Majettes fall in three to Bismarck Legacy

Tuesday night’s Class A West Region volleyball contest with the Bismarck Legacy Sabers figured to be a good measuring stick for the Minot High Majettes.

And while the Sabers cruised to a three-game sweep of the Majettes, winning 25-11, 25-23 and 25-16, Minot High coach Sherry Carlson was pleased with what she saw from her team.

“They are a pretty solid team,” she said. “They are No. 2 in the West for a reason. It makes you play to a whole new level, which is what I wanted to see.”

While the Sabers rolled to a 25-11 win in the opening game, the Majettes stood toe-to-toe with Legacy in the second game losing 25-23.

But Minot held a 23-22 lead late in the match before the Sabers scored the final three points of the game.

Minot build a three-point lead at 19-16 in the match behind a pair of kills from junior Kali Askvig and an ace from senior Liz Lucy.

“Our offensive effort was great in that second game,” the Minot High coach said. “It would have been sweet if we could have won it, but I was pleased with how they played.”

Legacy appeared to let up in the second set.

“We made a lot of errors in that second game,” Legacy coach Jennifer Astle said. “Once we cleaned those up, we played a cleaner game.”

Carlson says Legacy’s experience in tough matches was the difference in the second game.

“They have been in a lot of tough matches,” Carlson said. “They know how to close out matches.”

In the third game, Legacy built an early 7-4 lead. Minot pulled to within one at 8-7 before the Sabers used a 10-2 run to pull away for the win.

Junior Whitney Thomas paced Legacy with 12 kills and 11 digs, while senior Sydney Murphy had 23 assists, 10 digs, seven kills and four aces.

“We came out and played a pretty complete match,” the Legacy coach said.

Askvig and junior Elise Klein each finished with six kills for Minot, while Lucy added five.

Junior Brooke Nelson added 10 assists in the loss for the Majettes, while Hailee Salander added 13 digs.

Minot will host Jamestown on Saturday and will close out the regular-season and Tuesday with a match against Turtle Mountain Community High School.

Mark Jones covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MarkJones27_MDN.

Majettes fall in three to Bismarck Legacy

Tuesday night’s Class A West Region volleyball contest with the Bismarck Legacy Sabers figured to be a good measuring stick for the Minot High Majettes.

And while the Sabers cruised to a three-game sweep of the Majettes, winning 25-11, 25-23 and 25-16, Minot High coach Sherry Carlson was pleased with what she saw from her team.

“They are a pretty solid team,” she said. “They are No. 2 in the West for a reason. It makes you play to a whole new level, which is what I wanted to see.”

While the Sabers rolled to a 25-11 win in the opening game, the Majettes stood toe-to-toe with Legacy in the second game losing 25-23.

But Minot held a 23-22 lead late in the match before the Sabers scored the final three points of the game.

Minot build a three-point lead at 19-16 in the match behind a pair of kills from junior Kali Askvig and an ace from senior Liz Lucy.

“Our offensive effort was great in that second game,” the Minot High coach said. “It would have been sweet if we could have won it, but I was pleased with how they played.”

Legacy appeared to let up in the second set.

“We made a lot of errors in that second game,” Legacy coach Jennifer Astle said. “Once we cleaned those up, we played a cleaner game.”

Carlson says Legacy’s experience in tough matches was the difference in the second game.

“They have been in a lot of tough matches,” Carlson said. “They know how to close out matches.”

In the third game, Legacy built an early 7-4 lead. Minot pulled to within one at 8-7 before the Sabers used a 10-2 run to pull away for the win.

Junior Whitney Thomas paced Legacy with 12 kills and 11 digs, while senior Sydney Murphy had 23 assists, 10 digs, seven kills and four aces.

“We came out and played a pretty complete match,” the Legacy coach said.

Askvig and junior Elise Klein each finished with six kills for Minot, while Lucy added five.

Junior Brooke Nelson added 10 assists in the loss for the Majettes, while Hailee Salander added 13 digs.

Minot will host Jamestown on Saturday and will close out the regular-season and Tuesday with a match against Turtle Mountain Community High School.

Mark Jones covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @MarkJones27_MDN.