State tournament berth still surreal for Mandan volleyball

For Mandan volleyball, Saturday's five-game thriller against Legacy was not a new experience.

"We had a lot of tough fifth-game losses throughout the season, and I think it was just time that we needed to prove ourselves," head coach Anna Folk said.

It couldn't have come at a better time, as the Braves had gone up 2-0 but allowed Legacy to force a fifth-game. 

"We started to lose confidence, thinking that we couldn't do it anymore, and we all wrote positive quotes on our wrists and just took looks at those and stuff, and that just brought us up," junior Emily Tweten explained.

And that led to the Braves punching their first ticket to state since 2014.

"We just had some will and some heart that--we weren't ready to be done with our season," Folk said.

"A lot of it was just relief," senior Elizabeth Leingang said. "We had all been praying on the side of the court, praying on the court, that we would come out on top. We really showed that we wanted it."

It'll be the first trip to the Fargodome for volleyball for the players, and even though it's been a few days since the emotional win, it still hasn't quite sunk in yet.

"When people congratulate us in the halls, it's still like, 'Oh, we actually did it!' But I think we earned it," Tweten said.

And Coach Folk completely agrees.

"The kids just proved to themselves that they deserve to be here, and they can play with the best," she said.

Mandan plays West Fargo Thursday at 1 p.m.

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