The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cards played a great tournament on Saturday, August 25, and finished second in the Northern Cass Invitational.
By DENNIS THRONDSET
Republican Sports Writer
The girls won their preliminary pool, going 3-0 in the matches. In the eight-team tournament play, they won their first two contests then faced eventual-champion Northern Cass in the championship. The Jaguars won the first set. The Cards had big leads of 18-7 and 23-15 then fell to the Northern Cass comeback and were beaten 2-1 in the match. A contributing factor in the outcome of the title match was an injury to Calyn Crockett late in the second set. Crockett was the #2 player in kills on the day, and her absence in crunch time was vital.
Most tournaments in volleyball during the regular season begin with pool play to determine the best teams for the tournament at the end of the day. The teams are split into equal groups; this tournament had 20 teams and was divided into five pools of four teams each. L-E-M won all four of its pool matches and was highly seeded in the tournament play. Teams in the Cards’ pool were Linton-HMB, Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page, and Benson County. L-E-M had 2-0 wins over all of the pool teams. In the Black Bracket of the tournament were the #1 seed Langdon-Edmore-Munich, #4 seed Fargo Oak Grove, #5 seed Kindred, and #8 seed Wyndmere-Lidgerwood. The Gold Bracket had the #2 seed Northern Cass, #3 seed LaMoure-Litchville/Marion, #6 seed Richland, and #7 seed Linton-HMB. The Cardinals downed Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, 2-0; Fargo Oak Grove, 2-0; and then lost to Northern Cass in the title match. The Cardinals came out of their first action of the year with a 5-1 record.
Other teams in the tournament, besides those already mentioned, were Milnor-North Sargent, Cavalier, Hillsboro-Central Valley, South Border, Hatton-Northwood, North Border, Griggs County Central, West Fargo JV, Grafton, and Larimore.
Coach Rich Olson, commenting on the day’s play, said, “Overall, we played well at Northern Cass. We set the tone for what we are capable of for the rest of the season.”
He pointed out the play of three players in particular. Olson stated, “Callie Ronningen had an incredible tournament, unofficially breaking three program hitting records in the process. Calyn Crockett had an outstanding tournament in both rows, was second on the team in kills, and tied for our lead in aces and digs. Madi Pritchard had a successful first tournament as our varsity setter. Madi was a playmaker at the net and had some outstanding defensive saves throughout the tournament that turned into points for our team.”
The summary for the statistics in the tournament (six matches) are as follows: listing only the top three in each category.
Kills – Callie Ronningen – 89, Calyn Crockett – 34, Morgan Freije – 30; Blocks – Callie Ronningen – 11, Lexis Olson – 8, Kaylee Lowery – 4; Service Aces – Lexis Olson and Calyn Crockett – 13, Callie Ronningen – 11, Madi Pritchard – 10; Assists – Madi Pritchard – 161, Kaylee Lowery – 15, Calyn Crockett – 12; Defensive Digs – Calyn Crockett – 54, Lexis Olson – 51, Callie Ronningen – 49. Team Serve-Receive Percentage = 91.8%