The North Dakota District 16 Volleyball Tournament concludes tonight with two region qualifying matches and the championship game, here is a preview of what you can expect to see:
Stanley (4) vs. Burke County (7) (Region Qualifier Match) (4pm):
The Blue Jays looked strong in their first round match against the Divide County Maroons, their passing was crisp and the Blue Jays were able to control the match against the #5 seed. Things didn’t go quite as smoothly in the semifinals against Kenmare, but a lot of that can be attributed to the talent and athleticism of the Honkers. The Blue Jays should find the sledding to be a bit less treacherous against the Titans tonight, a team that the Blue Jays handled 3-0 in their only regular season meeting. Abby Iverson had 9 kills in the semifinal match against Kenmare, she should be able to tee-off against the Titans.
Ray (2) vs. Divide County (5) (Region Qualifier Match) (5:15pm):
The Divide County maroons have only played one match in the District 16 tournament (3-0 loss to Stanley), the Maroons received a bye in the last round because there are only 7 teams in the district. Ray cruised easily in their first round match against Burke County and then the Jays played a thrilling match against Powers Lake in semi-finals. The Jays ultimately lost in 3 sets, but all of the sets were very competitive throughout. Ray senior Marissa Veach has had a strong tournament so far, Veach had 9 kills against Powers Lake in the semifinals.
The Ray Jays won both of their regular season matches against the Maroons (3-0, 2-0).
Kenmare (1) vs. Powers Lake (3) (Championship Game) (7:30pm):
The Kenmare Honkers received a first round bye and then cruised in their semi-final match against Stanley, behind an impressive performance from Mckayla Neubauer and company. The Ranchers have looked impressive in the Tournament thus far as well. They feature a variety of powerful hitters (Hove, Titus, and Honrud) and excellent setter in Maruskie. The Ranchers will be a very difficult out and It is well within the realm of possibility that they take home the championship tonight.
The Honkers won both of the regular season meetings against the Ranchers (2-1, 3-2)
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