Volleyball: Carroll defeats Montana Western

UMW News Bureau

The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs in three games (25-15, 25-19, 25-11) Saturday at the University of Great Falls/Carroll College Holiday Inn Tournament at the Carroll College P.E. Center. By Lowell Peterson The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs in three games (25-15, 25-19, 25-11) Saturday at the University of Great Falls/Carroll College Holiday Inn Tournament at the Carroll College P.E. Center. The Saints had to rally back from being down two games to none in the previous match against Indiana Wesleyan before eventually winning three games to two. The three straight wins gave Carroll momentum that carried over into the match against Montana Western. In game one the score was tied 8-8 when Carroll went on an 8-1 run that put them in control, 16-9. The Bulldogs managed to cut the lead to four points before the Saints went on a 6-0 run to put the game out of reach, winning 25-15. The Bulldogs fared better in game two and it was a hard-fought contest for much of the game. An ace serve by Bailey Branson tied the game 12-12. The Saints regained the lead and held on until another ace, this one by Paige Latimer, tied the score again at 18-all. Montana Western took a brief lead at 19-18, but Carroll scored the last seven points of game two and won 25-19. Montana Western scored the first point in game three but from that point on it was pretty much all Carroll. The Saints steadily pulled away to win 25-11 behind the strong play at the net by Elli Graff and Markki Otteson. Susanne Rehse was the kills leader for Montana Western with six and also lead in blocks with two. Shelby Mack led the way in digs with 11 and Paige Latimer had a team high 18 assists. Breanne Kelley, Bailey Branson and Latimer each had one service ace. Elli Graff (14) and Markki Otteson (11) topped the Saints in kills. Maureen Frauenholtz led the way in digs with 17 and Mo Ritter added 12. Caitlin Tocci and Natalie Stewart had 16 and 11 assists respectively. Tocci also had a team high four service aces. Carroll improved to 4-0 on the season while Montana Western fell to 1-3. First-year head coach Lisa Griffiths was happy with the overall play of her team and felt they proved they could play with the teams in the tournament. She felt it was a good experience for her young team and would give them something to build on as the season moves forward. It will also help the Bulldogs to get Charelle Minor and Emily Erickson back in action to provide help on the front line. Montana Western will be in action again on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Montana Tech Triangular in Butte, Mont. The Bulldogs play Walla Walla University at 5 p.m. and Montana Tech at 7 p.m.