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Fighting Saints down Bulldog volleyball squad

UMW News Bureau

The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs in three sets, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 on Saturday night, Sept. 24 in Helena, Mont. By Lowell Peterson The Carroll College Fighting Saints defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs in three sets, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 on Saturday night, Sept. 24 in Helena, Mont. Montana Western competed well in sets one and three and the scores were close in the hard fought contests until the Saints pulled away down the stretch to win both sets. Carroll jumped out to an early 8-1 lead and was never seriously challenged in the second set. Once again the Bulldogs had trouble winning the battle at the net. Carroll had 39 kills to Montana Western's 23 and also led in blocks at the net 15 to 6. Even when Montana Western made strong attack hits, but the Saints defense was in top form recording 58 digs to keep play alive. Emily Erickson, Susanne Rehse and Charelle Minor led the Bulldogs in kills with four each while Paige Latimer was the assist leader with 14. Kayla Schmid topped UMW with 11 digs and Minor led the way with three blocks. Kristin Telin and Elli Graf each had eight kills for Carroll. Caitlin Tocci (19) and Natalie Stewart (14) were the assist leaders and Maureen Frauenholtz had a team high 15 digs. Markki Otteson had five blocks. Carroll College improved to 4-1 in conference play and 11-4 overall, while Montana Western fell to 0-6 and 5-12. It was a tough weekend for the Bulldogs, with three set losses to both Carroll and Rocky Mountain, and Coach Lisa Griffiths felt their play did not meet team expectations. “The team is disappointed we missed an opportunity this weekend by not playing our best volleyball,” Griffiths stated. “We played two very strong teams and did not put our best foot forward. Missed blocking assignments and offensive opportunities proved costly in both matches.” Although disappointed with the outcome of the matches, Griffiths saw some positive aspects from the weekend. “I was encouraged to see Emily Erickson’s strong performance. She came in late in the match against Rocky and had a positive impact, getting six kills on just nine swings. She followed that up with eight digs in the first set against Carroll. Although we had some struggles this weekend it’s great to see the energy our young team brings into practice and matches each week. With the number of freshman and sophomores providing valuable contributions this season, I’m excited about the potential for growth each week.” The Bulldogs next play Montana Tech in Butte, Mont. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The match kicks off Montana Western’s homecoming weekend, and although the team is on the road, the coach and players are looking forward to the challenge. “Nothing is better than preparing for a rivalry match,” said Griffiths. “The team is excited for our first conference meeting with Montana Tech, especially with all of the spirit and energy that comes with homecoming.”
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