By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
BISMARCK – Northern Cass is back atop the ranks of Class B volleyball in North Dakota.
The Jaguars defeated Linton/HMB 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10) in the championship match of the 2022 NDHSAA Class B Volleyball State Tournament on Saturday, November 19 at the Bismarck Event Center.
The state championship is the Jaguars second in program history with the other state title coming in 2013.
The 2022 state title match was a rematch of the 2021 final, which Linton/HMB had won in a sweep to win its second consecutive state championship.
The Lions bid for a three peat was thwarted thanks to a comeback from the Jaguars, who were down 2-1 in sets after losing all the momentum from a 25-16 win in the opening set.
First, Northern Cass evened up the match winning the fourth set to force a fifth set that the Jaguars would ultimately win.
Northern Cass junior middle hitter Josie Jensen continued her strong state tournament play in the title match posting 20 kills and 10 blocks. Jensen would finish the state tournament with 41 kills and 32 blocks. Senior outside hitter Halle Crockett added 10 kills for the Jaguars.
Senior middle hitter ShayLee Bosch led the Lions with 26 kills.
Northern Cass finished the season 39-1. Linton/HMB finished 38-2 with both losses coming against the Jaguars. Northern Cass had defeated Linton/HMB at the Northern Cass Tournament in late August.
Northern Cass 3, Linton/HMB 2 (25-16, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-10)
Thompson 3, Kenmare/Bowbells 1 (25-11, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22)
New Rockford-Sheyenne 3, Our Redeemer’s 2 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 18-25, 16-14)
Dickinson Trinity 3, Garrison 0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-16)
*** Voted on by Members of the North Dakota Coaches Association
ShayLee Bosch, Linton/HMB
Gracie Schumacher, Linton/HMB
Paige Hulm, Linton/HMB
Halle Crockett, Northern Cass
Josie Jensen, Northern Cass
Noelle Erickson, Northern Cass
Summer Hegg, Thompson
Jordan West, Thompson
Clara Stevens, Thompson
Kate Zimmer, Kenmare
Brenna Stroklund, Kenmare
Kelsie Belquist, New Rockford-Sheyenne
Ava Jahner, Dickinson Trinity
Maya Vibeto, Our Redeemer’s
Karli Klein, Garrison