Wildcats advance to gold tournament Coal County
By Jarann Johnson
The Center-Stanton Wildcats started their volleyball season with a local tournament, heading to the 2016 Coal Country Invite. Center-Stanton won their pool and advanced to the gold bracket.
The day started in Beulah with pool play matches. First up for Center-Stanton was Lewis and Clark.
Center-Stanton quickly swept Lewis and Clark 25-14 and 25-15. Next up for Center-Stanton was Class B powerhouse Dickinson Trinity.
Center-Stanton topped Trinity in two very close matches, 25-23 and 25-23. The win set up a winner-take-all match with Kenmare.
Both teams had six points and were vying for positioning. Whoever won the match would win the bracket and a top seed or the gold division tournament.
Center-Stanton’s quest to win their pool didn’t start out strongly. Kenmare won the first match 25-20, which put Center-Stanton in a must-win situation.
Center-Stanton had to win and make sure it was by more than five points to advance. Center-Stanton did what they needed to do, winning the second set 25-18, which gave them the pool.
The next part of the day featured a trip to Hazen for the gold division tournament. Center-Stanton found themselves in a battle with Bishop Ryan.