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Northern Cass's start fueled by last year's memories

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HUNTER, N.D. - It's been a fall to remember at Northern Cass. The volleyball team has been nearly perfect losing just once, and they've been on a mission since last year. 

Pain can be a powerful motivator. 

"Obviously it was pretty sad that we couldn't make our goal and go to state," Jaguars senior Bailey Nelson recalled. 

Moments after falling in the Region 1 final last year, Northern Cass quickly set its sights on one goal.

"We all had the mindset of this year," Nelson said. 

The Jaguars return every starter from a season ago.  While a trip to the region championship was a pleasant surprise in 2017, there are no moral victories for Northern Cass this time around.

"Don't just settle with how we ended last year," Jaguars senior libero Sam Spiesz stated. "We have been building a lot and have been trying to push ourselves everyday at practice and try not to be okay with where we are at."

That hunger has gotten Northern Cass off to a 23-1-1 start. Still they aren't satisfied. Each bump, set, and spike has a little extra to it. 

"Its our last chance and it would be perfect to get it our last year and go out with a bang," Nelson said.  

When they were young this year's seniors happened to set some inspiration by watching the 2013 state championship Northern Cass team. Yes they are two different teams, but Jaguars head coach Tom Klapp sees some similarities.

"We have a really high powered offense and it is kind of similar to that team," Klapp expressed. "We have 7-8 hitters that can put the ball away and you don't see that a lot in North Dakota Class B volleyball."

In November, Northern Cass hopes to see some hardware in its hands.