November 12, 2014

Wolves power their way to District 15 volleyball title

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

If Watford City’s play at the District 15 Volleyball Tournament is any indication, the Wolves may be peaking at just the right time, and could be headed to the State Volleyball Tournament.
The Wolves, who received a first round bye at the District 15 Tournament, defeated Parshall in three quick games to advance to the championship match against the Trenton Tigers, the No. 1-seeded team.
And with a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Thursday night, Watford City claimed the District 15 title and became the No. 1-seeded team from the district heading into the Region 8 Tournament.
But before fans start making plans for State, the Wolves have to win the Region 8 Tournament, which got underway on Monday at the New Town High School.
“We played some of our best volleyball as a team at the District Tournament,” states Brad Foss, Wolves’ head coach. “And if we are going to continue winning, we have to play as a team.”
And heading into the Region 8 Tournament, Foss likes Watford City’s chances of being able to make it to State.
“The Region 8 Tournament is going to be wide open,” states Foss. “It will be very well-balanced, with the team that plays the best three games going to State. I like our chances of being that team.”
District 15 Tournament Semifinals
Watford City 3, Parshall 0

Watford City held Parshall to single-digit scoring in three games as the Wolves cruised to a 3-0 win over the Braves in semifinal action of the District 15 Tournament on Tuesday.
“Beating Parshall in our first action of the tournament was a great start for us,” stated Foss. “And then holding them to single-digit scoring was the frosting on the cake.”
The Wolves took the first game against the Braves, 25-7, and then completed the quick sweep of Parshall winning the final two games by scores of 25-9 and 25-9.
Alli Mogen led the Wolves with seven kills, while Kara Langerud and Lea Arndt had six service aces each and Tarynn Jacobson had 10 assists. Defensively, Bailee Garmann had five digs and Emily Segneri had one block.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Kills: Alli Mogen, 7; Lea Arndt, 5; Ricki Lindley, 4; Emily Segneri, 4.
Assists: Tarynn Jacobson, 10; Alli Mogen, 5.
Digs: Bailee Garmann, 5; Kara Langerud, 4; Jacobson, 4.
Blocks: Segneri, 1.
Aces: Langerud, 6; Arndt, 6; Lindley, 4.
District 15 Tournament Championship
Watford City 3, Trenton 2

In a battle between the top two teams in District 15, the Watford City Wolves, the No. 2-seeded team, upended the Trenton Tigers, the No. 1-seeded team, 3-2, to win the district championship crown.
As is to be expected when two top teams go head-to-head, the championship match on Thursday night lived up to its billing.
The Tigers took the first hard-fought game, 26-24, with the Wolves coming back to take the second and third games by scores of 25-20 and 25-17. Trenton took the fourth game, 25-19, which set up the final and deciding fifth game.
“Our game against Trenton really boiled down to a war of wills,” states Foss. “It was a fantastic, intense game against a very tough team. And in the end, we came out on top.”
In the fifth and deciding game, the Wolves had their chance to put the game away early, but the Tigers were able to battle back to deadlock the score at 13-13, before Watford City was able to score the final two points to emerge as the district champions with a 15-13 win.
Watford City had 34 kills and nine service aces in the win. Ricki Lindley led the Wolves with 14 kills and five service aces, while Tarynn Jacobson had 17 assists.
Defensively, Bailee Garmann and Kara Langerud had 16 digs each, while Lindley had four blocks.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Kills: Ricki Lindley, 14; Emily Segneri, 13; Kara Langerud, 7.
Assists: Tarynn Jacobson, 17; Alli Mogen, 10.
Digs: Bailey Garmann, 16; Kara Langerud, 16; Jacobson, 14.
Blocks: Lindley, 4; Segneri, 2.
Aces: Lindley, 5; Mogen, 2; Arndt, 1; Garmann, 1.