The third set of Thursday's volleyball match with Legacy is surely not something Century would want to incorporate in a season highlight video.

 It's what happened after that, however, that the Patriots found encouraging.

 Century bounced back from a disappointing third game to defeat Legacy 3-1 in a West Region match at the CHS Olson gym. Game scores were 26-24, 25-21, 16-25, 25-17.

 "I think we just got complacent and weren't sacrificing ourselves for every point like we should," Century setter Katelyn Selensky said in looking back at the third game.

 "We were talking a lot more (in the fourth game) and moving together a little more. And our trust with each other sparked again," added Selensky, a senior.

 Century head coach Jamie Zastoupil said Legacy was clearly the dominant team on the floor in the third game.

 "The third set we got a little complacent and allowed Legacy to control the whole set," Zastoupil said. "We said between sets 'somebody has got to step up and lead and we need to find some impact players.' ... And we did that. We controlled the pace of the last set all the way through, so that was a good ending for us."

 Century won a squeaker in the first game as senior hitter Bailee Otterness scored on a tip and a block to break a 24-24 tie.

 Legacy rallied from a 17-10 deficit to turn the second game into a dogfight. The Sabers trailed just 21-18 before senior hitter Megan Anderson took command for Century. Anderson's kills provided Century's final three points in a 25-21 set.

 The third game was another matter. A 7-1 burst put the Sabers ahead 12-7 and a subsequent 5-0 surge put Legacy in charge 19-12 en route to a convincing 25-16 verdict. Senior hitter Whitney Thomas led the Sabers in the third set with three kills and a block.

 It didn't take Century long to right the ship. The Patriots jumped away to a 9-2 lead in the fourth game and Legacy never got closer than three points the rest of the way. A pair of kills by Otterness closed out the set and match, 25-17.

 Legacy coach Jennifer Astle said the vast difference between the third and fourth games was partly a matter of focus.

 "We're still finding that confidence in ourselves. ... There were those minutes where it was 'oh, oh, oh, can we do this?,'" Astle said of her underclassman-dominated team.

  Astle pointed to three service errors that helped Century to a 12-7 lead in the fourth game as lapses of focus.

 "Don't get me wrong, Century is a good team, but we definitely didn't help ourselves with those unforced errors," she observed.

 "We went into the third set without much pressure and in the fourth set we put pressure on ourselves," Astle added. 

  Lauren Ware, Century's 6-foot-4 sophomore hitter, was spectacular in the final set, hammering seven kills and scoring on a block. She finished the night with 18 kills and 3.5 blocks.

 Otterness added nine kills and three blocks.

  Thomas tallied 17 kills and added 14 digs to lead Legacy. Becca Nitsch, a junior hitter, contributed 10 kills and six aces.

 Legacy, now 13-4 in the West Region and 24-11 overall, has one regular season match remaining. The Sabers play host to Dickinson on Tuesday.

 Century, 15-1 in the region and 27-8 overall, plays at Williston tonight and visits St. Mary's on Monday.

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