Posted 11/08/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Ray volleyball team swept Parshall 25-9, 25-11, 25-10 Monday in Watford City to advance to Tuesday’s Region 8 tournament semifinals.
Ray swept Divide County 3-0 at Tioga High School on Thursday to qualify for this week’s Region 8 tournament.
Ray won set one 25-13, set two 25-18 and set three 25-9.
“I was pleased to make it to regionals,” coach Michelle Dolan said, “and they made us earn it. Crosby came ready to play, and they’re picking up a lot of stuff, and that was good for the girls to have to work for it.”
Ray received District 16’s No. 3 seed in the Region 8 tournament and will attempt to advance to the state tournament for the third consecutive year.
“We were in this position two years ago, got third and went on,” Dolan said, “so they know it can be done.”
Middle hitter Marissa Veach was named the district’s senior athlete of the year and joined outside hitter Maari Dolan on the all-tournament team.
Veach had a team-high 17 kills and three blocks vs. DC. Dolan added 11 kills and two service aces. Setter Kelsey Perdue and outside hitter Britne Viall tied for a team-high 19 digs each. Middle hitter Savannah Boone added 17.
With the Maroons leading 6-5 in the opening set, Ray won the next seven points to take a 12-6 lead on its way to going up 1-0. In a tighter second set, Ray led 11-2, but DC came back to within 16-13. After four points by Ray, DC made a 5-0 run, but the Jays sealed the set.
Ray didn’t slow down from there. DC took a 3-2 lead, but the Jays responded with an 8-0 run on its way to the win.
Ray falls 3-0 in semifinals
Ray’s quest for its third consecutive district tournament title fell short, as the Jays fell 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) to Powers Lake on Nov. 1 in the semifinals.
Veach finished the evening with nine kills to lead Ray while also tallying 13 digs. Dolan and Boone chipped in seven kills each. Perdue dished out 26 assists, and Abby Hickel finished with 20 digs to lead the floor defense.
Heartbreak for the Pirates
An epic seesaw battle in the loser-out match Nov. 1 saw No. 7 seed Burke County eliminate No. 6 seed Tioga by a 3-2 (21-25, 25-14, 25-20, 19-25, 16-14) margin.
Tioga finished the season with a record of 5-24.
Leah Schmidt led the Pirates in digs with 14; Grace Ramberg (12), Tayla Dean (11) and Nicole Postovit (10) also recorded double-digit digs.
Juli Christofferson led the offense with eight kills and six blocks in her final match as a Pirate. Postovit collected 13 assists.