The Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich Cardinals completed a three-peat at the state volleyball tournament held in Minot this last weekend. It wasn’t the ideal three-peat, but winning third place three years in a row is still quite an accomplishment. The team defeated Kenmare in the opening round on Thursday, 3-0. With high hopes, they faced Oakes in the semifinals on Friday. The Oakes team dropped the first set to the Cards then defeated them in three straight sets for a 3-1 upset. This pushed the Lady Cards to the third place contest against Northern Cass. The Cards swept the Jaguars in three straight sets to win 3-0. In a short ceremony following the championship game, the State Class B all-tournament team was announced, and the Cardinals had two representatives on the honor team – Senior Madi Pritchard and Junior Callie Ronningen.
LA-E-M 3 Kenmare 0
Following regional play, the participating teams in the State Class B tourney were seeded into the tournament. The Cards had a 40-3 record going into tournament play, but they had dropped matches to two of the tournament teams. However, based on their success in winning the Valley City Optimist tournament and the Des Lacs-Burlington Laker Invitational tournament, the Lady Cardinals were seeded into the state tournament as the #1 team. Other seeded teams, in order, were Thompson, Northern Cass, Oakes, and Dickinson Trinity. The other three teams (Kenmare, Center-Stanton, and Our Redeemer’s of Minot) drew to oppose the top three seeds leaving Oakes and Dickinson Trinity playing each other.
In the first match for the Cardinals, they played fairly even with the Honkers from Kenmare in the early going. Kenmare led 8-7 a bit into the first set when the Cards got a side-out to tie it up, 8-8. With Lexi Olson serving 10 straight points for an 18-8 lead, the Honkers would not threaten the Cards again. The Cards won the set, 25-14. In addition to serving well, Olson had five digs and four service aces during her time on the backline. In the second set, the Cards were finding spots in the Kenmare defense. They hit an amazing .521 with only one error in the 23 attack attempts on their way to a 25-8 win. In the final set, Kenmare found some success and had the score tied at 11 in the set. The Langdon size and balance took over, and Morgan Freije’s match-point kill ended Kenmare’s hopes of playing in the evening round, 25-17.
Other opening-round matches had Thompson downing Center-Stanton, 3-0; Northern Cass topped Our Redeemer’s of Minot, 3-0; and, Oakes blanked Dickinson Trinity, 3-0.
LA-E-M 3; Kenmare 0
Langdon – Kills (35) Ronningen 14, Olson 8, Freije 7, Pritchard and Lowery 2 each, Bakke and Klindt 1 each; Blocks (3) Freije, Ronningen, and Lowery 1 each; Service Aces (12) Olson 4, Ronningen 3, Pritchard and Freije 2 each, Thielbar 1; Assists (34) Pritchard 30, Olson 3, Ronningen 1; Defensive Digs (41) Ronningen 10, Scherr 9, Pritchard 6, Olson 5, Bakke 4, Belle and Freije 3 each, Thielbar 1; Attack Percentage: .302; Unforced Errors = 27 (six missed serves)
Kenmare – Kills (10) Kostad and Jensen 3 each, Zimmer 2, Schoemer and St. Croix 1 each; Blocks (2) Schoemer and Jensen 1 each; Service Aces (11) Rodin; Assists (10) St. Croix 8, Rodin and Zimmer 1 each; Defensive Digs (42) Rodin 8, Bauer, Jensen and Schoemer 7 each, St. Croix 6, Kostad 5, Zimmer 2; Attack Percentage: -.102 Unforced Errors = 17 (four missed serves)
LA-E-M 1, Oakes 3
Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich had defeated the Tornadoes from Oakes in the semifinals of two tournaments – the Valley City Optimist and the Langdon Invitational. The Oakes team was not a strange opponent to the Cardinals. It is certain the Oakes team came into the state tournament match versus the Cards with some type of revenge on their minds. The first set of the match was all Cardinals as they managed fourteen kills and a stuff block compared to six kills by the Tornadoes. Callie Ronningen had a great first set with seven of those kills. The Cards limited Nicole Schmitz to one kill in the opener. The Oakes team evened the match in the second set by taking a 25-16 win. The Cards had led early in the second set, but Oakes tied the score at 8-8 then pulled away with Schmitz getting her game on with six second-set kills. Ronningen continued her great game with another seven kills and two stuff blocks in that second set. In the third set, the teams traded serves quite regularly with the score still tied at 12-12. Emily Cox then was able to serve three points to give Oakes a 15-12 lead. The Cards just couldn’t get any type of scoring attack going the remainder of the set as Oakes won the third set, 25-19. In the fourth set, the local girls had leads of 10-7 and 12-8 despite making a number of errors which allowed Oakes to stay within striking distance. In all, the Cards had 34 unforced errors in the match with 11 of them coming in the fourth and final set including three missed serves and three net violations. The last lead the Cards had was at 17-16. The Tornadoes then scored four points in a row to take a 20-17 lead. In the final portion of the set, Schmitz and Marisa Garza had six and five kills, respectively. Setter Sadie Hansen also dropped three hits into Cardinal territory for kills. The set and match ended with a final set score of 25-19. The Tornadoes would move on to the title match against Thompson while LA-E-M would take on Northern Cass for third place. This would be the third consecutive year that the Cards would play for third place.
