Zastoupil brings All-Star team back to Bismarck in sweep hunt | Volleyball

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When you put the best of the best on the field against each other, fun things happen.

Fans at Fargo Shanley on Monday got a taste of that, as state championship coaches Jamie Zastoupil and Jamie Richter’s blue team edged out the red team led by Kenmare’s Tim Wallstrum and Fargo’s Carolyn Olson Davies in the first of two All-Star Games. , 27-25, 21-25, 25-18, 19-25, 19-17.

“I’m delighted with this opportunity,” Zastoupil said in a pre-match interview. “It’s always a fun experience coaching the best athletes in the state. One of the best parts is I get to coach with someone else and it’s a learning experience, (working with ) them, (because) everyone has different training strategies.

“Last year I coached against Jamie Richter of Linton and this year I’m coaching with her. It will be fun to share ideas.”

With the success of his Patriots in the regular season, Zastoupil has been a constant presence on the coaching staff during all-star games.

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“It’s either (my) seventh or eighth (training time),” Zastoupil said. “I was lucky to have consistent teams that set me up to be able to do that.”

A lopsided game that saw Class A and B team East sweep all seven sets played last year against Class A and B team West has pushed a change in the All-Star lineup.

Zastoupil, Richter, Wallstrum, and Olson got together and drafted their teams, then were assigned to a particular team.

“It’s a big change,” Zastoupil said. “It’s always been East versus West. The four coaches have come together and created two equal teams, so maybe you can coach your own athletes.

“It’s something we voted to try, so hopefully it will continue and work well.”

Zastoupil nearly managed to escape practice against one of her own team members, but Delani Clarke was brought in to fill out Wallstrum and Olson’s team.

Despite Clarke and the local presence of Mia Hinsz in the red team, it is Zastoupil’s blue team with the strong flavor of the Bismarck region, as the Zastoupil team includes Macy Fridgen (Century), Piper Harris ( Mandan) and Kenadi Renner (Bismarck).

“I’m delighted to know that I got them, but I didn’t know that I would train them in my team,” Zastoupil said.

Hinsz (one service ace) and Clarke (ace, one kill) have been relatively quiet on the red team’s offensive sheet, while Fridgen (15 kills, one ace, 2.5 blocks) and Renner (eight kills, a counter) occupied themselves during Zastoupil’s team.

Fargo Davies’ Ava Wild was on fire for Zastoupil’s side in the five-set slugfest, scoring 20 eliminations, an ace and a block and a half to lead all players in eliminations for the match.

On Team Red, North Star’s Danielle Hagler led her team with 15 kills and 2.5 blocks, and was helped by 11 kills and three blocks from Shanley’s Paige McAllister, 13 kills and 2.5 blocks by West Fargo’s Nadia Chwialkowski and 11 kills. and a single block by Emma Lucas of Northern Cass.

While batters on both sides posted showy numbers, the other players on the roster rotated in the lineup so everyone had a fair chance to play.

Both teams celebrated their wins, but had the ability to ignore mistakes more easily than in the regular season.

“They are top athletes, so they have that spirit and they want to win,” she said. “But it’s definitely an enjoyable experience and we try to make sure everyone gets some playing time.

“You want to play to win and get experience and it’s about the friendships you make along the way.”

There was plenty of bonding time for the teams over the weekend. After a number of practices, the teams attended a Fargo Redhawks game and hosted a banquet to celebrate the players in attendance.

After that, however, everything goes quickly.

“We play Monday night, sleep in Fargo (that night), go back to Bismarck and play Bismarck Tuesday night,” Zastoupil said.

Game 2 of the All-Star Optimist Series begins at 7 p.m. tonight at Bismarck High.

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