BISMARCK — Slow starts are nothing new for the top-seed Salt Fork Storm volleyball team.
But when sophomore outside hitter Jenny Kimbro appeared to injure her left knee during the first set, Salt Fork needed someone to step up.
Junior Britton Seaman answered the challenge, recorded eight of her game-high 10 kills during the second set as the Storm defeated the Oakwood Comets 25-14, 25-19 in an IHSA Class 2A regional semifinal match at Bismarck-Henning High School.
"It was tough,'' Seaman admitted. "I got down a little bit. It was hard to get myself back up, but at the end, I think I did it.
"I knew I had to try to pick up the intensity and help get the team up.''
At the end, the Storm (25-6) just kept feeding Seaman the ball as she recorded the game's final four kills to seal the victory.
"It scared me when (Kimbro) got hurt, because she is a big part of our offense,'' said Bowman, who is hopeful that Kimbro will be healthy for Thursday's regional championship match. "We challenged Seaman. She didn't feel like she played really well early in that match. I told her during that last time, 'Jenny is out. I need you to step up and be the player out here.'
"She did that on those last four points''
Oakwood (8-19) had leads in both sets, but the Comets were outscored 12-0 in the first set and 10-3 in the second set.
"That's been the story of our season,'' said Oakwood coach Lynn Anderson. "I don't know why, exactly. It could be that we get ahead, and they let up a little. And, we are a team that can't let up any.
"Basically, it could be so many different things. Ultimately, we just couldn't finish things out when it was needed.''