Posted 9/08/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Alli McCoy tallied six kills to lead the Maroons in a 3-1 loss to Powers Lake on Thursday night as Divide County fell to 0-2 on the season.
“I think we just had a few communication errors, and from there just got a little frustrated and had to work extra hard to get our momentum back up,” coach Lisa Ford said. “Some of our blocking, just the timing was off a little bit, like we were jumping too soon.”
McCoy led the team in kills for the second straight contest while collecting three aces.
Kasha Bakewell followed with three kills. The senior added a team- and season-high four blocks to her night.
Sierra Grote dished out a season-high four assists in guiding the Maroon offense. Defensively, McKenzie Hallgren recorded a team-best 13 digs, followed by Kate Sabe with eight.
Divide County opened the match slow, falling behind in the opening set. However, the Maroons collected themselves and surprised the Ranchers by rallying from four points down, 20-16, late in the frame to take it 25-23. Bakewell recorded two of the key points during the 9-3 run, including the penultimate point on a block of Delaney Clark.
Powers Lake used an early second-set run to claim an 8-0 lead. The Maroons never closed within fewer than six points, the Ranchers seizing control to win the second set 25-12 and even the team score at 1-1.
The third set saw the Ranchers take an early 9-3 lead to rally past the Maroons, 25-11. In the fourth frame, Divide County opened strong, taking an early 5-3 lead, and held an advantage as late as 12-11 until Powers Lake came back to 14 of the final 16 points to take the fourth and decisive set, 25-14.
Sydney Titus led Powers Lake with 14 kills and four digs, followed by Brianna Honrud with seven kills.
Divide County dropped a 25-19, 25-13, 25-23 match to Watford City in the home opener at Haggin Court on Sept. 1.
McCoy had three kills. Hallgren had a team-high 11 digs.
Katie Mogen led Watford City with seven kills. Ricki Lindley and Lea Arndt combined for 17 digs for the Wolves.
The Maroons played at Trinity Christian last night. The season continues Thursday evening with the Maroons taking on Ray at 7 p.m. in Ray, followed by a tournament Saturday in Watford City and a home match next Tuesday vs. Tioga.