Posted 10/11/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Tioga and Ray volleyball teams both lost their first knockout-round game Saturday in the Northwest Conference Tournament in Glenburn.
Ray was 3-1 in pool play, with wins of 25-13, 25-9 vs. Trenton; 25-14, 25-5 vs. Divide County; and 25-12, 25-13 vs. New Town; while Berthold defeated the Jays 17-25, 25-16. Des Lacs-Burlington swept Ray in the quarterfinal, 27-25, 25-22.
Statistical leaders for Ray were Maari Dolan with 11 aces, Marissa Veach with 45 kills and four blocks, Kelsey Perdue with 96 assists and Britne Viall with 42 digs.
Tioga defeated Parshall 25-17, 25-23; tied Burke County 25-21, 21-25; and fell 25-11, 25-7 to DLB and 23-25, 25-16 to Glenburn. The Pirates then lost 25-8, 25-6 to Kenmare in the quarterfinal.
Pirates swept at DC
Leah Schmidt led the Pirates with three kills, and five players recorded at least one kill as Tioga fell at Divide County, 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-16) Thursday night in Crosby.
Schmidt and Tayla Dean contributed eight digs each. Tioga outblocked Divide County 12-2 in the loss.
Divide County opened the match on a 9-0 outburst in running away with the first set; Tioga had just one point on serve. The Pirates tried to turn the tables in the second set, starting up 4-0, but couldn’t hold on.
The third set found Tioga rallying from an 11-1 deficit to twice pull within four: first at 14-10 on three consecutive DC attack errors, and then at 20-16. But Divide County finished the match with five consecutive points.
“They have to believe in themselves throughout the whole match, not just for a couple of points,” coach Kassidi Sibley said. “They played a lot better the second two games.”
Thriller against Trenton
The Pirates outlasted Trenton 3-2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-11, 22-25, 15-6) Oct. 4 at home. Tioga has won all three of its five-set decisions this season.
“They’re used to giving up on themselves, and now they have people that believe in them, including both coaches,” Sibley said. “They have fans that are coming to our games now, which is awesome.”
Tioga was able to claim the win after a remarkable defensive effort, as the Pirates nearly doubled their season-high in blocks. Juli Christofferson and Schmidt led the charge at the net with a team-high four blocks each for the Pirates, while Abby Larson had a hand in three blocks.
Two Pirates reached double-figures in digs, led by Larson’s 14; Schmidt had 13.
Offensively, Christofferson paced Tioga with nine kills, while Larson chipped in with seven kills.
Tioga hosts Powers Lake on Thursday and heads to Trenton and Ray on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Ray still unbeaten in district
Ray defeated Divide County on Oct. 4, 25-6, 25-17, 25-13, to remain unbeaten in district play.
Veach led the Jays with 14 kills and two blocks, and Dolan added nine kills and one block.
The Jays have a chance to secure first place in the district Thursday, hosting Kenmare at 7 p.m. Our Redeemer’s and Tioga come to Ray on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Divide County 3, Tioga 0
1st 2nd 3rd
Tioga 8 17 16
Divide County 25 25 25
Aces: Abby Larson 1, Leah Schmidt 1.
Kills: Schmidt 3, Juli Christofferson 2.
Assists: Nicole Postovit 6, Schmidt 1.
Blocks: Schmidt 4, Christofferson 4, Larson 3.
Digs: Tayla Dean 8, Schmidt 8, Postovit 7.
Tioga 3, Trenton 2
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Trenton 25 14 11 25 6
Tioga 19 25 25 22 15
Aces: Leah Schmidt 4, Tayla Dean 3.
Kills: Juli Christofferson 9, Abby Larson 7.
Assists: Nicole Postovit 14, Schmidt 4, Dean 1.
Blocks: Christofferson 4, Schmidt 4, Larson 3.
Digs: Larson 14, Schmidt 13.
Ray 3, Divide County 0
1st 2nd 3rd
Divide County 6 17 13
Ray 25 25 25
Aces: Maari Dolan 3, Kinley Bergstrom 3, Kelsey Perdue 2.
Kills: Marissa Veach 14, Dolan 9, Britne Viall 6.
Assists: Perdue 26, Bergstrom 4, Emily Ketelsen 3.
Blocks: Veach 2, Dolan 1.
Digs: Perdue 12, Dolan 8.