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Century Patriots Volleyball continues to roll

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 1:34 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The volleyball season is following a familiar pattern so far, in that Century is playing better than anyone else in the state.

The Patriots are the only undefeated team in Class A right now.

Success on the volleyball court and the Century Patriots go hand in hand. Century has played in the last 10 state championship matches winning five of the last six.

“I think for sure our culture starts before they get into this gym. We’re setting a good precedence. Our athletes do such a nice job of leading and really setting that tone in the off season, during the season and in the locker room and in the classroom. They do a really good job of setting the expectation and the culture what Century volleyball is,” said Century Head Coach Jamie Zastoupil.

The defending state champions graduated six players off the title team, but the Patriots talent level does not seem drop off.

“Reload not rebuild and I think that shows we don’t give up a year. We have people that can play everywhere, and we have that confidence to play at this place,” said Century junior Logan Nissley.

“This year we have eight seniors and they’re really strong players, and they all bring different things to the court, and I think that is what reload means to us,” said Century senior Delani Clarke.

Century runs a 6-2 offense and Coach Zastoupil says there’s a very good reason for it.

“We have the hitters right now in our program. We have enough hitters to be able to run with six hitters in all rotations so really running our setter out of the back row allows us to optimize our front row attack,” said Zastoupil.

Nissley helps lead that attack from the outside with Macy Fridgen doing a lot of the work in the middle.

“Macy is such a great leader and she’s naturally a student of the game and she can read so well that she’s really training our other middles to do that a little bit better,” said Zastoupil.

The Patriots play at home against St. Mary’s on Tuesday and they travel to Jamestown on Thursday this week.

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