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BSC sweeps Miles, sets up title tilt showdown against NDSCS
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BSC sweeps Miles, sets up title tilt showdown against NDSCS

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BSC and NDSCS will meet in a rubber match for all the marbles today.

The Mystics rolled to a 25-20, 25-16, 25-13 sweep of Miles Community College on Saturday in semifinal action of the Region XIII volleyball tournament at the armory. Earlier, the Wildcats took down Dakota Community Tech, 3-0.

The title game winner will host the Northwest Plains District Championship on Friday and Saturday in a best two-out-of-three series.

Earlier in the season, North Dakota State College of Science (25-7) won 3-0 over BSC in Wahpeton, while the Mystics rolled to a 3-0 sweep late last month in Bismarck.

"It's going to be two good teams going at it," BSC head coach Jeni Walsh said. "For us, we need to play with a lot of energy and be able to keep our nerves in check."

X- and o-wise, BSC is banking on its trademark strong ball control.

"Miles is a good team, so we had to come prepared for a fight," Walsh said. "I felt like our serve, serve-receive game once again kept us in the match and ended up kind of being the difference for us. Playing well in those two areas will be really important on Sunday."

The Mystics, who improved to 26-7 on the season, also got strong play at the net. Freshman Masy Kuntz of Dickinson put up 3.5 blocks, while Flasher's Emma Marion had three.

"(The blocks) were a nice bonus today," Walsh said. "We were able to get a lot of touches on the ball and slow them down, and mix in a few stuff blocks."

Offensively, Megan Anderson led a balanced BSC attack. The lefty from Bismarck connected for 13 kills.

"Megan is seeing the court very well. I think she's comfortable with the rotation and so the better she plays, the better our team does," Walsh said.

Becca Nitsch had 10 kills and turned up 15 digs for a double-double. Alie Glasser led in 19 digs and and aces (2). Emma Fricke (18) and Mady Mosolf (17) teamed for 35 assists. The Mystics have won 10 straight matches, surrendering just six games in that stretch.

"I think we're feeling good about where we're at," Walsh said. "The girls have been playing so well. Hopefully we can carry that over for one more match."

Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or david.selvig@bismarcktribune.com

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