FARGO — Three schools from the Fargo area have earned spots in the Class A volleyball state tournament.
Fargo Davies, West Fargo Sheyenne, Fargo Shanley and Valley City all earned another week of volleyball after posting Eastern Dakota Conference tournament wins Saturday.
The opening round of the state tournament will be played Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Fargodome, where all the state tournament matches will be played. The second-seeded Mustangs, who fell to Davies in the region championship, face No. 3 West seed Bismarck High at 7 p.m.
Davies will enter the tournament as the No. 1 East seed and will play West fourth-seeded Mandan at 1 p.m. Third-seeded Shanley, which topped Red River, will play No. 2 West seed Jamestown at 3 p.m. No. 4 Valley City, which downed West Fargo, faces West No. 1 Bismarck Century at 5 p.m.
Fargo Davies 3, West Fargo Sheyenne 0
Carolyn Olson accomplished what not many coaches do in their first year with a new team. The longtime Grand Forks Red River coach came to Fargo Davies this year, elevating an already solid EDC program.
With Olson at the helm, Davies went unbeaten in conference play and clinched the East Region title with a 25-17, 25-20, 25-12 sweep over Sheyenne. The Eagles (30-1) enter the state tournament riding a 26-match winning streak.
Davies' Madi Langlie and Kenzee Langlie were named the Class A East Region senior athletes of the year. Olson was also named the Class A East Region coach of the year. Kenzee had 37 assists in the match and Madi led the defense with 26 digs. Ava Wild totaled 14 kills to lead the attack.
Senior outside hitter and setter McKenzie Newton distributed 22 assists and six digs for Sheyenne (23-5). Jadyn Feist tallied nine kills and 13 digs.
The first set was back-and-forth early on, but the Eagles eventually pulled away. Davies used an eight-point run to secure the competitive second set. Davies rode that wave for the rest of the match, as the Eagles soared to a 13-point victory in the third.
The Mustangs enter the state tournament hungry to build on last year's record appearance. Sheyenne made it to state for the first time in school history, and earned a fifth-place finish.
The Mustangs face Bismarck High, which they defeated 2-1 earlier this year, in the opening round Thursday.
Valley City 3, West Fargo 2
With a berth to the state tournament at hand, the Packers and Hi-Liners played to a nail-biting five sets in a state play-in match Saturday. Valley City came out on top with a 15-25, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, 15-12 win.
After losing the first set by 10, Valley City (17-11) captain Macy Olstad led the momentum-shifting rally in the second frame, tallying seven kills and an ace.
Halle Erickson put up three straight points right off the bat to swing the momentum back to the Packers, which would hold throughout the set. Erickson finished with 10 kills in the match. Erin Binstock led the Packers with 18 kills.
The Packers gained an early five-point lead in the second set, but didn't hold it for long. Valley City stormed back and eventually got the set victory to pull even.
West Fargo again regained control to put Valley City on the brink of elimination.
Trailing 2-1 in the match with their backs against the rope, the Hi-Liners used a hot start in the fourth set and a pair of Cali Halgrimson kills in the fifth to help secure the comeback victory and a spot in the state tournament.
The Packers and Hi-Liners saw each other twice in the regular season, both splitting a win and loss.
West Fargo finishes its season at 23-11. The Packers, who finished fourth at state last year, won't advance to the state tournament for the first time since the 2014 season.
Fargo Shanley 3, Grand Forks Red River 0
The Deacons downed Red River 25-15, 25-17, 26-24 in a state play-in sweep.