SIDELL – Bismarck-Henning truly possesses the Queens of the Ball.
Monday night concluded the annual gathering of Vermilion Valley's volleyball elite with the reign of the Blue Devils continuing.
Bismarck-Henning was crowned as tournament champions for the fourth successive year, defeating Oakwood 25-16, 25-19 in a match more fiercely fought than the scores indicate.
No one was happier than Matti Nesbitt, who led the Blue Devils with six kills. She is the only squad member who has started on all four of the championship squads.
"I couldn't finish my senior year without a county championship," Nesbitt said. "I wanted the fourth one more than anything."
B-H setter Hannah Ohl went to her veteran teammate to secure the victory. Nesbitt had kills to account for points 23, 24 and 25 in Game 2.
"Matti is a big hitter and there at the end, she turned it on," Oakwood coach Lynn Anderson said. "I thought we played right with them. We couldn't get over the hump."
In winning for the 21st time in 22 matches, B-H elevated its level of play.
"This was one of our best games," Ohl said.
The opening game was tied at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4. Three of the Comets' early points were on blocks. B-H was undaunted and kept swinging away.
"We had a lot of pressure, but we worked well together," said the Blue Devils' Keri Roach, who had a match-high five blocks.
Salt Fork matched its best tournament finish since Catlin and Jamaica formed an all-sports cooperative in 1996. The Storm (12-12) topped Westville for the third time this season, 25-17, 25-18.
Mallory Meade had seven kills and Hannah Wilkins had five. Maddison Stutsman had 13 assists for Salt Fork and teammate Kristen Cox had 13 blocks.
Westville (5-18) was led by six kills from Candy Lewis and six digs from Carissa Williams.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm (11-11) avenged a regular-season loss to Milford, handing the Bearcats a 26-24, 25-22 setback.
Ashlie Lavicka had nine digs and Layn Newman six kills for Milford (10-14).