Other than the remnants of a winter storm raging outside the Legacy High School gym on Thursday, it was business as usual for the Bismarck Century girls’ volleyball team.
The four-time defending state champion Patriot blew through the Sabers with all the fury of a storm, notching their 10th straight region win by a 3-0 score. The Patriots won 25-22, 25-18, 25-22 to improve to 10-1 in the region and 17-2 overall.
Ella Fridley had nine kills and five blocks. As a team, the Patriots had 16 blocks.
“Our blocks were huge tonight. It’s starting to come around. We’re still trying to find out who are middles are,” Century coach Jamie Zastoupil said. “Ella Fridley had quite a few blocks. Volleyball is a game of momentum and a block can shut down a team’s momentum.”
The Patriots also had seven aces, three by Delani Clarke.
“We played them early in the year and Legacy has improved,” Fridley said. “We knew we had to come here and get it done. Our blocking was really good tonight.”
The Sabers trailed 19-14 when Ashton Sagaser went to work. She had a kill and went to the service line where she served up three straight points to tit it 19-19. After the Patriots got the serve back, Sagaser had a kill from the back row to tie it again 20-20. That was the last time the game was tied.
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Century raced out to a big lead and coasted through must of the second set. That was until the Sabers mounted a comeback after trailed 21-8. Strong play at the net by Bella Ternes and Sierra Knoll brought Legacy back to within 23-17. Century called timeout to regain composure and put the game away.
“It really doesn’t matter who’s across the net from us, we’re all over the place,” Legacy coach Jennifer Astle said. “We’re a team that’s in and out. It’s almost like we’re so aware of it. We’re working on finding our way.”
Legacy took its biggest lead of the night at 7-3 in the third set. But Century came back and extended took the lead for good at 13-12 lead and held on down the stretch.
Century’s only region loss was a 3-2 setback to Bismarck High to open region play. Since that loss, it’s been all Century, including a 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 win at Century in the first meeting between the two teams.
Zastoupil said Century isn’t thinking about its 30-set winning streak. “We prepare for each game focusing on what we can control to play our best.”
Legacy got 11 kills from Mac Boone and 28 assists from Cam Beasley.