Cassie North

Missoula Sentinel senior Cassie North (right) stands next to Dickinson State volleyball coach Jen Hartman after signing her National Letter of Intent Wednesday at Sentinel High School. North was one of the state's most efficient attackers in helping the Spartans to a second straight state title.

Photo courtesy of Erin Keffeler

MISSOULA — One of Montana's most efficient front-line attack artists signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play volleyball at Dickinson State.

Missoula Sentinel's Cassie North is headed to North Dakota.

"Now, actually being able to fill out the papers, sign my name and know that it is official; it's just a great feeling that I can continue four more years of volleyball," North said.

North was eighth in Class AA attack efficiency as one of the state champion Spartans' outside hitters. She posted a .269 kill percentage, and Sentinel coach Erin Keffeler described her 5-foot-9 outside hitter as "consistent, hard working and smart."

"With how she performed all year I couldn't take her off the left side — I didn't want to," Sentinel coach Erin Keffeler said. "... She brought us tons of confidence — she earned it."

North joins a bevvy of her teammates with next-level commitments. Elsa Godwin and Sarina Moreno are both University of Montana volleyball commits, while Kylie Frohlich and Jordyn Schweyen are members of the 2018 Lady Griz recruiting class. Jordyn's sister, Shelby, has also committed to the Lady Griz.

"This whole class (at Sentinel) was super talented, and being able to be on a team with them and practice with them every day, and get that kind of competition — the hardest in the state — ... it was a battle," North said.

And North added to the Spartans' competitive edge, as the team won back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017. Now she gets to take that spirit to the college arena.

She has good local company in this year's Dickinson State recruiting class, too. Missoula Big Sky's Alex Mintyala signed to play at the Dickinson, North Dakota school earlier this month, as did Billings Senior's Jordan Gilcrist. Both Gilcrist and Mintyala played libero and were among the state's best digging the volleyball on defense.

Kyle Houghtaling can be reached by email at kyle.houghtaling@missoulian.com or on Twitter @khotel.

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