complete the sweep. Shanley never gave Legacy a chance at a comeback attempt as it picked up a dominant 25-12 third-set win to close it out.