BISMARCK – Valle Catholic began the Class 1, District 4 district volleyball tournament as a clear favorite, and ended as dominant champion for the 20th time in program history.
Rachel Loida served seven aces among 13 points, and shared two blocks while distributing 14 assists on Tuesday night as the Lady Warriors rolled past Viburnum 25-6, 25-11.
Senior Lainey Bauman – part of three straight district titles and two final four appearances – matched Riley Siebert and Ella Bertram with four kills each in the victory.
Valle Catholic (22-10) utilized its roster depth after developing sizable leads in each game. Erin Mueller added three kills, and Bertram provided two blocks.
Brooke Viox and Taylor Zerwig paced the back row with seven digs apiece. Zerwig also notched three aces on 13 service points.
The Lady Warriors will face a significant spike in competition when challenging Advance for the third time this season in a rematch of last year’s Class 1 sectional showdown.
Bernie also qualified for playoff action within the southeastern quadrant, which will be hosted by the District 1 winner – either South Pemiscot or Holcomb.
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Valle Catholic 2, St. Paul 0
BISMARCK – Sam Loida produced 10 service points plus four digs, and Valle Catholic stopped No. 5 seed St. Paul Lutheran 25-3, 25-12 in an earlier semifinal contest.
Hailey Weibrecht post five kills to lead all players, and Hannah Drury added three for the Lady Warriors. Grace Eftink chipped in two blocks.
Mia Weiler brought up three digs while equaling Brooke Viox with eight points, and setter Rachel Loida dished out 19 assists.
Lainey Baumer and Olivia Meyer each finished with three kills in smaller attacking samples.
St. Paul (8-13) emerged from the first round by outing higher-seeded Valley.