Other Friday matches had Center-Stanton routing Our Redeemer’s, 3-0; Dickinson Trinity handling Kenmare, 3-0, in the consolation bracket; and Thompson edging Northern Cass, 3-1, in the other semifinal match.
LA-E-M 1, Oakes 3
LA-E-M – Kills (48) Ronningen 24, Olson 10, Freije 6, Pritchard and Lowery 3 each, Scherr and Bakke 1 each; Blocks (6) Freije 3, Olson 2, Ronningen 1; Service Aces (3) Ronningen, Olson, and Bakke 1 each; Assists (42) Pritchard 36, Scherr and Ronningen 2 each, Bakke and Lowery 1 each; Defensive Digs (92) Ronningen 28, Scherr 27, Olson and Pritchard 13 each; Bakke 6, Lowery 3, Belle 2; Attack Percentage – .191 Unforced Errors = 34 (seven missed serves)
Oakes – Kills (55) Schmitz 18, Garza 14, A. Cox 8, Novak, Seyer, and Hansen 5 each; Blocks (3) A. Cox 2, M. Garza 1; Service Aces (4) Wagner, A. Cox, Garza, and Seyer 1 each; Assists (52) Hansen 32, Wagner and E. Cox 3 each, Schmitz 2, A. Cox and Garza 1 each; Attack Percentage = .239 Unforced Errors = 24 (8 missed serves)
LA-E-M 3 Northern Cass 0
Prior to the state tournament match for third place, the Cardinals and the Jaguars from Northern Cass had split two meetings earlier in the season. The Jaguars won, 2-1, in the final match in their invitational tournament in late August while the Cards came out on top, 2-1, in the finals of the Valley City Optimist tourney. Playing for third place after disappointing losses in the semifinals can be a difficult task; the will to win and believing in winning your final match of the year usually determines the victor in such matches.
The Cardinals raced to an early 9-2 lead which resulted in a Northern Cass time-out. In the first set, the Cards were led by Callie Ronningen’s seven kills and twelve assists by Madi Pritchard. The 9-2 start was vital to the Cards controlling the play in the early stages, but Northern Cass began getting their game going in the latter portion of the set. They trailed 23-17 prior to a three-point charge led by the serving of Faith Aasen. LA-E-M, however, put the set away causing two Jaguar errors on the final two serves. The second set was much closer from the start as the Jaguars led briefly with their last lead being at 8-7. The Cards then took control of the net, and their power came through with 13 kills in the second set. The Cardinals’ unforced errors (12) kept the Cass County team in the running, but their strong hitting allowed them to win the set, 25-17. Early in the third set, the score was close just like the second set. The Cards got the lead at 9-8 and never trailed after that. Kaylee Lowery, not usually in the rotation to serve, had two service aces as the team closed out the match with a third set victory, 25-17, on the back of two Morgan Freije kills on the last two points. Langdon would end the season with a 42-4 overall record. Congratulations to Madi Pritchard and Callie Ronningen for being named to the all-tournament team. A picture of the entire team is included in this issue.
The tournament was won by the Thompson Tommies over Oakes, 3-2; fifth place went to Dickinson Trinity beating Center-Stanton, 3-1; and, seventh place had Our Redeemer’s getting by Kenmare, 3-0.
LA-E-M 3 Northern Cass 0
L-E-M – Kills (35) Ronningen 15, Olson 6, Lowery and Freije 5 each, Pritchard 4; Blocks (4) Olson and Ronningen 2 each; Service Aces (9) Ronningen 3, Olson and Lowery 2 each, Thielbar and Pritchard 1 each; B Assists (33) Pritchard 27, Olson and Ronningen 2 each, Scherr and Freije 1 each; Defensive Digs (53) Scherr 20, Olson 13, Bakke 7, Pritchard and Ronningen 4 each, Freije and Lowery 2 each, Thielbar 1; Attack Percentage = .215 Unforced Errors = 25 (seven missed serves)
Northern Cass – Kills (27) Nelson 8, Aasen ad Anderson 7 each, Ebertowski 5; Blocks (1) Hilde 1; Service Aces (4) Aasen 2, Ebertowski and Spiesz 1 each; Assists (26) Fix 18, Yoney 3, Spiesz 2, Nelson, Ebertowski, Spiesz 1 each; Defensive Digs (69) Spiesz 18, Nelson 13, Aasen 11, Yoney 9, Fix 8, Anderson 7, Ebertowski, Hilde, Danielson 1 each; Attack Percentage = .063 Unforced Errors = 29 (4 missed serves)