BISMARCK, N.D. - Century heads into the state volleyball tournament as the number one seed from the West Region. The Patriots beat Williston, Bismarck and Mandan to win the tournament last week. Century’s program has been so good for so long, you don’t realize how young this year’s team is.
Century senior, Mya Klein said: "You take a step back and you realize some of these girls are only 15. They're so young and they have all really stepped up this year and I think sometimes people forget that and they look at it like when some of them are nervous I just try to help build their confidence because they are so young."
Head Coach of the Patriots, Jamie Zastoupil adds: "We have a couple of rotation where we have four sophomores on the court so just finding their niche, a lot of kids playing for the first time in a West Region tournament so we thought they did a nice job of shaking off some of their jitters that you need to get rid of at tournament time and I thought they played together really well, we distributed the ball a little better than we have been in the last couple weeks so that was great too."
The West Region champions are a dramatically different team than last year. Century only has two seniors on the roster, so going 31-5 so far is a testament to the young talent on the team, as senior Ashley Scherbenske says, "I'm excited for state. It's going to be fun. I think we're just going to keep doing what we did in Williston. We're going to keep talking to each other, keep trying to bond as one together and keep our energy up and we kept our energy up well in Williston so just keeping that momentum on our side."
"We have a lot of multi-sport athletes who have been in some of these tough situation and keep that competitiveness really consistent at practice. Sometimes you wonder what's going to show up when you are that young but our girls have managed to really tough it out. We've come from behind a lot this season, just not always playing real consistent but coming up with a win in the end," said Coach Zastoupil.
The State Tournament starts Thursday in Minot, and it will start with the Patriots playing Sheyenne. The Demons will go against Davies in the first round, while Mandan is the 2-seed from the West, and the Braves open against Shanley.
When it comes to Class-B, Center-Stanton plays Thompson in the first match of the day, as Langdon is the number 1 seed.