FARGO -- Macy Jordheim had a quiet first four sets on Friday. But she was loud at the finish.
The Thompson High School sophomore dominated at the net in the final set. She sparked the Tommies to a 3-2 win against Langdon-Edmore-Munich in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B state volleyball tournament at the Fargodome.
Thompson won 25-22, 16-25, 25-18, 17-25, 15-9 to advance into today's 5 p.m. championship match.
Jordheim had a total of two kills and one block in the first four sets. In the decisive tiebreaker, she accounted for almost half the Tommies points with six kills and a block.
"They had momentum,'' Jordheim said. "I guess leadership took over. Our setter kept giving me the ball. When you get on that roller-coaster high, that helped.''
Jordheim opened the fifth set with a kill. She had four kills and a block in a decisive 8-1 run that gave the Tommies a 13-5 advantage. And it was Jordheim with a kill for point 14, followed by Allison Ness with a kill for the match.
"Macy just fired up,'' Tommies coach Lisa Strand said. "That's the way she's been all year -- all of a sudden she'll explode. She took control. It was like, 'Feed me.' She enjoys that challenge.''
The Cardinals went into the final set coming off a 13-7 run to close the fourth set.
"They definitely had momentum,'' Strand said. "But it becomes a race to 15 and we found a way. We always feel that if you get a kill for that first point in a fifth set, you take control.''
While the match went to five sets, the first was a key. Langdon-E-M held a 20-11 lead, only to see Thompson close on a 14-2 run for the win. That included an 8-0 spurt served by Carrie Nistler to take a 23-21 lead.
"That first set was huge,'' Cardinals coach Rich Olson said. "(Nistler) went on that serving run; that hardly ever happens to us. You go up 20-11, you have to finish. We couldn't. And Thompson did a great job defensively.''
Nistler has been an effective server. "Carrie has a floater that drops suddenly. It is so hard to read,'' Strand said.
Taylor Zak had a dominant match for the Tommies with 12 kills, 25 digs and 4.5 blocks. Izzy Shirek added 11 kills and setters Jordyn Bohlman (24 assists, 10 digs) and Kaia Sorby (19 assists, 14 digs) each had a double double.
Langdon-E-M had a trio of players with double doubles, Rachel Hill (44 assists, 14 digs), Jordyn Worley (13 kills, 19 digs) and Callie Ronningen (14 kills, 13 digs). Ronningen played despite suffering an ankle injury.
"It made it tough,'' Olson said. "Callie sprained an ankle in the first set. She played the rest of the way on the bad ankle. She battled through it. But she couldn't elevate like she usually does. And she's our hitting leader.''
Thompson takes a 34-6 record into the championship match. Langdon-E-M dropped to 40-4.
LLM 3, Our Redeemer’s 1
FARGO -- All season long, while losing just one match, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion’s volleyball team made a habit of not looking too far ahead.
“We've focused on one match at a time,” senior hitter Anna Holen said. “Any team can pull an upset.”
Now the Loboes face their biggest match of the season. They'll attempt to become the first team in the state to win three consecutive Class B state volleyball championships when they meet Thompson in the state tournament final at 5 p.m. today at the Fargodome.
LaMoure-L-M advanced with a 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19 semifinal win Friday, Nov. 17 against Minot Our Redeemer's. It marked the third straight season L-L-M eliminated the Knights, beating them in the semifinals two seasons ago and the state championship last season.
“I can't believe we made it back to the championship,” Holen said. “Now it's every point at a time.”
Our Redeemer's gave LaMoure-L-M a scare, winning the first set and taking a 22-18 lead in the second. But the Loboes closed the second on a 7-0 run with Holen getting two kills and sharing a block in the spurt.
“I think in set two when we came back, they (players) felt better about our play. . . ..They felt ready at that point,” L-M-M coach Laurie Good said.
Said Holen: “We knew they had a good team. We lacked intensity (in the first set). That was definitely a slap in the face for us. We saw we had to start bringing it.”
Holen, who has more than 2,800 kills in her five seasons as a starter, led the way. She had 26 kills and 37 digs. “She's kind of the go-to girl,” Good said, smiling.
Our Redeemer's stayed close throughout the match. The Knights were within 22-20 in the third set and 22-19 in the fourth.
In the first set, “we played lights-out defense,” Knights coach Kara Nunziato said.
“I don't know if anything went wrong (after that). LaMoure just ran a more consistent offense tonight. And our team played lights-out defense.”
Ellie Holen added 12 kills and 19 digs for the Loboes, while Jackie Meiklejohn had 44 assists to go with 20 digs.
Our Redeemer's, which dropped to 37-8, was led by Karlee Zablotney's triple double of 21 digs, 13 assists and 10 kills. Ryleigh Popinga (12 kills, 34 digs) and Eden Olson (16 assists, 12 digs) also had double doubles.
Our Redeemer's plays Langdon-Edmore-Munich in the third-place match at 3 p.m.