Heading into the West Region volleyball tournament, St. Mary's knew that to qualify for state, it had to finish close games.
The Saints did that right away, beating Legacy in five sets and eventually topping Dickinson to earn the third seed from the west for the state tournament. Coming out with a win in those close games is something the Saints have worked on all year.
"We've had sets that were 25-22, 25-21, really close sets and we never could get over that hump of closing those sets out," said Saints' head coach Kyle Kuether. "I think getting over Legacy really kind of gave us that drive that we wanted to continue to play and continue to win and close out each set like that."
The Saints will face Fargo Davies in the first round of state, the team they played in the very first game of the year.
"We've made changes in our lineup and I think that made a difference to just get new people in and make that spark," said senior setter Alyssa Beck.
"We're getting prepared for some big blocks because we know the East is very tall and we don't have height on our side," said senior libero Regan Bradley. "We're going to work on having smart placements and keeping the ball off the ground and having great defense."
The Saints and Eagles play in the last game on Thursday at 8 p.m. CST in Minot. Legacy takes on defending state champion Fargo Shanley in the first match of the day, followed by Bismarck High and Grand Forks Red River. Century is the top team from the west and the Patriots take on West Fargo at 6 p.m.