Young talent highlights Majettes Swim & Dive season opening meet

WILLISTON — Winning two events and showing great depth, the Minot High girls swimming and diving team took second place at the Williston Invitational Saturday at the Williston Area Rec Center.

Century won the meet with 644 points followed by Minot High (588), Williston (335), Dickinson (259), Bismarck Legacy (253) and Bismarck High (163).

“We had some great swims today,” Majettes head coach Emily Jensen said. “I was pleasantly surprised with a few of our younger swimmers. We had a couple kids swimming events that we wouldn’t consider their best events and they really did well.”

To open the meet, Minot High took second in the 200-yard medley relay with a total time of 1:55.41. The relay was comprised of Iris Jessen, Rylie Webb, Emily Brugman and Payton Luzardo.

Five Majettes placed in the top 10 for the 200-yard freestyle. Elise Attinger took fourth with a 2:09.84 followed by Allie Elliott with 2:10.70 in fifth, Sarah Meier in seventh with a 2:13.71, Ashley Chabot with 2:13.97 in eighth and Becca Bonn in 10th with a 2:15.30.

“Our first 200 freestylers started the meet off strong and each event after we just kept seeing little surprises here and there,” Jensen said. “Our kids stepped up and raced well today.”

Minot’s Hannah Zaderaka placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a 24.90 followed by Luzardo in third with 25.67.

Adisynn Widdel finished first in the 1-meter dive with a total of 210.45 points. Fellow senior Olivia Schoffstall finished third with 191.05.

Rylie Webb finished second in both of her individual events. She finished with a 1:01.42 in butterfly and a 1:09.49 in breaststroke.

Zaderaka, Luzardo and Brooklyn Filler finished third, fourth and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, followed by Elliott in seventh.

Minot’s 200-yard freestyle relay took second with a total time of 1:44.52.

Jordn Wolsky took second in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing with a 1:03.97. Jessen finished in third with a 1:07.98.

To finish off the meet, Minot High’s 400-yard freestyle relay took first with a total time of 3:49.30. The relay was comprised of Zaderaka, Brugman, Wolsky and Webb.

“We all need a starting point, now we know where a few of our challenges will be and where some potential is,” Jensen said about the meet.

The Majettes jump back into the pull Thursday, Aug. 30, for their first home meet of the season. They will be taking on Bismarck Legacy at 5 p.m. at Magic City Campus.

MSU’s Spuller explodes for record day in Minneapolis

MOORHEAD, Minn. — In the face of adversity, junior outside hitter Shelby Spuller bounced back.

Spuller and the Beavers didn’t start Saturday’s double header in Moorhead, Minn., the way they’d hoped, falling to Montana State Billings, 3-1.

After dropping the first set, 25-22, the Yellowjackets claimed control and never looked back, winning the following three sets for the victory. Spuller failed to get into a rhythm the whole match, finishing with nine kills and a game-high 6 errors in the loss.

But with the second match of the day against South Dakota School of Mines quickly approaching, the 5-foot-11 outside hitter shook it off and got ready for another opportunity.

Spuller was on the attack from the first serve, punishing a Hardrockers defense that seemed to have no answer. Spuller and the Beavers put on a show, claiming the first two sets, 25-21 and 25-23.

After dropping the third set, Minot State sealed the victory with a dominant 25-18 win the fourth set. Spuller finished the match with a monstrous stat line of 31 kills, breaking the Minot State NCAA DII record.

Spuller and the Beavers (2-2) hope to build on their momentum as they now shift their focus to the Rosella Meier Classic in Kearney, Nebraska. The trip consists of four matches in two days, beginning Friday with a showdown against Newman University at 10 a.m.

Majettes volleyball ends BPS Invitational on high note

BISMARCK — In a two-day marathon that tested their endurance, team chemistry and will to win, the Majettes emerged with something to build on.

After losing a number of seniors from the past year, Minot High entered the season-opening BPS Invitational at Bismarck High School on Friday intent on seeing where they stood amongst their competitors. In a span of just 48 hours, the Majettes were set to play a total of seven matches.

The players’ lack of familiarity with their new roles showed on the opening day as Minot High got swept at the hands of Fargo Davies, 3-0. The next two matches weren’t much better as the Majettes fell to Fargo North, 2-1, and Valley City, 2-1.

“(Friday) was a tough first day,” head coach Sherry Carlson said. “(We) took a set from (Fargo) North and Valley City, but we’re trying to get confident in our new positions which will only take time. I truly believe everyone is where they need to be even though everyone on the floor is in a new position.”

Undeterred, Minot High came back on Saturday with something to prove in the fourth match, edging out Fargo South with a 2-1 victory. The Majettes fed off that momentum, winning both of their next two matches against Red River and Devils Lake by a score of 2-1 as well.

With the final game of the invitational in their sights, the Majettes finished with a bang, crushing Wahpeton, 3-0.

Senior outside hitter Sydney Beck finished the seven-game stretch with a team high 58 kills thanks in no small part to senior setter Hailey Epse who finished with 64 assists.

“(Saturday), we were smoother, got the offensive side going and pushed our defense,” Carlson said. “We had some big wins and finished strong going 4-0.”

Those four wins will serve as a strong building block for a Minot High team that must now prepare for a home matchup against Williston on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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