Posted 10/18/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Ray volleyball team saw its string of two consecutive regular-season district championships snapped Thursday, dropping a three-setter to visiting Kenmare, 25-20, 25-14, 25-16.
“I was expecting a lot better of a game than that, and they were just way flat-footed and just did not come out ready to play,” Ray head coach Michelle Dolan said. “It was rather disappointing, because I expected a battle.”
Kenmare put separation between itself and Ray in each set. The Honkers held as much as a 12-point advantage in the opener, but the Jays closed to within 24-20 after five points in a row before a set-ending sideout.
Ray took an early lead in the second set and battled for much of the frame. But after drawing even at 13-13, Kenmare rolled off 10 straight points before the Jays earned a sideout off a kill from Maari Dolan. Two more Kenmare points followed, however, to seal the set.
The third set was also tightly contested in the beginning. The Jays were within two at 9-7 when their momentum ran out and the Honkers outscored them 16-9 in the remainder.
Savannah Boone led all players with 17 digs, and she and Kinley Bergstrom each landed two aces.
Marissa Veach led the Jays with seven kills.
For the third consecutive year, the Jays and Honkers played to determine the regular-season district champion; Ray had won in 2014 and 2015.
The Jays hosted Our Redeemer’s on Monday and Tioga on Tuesday this week after press time.
Ray (12-14, 9-2 District 16) has two remaining matches next week, Oct. 25 at Parshall and Oct. 27 vs. Trinity Christian. The district volleyball tournament begins Oct. 31 at Tioga.
Kenmare 3, Ray 0
1st 2nd 3rd
Kenmare 25 25 25
Ray 20 14 16
Aces: Sierra Overton 4, Kylee Nelson 1, Kathryn Handeland 1.
Kills: McKayla Neubauer 13, Handeland 9, Marissa Jensen 6.
Assists: Shelby Brekhus 31, Handeland 1, Overton 1.
Blocks: Haley Kohler 3, Jensen 2.
Digs: Neubauer 14, Nelson 12, Overton 9.
Aces: Savannah Boone 2, Kinley Bergstrom 2.
Kills: Marissa Veach 7, Maari Dolan 6, Boone 6.
Assists: Kelsey Perdue 20.
Blocks: Dolan 2, Veach 1.
Digs: Boone 17, Veach 11, Dolan 11.
District 16 Standings
W L W L
Kenmare 12 0 26 8
Ray 9 2 12 14
Powers Lake 8 4 17 8
Stanley 6 6 7 23
Divide County 4 8 14 14
Tioga 2 9 4 20
Burke County 0 12 4 17