Sports briefs

Knights roll in volleyball opener

VELVA – The Our Redeemer’s Christian School volleyball team swept Velva 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 to open its season Tuesday.

Knights freshman Morgan Olson led the way with 11 assists, eight kills, nine digs and four aces. Classmate MaKayla Gartner also had eight kills and sophomore Samiah Grigsby tallied a team-high five aces.

“They came out ready to play tonight,” first-year ORCS coach Kara Nunziato said. “They really served and passed extremely well. Velva is an extremely scrappy team. We had to work for everything we had, but overall it was a fun match. A great way to start the season.”

Cassidy Peterson had six kills and Morgan Bright posted 10 assists to pace Velva.

The Knights travel to Hazen for a tournament beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians fall short to Bismarck

BISMARCK – The Minot High School boys soccer team allowed two first-half goals and was unable to come back, falling to Bismarck High 2-1 on Tuesday.

Bismarck’s Willie Ulness put the Demons on the scoreboard first with a goal in the 16th minute. Hunter Johnson scored in the 38th minute to give Bismarck a two-goal lead at halftime.

“We definitely dug ourselves a hole,” MHS coach Cody Saunders said. “We came out a little flat. But both shots they had were phenomenal. I don’t think anyone could save them.”

Senior Jacob Schmidt cut Bismarck’s lead in half in the 49th minute, but the Magicians (1-3-1 overall, 0-2-1 West Region) couldn’t get the equalizer past goalkeeper Michael Matzke.

MHS travel to Jamestown at 7 p.m. Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Century sweeps MHS in volleyball

BISMARCK – The defending state champion Century High School volleyball team cruised past Minot with a 25-15, 25-9, 28-26 victory Tuesday night.

MHS coach Ellen Jebens said the Majettes (3-4) started sluggishly but improved their movement at the net in game three.

“That third game was a win for us,” Jebens said. “That showed that we can play with anybody in the region when we play well.”

Minot senior Ashley Gathman finished with five digs, five assists and two kills. Seniors Krista Jackson and Jayden Moum tallied six digs apiece for Minot, which hosts Mandan on Tuesday.

– Daily News Staff