Century sweeps Davies
It was getting late.
Due to a power outage, Century’s Class A state quarterfinal match Thursday at the Minot State University Dome didn’t start until after 9:30 p.m.
Patriots sophomore Katie Scherr ensured her team would get to bed at a reasonable hour.
With the third set knotted at 21, the 5-foot-11 outside hitter pounded four consecutive kills to close out Century’s 25-10, 25-16, 25-21 victory over Fargo Davies.
“I knew that we could pull through because we’ve been working so hard these last couple weeks for state and preparing for that,” said Scherr, who recorded 12 kills and 12 digs.
The West Region No. 3 seed Patriots (30-7) advance to tonight’s 8 p.m. state semifinal, where they will match up against St. Mary’s for the fourth time this season. Davies (24-9) will play a consolation game against Fargo South at 2 p.m.
Century co-coach Sara Bohrer said there was more of a sense of belief that the Patriots would close out the sweep, rather than a sense of urgency that it needed to.
“They really rose to the occasion,” she said. “They’ve been playing really well together these past two days, so we just told them to find that feeling of playing together and get the job done.”
The win was reminiscent of last year, when Century began its state championship run with a quarterfinal sweep of Davies.
But instead of the big picture, Bohrer said the team is simply focused on its next opponent.
“When you get to the state tournament at any point, everybody goes kind of back to 0-0,” she said, “so you got to beat everybody to be where you want to be.
“So I think our girls are thinking at this point of what they have to do tomorrow to beat St. Mary’s.”
In the first two sets, the Patriots breezed, taking commanding leads early on and extending those buffers with ease.
Junior outside hitter Jordyn Jossart led Century with a match-high 16 kills and 10 digs. Elise Bauman posted 20 digs and senior setter Shay Bense racked up the most assists in the Class A tournament so far with 46.
Senior setter Katelyn Olson was Davies’ only player with a double-figure statistic. She tallied 20 assists.
Bohrer said she’s pleased with the way her team opened the tournament. And now they can get a good night’s rest.
“I think we just brought a lot of momentum and energy to the court,” Bohrer said. “Our girls are super excited to play and they just showed that.”
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