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Volleyball loses in straight sets

Posted 9/06/16 (Tue)

Volleyball loses in straight sets

By Jody Michael
The Divide County volleyball team took its second consecutive loss to open the season Thursday, in straight sets to Powers Lake, 25-21, 25-13, 25-8.
Divide County came storming out of the gate as two Katelynn Power-Akers in between a Powers Lake attack error then put the Maroons up 3-0. The Ranchers battled back and eventually knotted up the match at 10-10. The Maroons then kept up with the Ranchers as late as 19-19, but Powers Lake went on a 6-2 run to finish the set.
Powers Lake started the second set with a 2-0 lead, but Divide County jumped ahead 5-2 with the help of two more Power-Akers aces. The Ranchers then tallied nine straight points before a Kate Sabe kill ended the run at 11-6, but the Maroons never got any closer.
Powers Lake started the third set on a 14-1 run and quickly ended the match behind kills from four different Ranchers.
“We started off strong,” DC head coach Brittany Harward said, “but now we need to work on finishing strong as well.”
Lauryn Heide finished with a team-high four kills. She and MaKenzie Knudson led the Maroons with two blocks each.
Power-Akers finished with four aces and three assists. McKenzie Hallgren ended with a team-high seven digs.
Divide County gave Watford City its best shot on Aug. 30, particularly in the second set of the match, but fell short 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-11) in Watford City. Hallgren tallied 15 digs.
“We still have much to learn, but we’re getting better each day,” Harward said.
The Maroons are at home this week, Tuesday vs. Trinity Christian and Thursday vs. Ray, before a Watford City tournament on Saturday and a trip to Tioga on Tuesday.
Thursday
Powers Lake 3, Divide County 0
            1st    2nd    3rd
Divide County            21    13    8
Powers Lake            25    25    25
Divide County scoring
Aces: Katelynn Power-Akers 4.
Kills: Lauryn Heide 4, Kate Sabe 2, Ashlyn Bailey 2.
Assists: Power-Akers 3.
Blocks: MaKenzie Knudson 2, Heide 2.
Digs: McKenzie Hallgren 7.
Aug. 30
Watford City 3, Divide County 0
            1st    2nd    3rd
Divide County            9    18    11
Watford City            25    25    25
Divide County scoring
Aces: Kate Sabe 1.
Kills: MaKenzie Knudson 2.
Assists: Katelynn Power-Akers 3.
Blocks: Lauryn Heide 3.
Digs: McKenzie Hallgren 15, Power-Akers 11, JoBeth Johnson 9.