BISMARCK, N.D. - When does finishing 4th feel like you won the event? When you just accomplished what the Bismarck State Volleyball team did.
The Mystics were seeded 12th in the 16-team NJCAA national tournament and they returning to the Capital City with a Final Four finish.
BSC was welcomed home this afternoon with a police escort to the Armory with friends, family and fans at ceremony inside.
Before the Mystics left for West Virginia, Mystics Head Coach Jeni Walsh told us how their speed and number of athletes they have.. set this group apart and it played out that way.
"You know what that came to the forefront right away! The number five team when we started playing them and we dug almost everything that they threw over the net an they kept looking back like 'what?'" said Jeni Walsh. "They dug that, and they just were not used to the defense, and the athleticism that we had on the floor sand. We really took them by surprise and that just steam rolled into that later Thursday match and we just kept it rolling."
We take it for granted because BSC has recruited this way for years, but at the national tournament everyone else was taken by surprise because the Mystics roster is eight from Bismarck and the other eight are also from North Dakota.
Amy Jacobson said: "I think people were kind of shocked that we don't really recruit most out of state. A lot of our girls are really local. And, I think that's awesome to represent BSC that way having girls from Bismarck and all over North Dakota to represent BSC."
"All of these other teams have players from out of state or out of the country, but we have all of our teammates and all of our hearts born and raised in North Dakota. I just find that so surreal,"
The other three teams in the final four were the number one, two and three seeds. The Mystics Final Four finish puts them at 31 wins for the season.