BSC Volleyball on to the Nationals

BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – The further you go, the harder it gets. Bismarck State has played two-thirds of its volleyball games this fall. Now the Mystics are in the NJCAA National Tournament. They are one of sixteen remaining teams in the country which is why BSC are in the Sports Spotlight this week.

Bismarck State Volleyball is in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history. 30+ wins, a region and a district title, and now they’re ready to compete at the national championships.

“The ultimate goal of every team is to be at this national tournament. To be one of the 16 teams that goes is pretty awesome,” said Kyle Kuether, BSC volleyball head coach.

It is the second time in the history of the program that the mystics will do the big dance. In Kyle Kuether’s third season as head coach, this year’s personnel was perfect for a postseason run.

“We have a lot of good returnees. Eden, Cam, Reile, but we’ve got a lot of good newbies who’ve stepped up. I think everyone just bought it and it’s been such a fun season. To grow, learn from each other and improve,” said Greta Gibson, third year BSC.

They’ve only lost three times this fall. Almost perfect record, but a team that expects less than perfect results.

“With the attitude that we don’t have to be perfect, we won’t be. As if we wouldn’t win 25:0, but we just have to play two points better than either team,” said Küther.

“When we start worrying about kills or blocks or digging passes, that’s when we start making mistakes. They’re just casual mistakes. When we’re having fun, playing loose, we’re hard to beat,” said Gibson.

The Mystics have 16 athletes on their roster. All 16 are from the Peace Garden State. The group representing North Dakota is proud.

“We are all from North Dakota. We’re all from either Class B or Class A cities in North Dakota, so I think it’s cool to be able to show what North Dakota is all about at a national tournament,” said Morgan Wheeler, sophomore BSC.

For their state, for their school, and for each other, BSC doesn’t change what they do when they go into a match with Cowley College.

“They are the three seeds, we are the 14 seeds, but they don’t get a point better than us for being the three seeds. One seed has yet to win. The 16 has yet to win. So we just want to go out and compete. Hopefully they’ll feel the pressure, because then things will get better for us,” said Küther.

They’re heading to Cedar Rapids this week, with the first round starting at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 17th.

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