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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Lady Devils beat Laurel; lock up spot in Divisional Tournament

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School volleyball team locked up a spot in the Eastern/Central A Divisional Tournament with their second win over Laurel this season in Laurel, Saturday.

“We are getting stronger and stronger defensively. Very pleased with their progress … however, still working on consistency with our offense,” DCHS head coach Tiffaney Egan said. 

Lady Devils 3, Laurel 0

Dawson had trouble in just one set, winning 25-14, 26-24, 25-18. 

Junior Addie Reinhart led the team with 11 kills to just five attack errors and scored six aces. Senior Taya Torres added eight kills to just one attack error and had four blocks to lead the team. 

Senior Ceeara Staiger paced the defense with 14 digs, and junior Jaley Wyse added 12. Wyse also led with 14 assists, and senior Abby Hill had 12.

Billings Central 3, 

Lady Devils 0

The Lady Devils hung around in the first set in Billings, Friday, falling 25-18, but the Lady Rams rolled in sets two and three, 25-15, 25-9. 

Billings took away the attack lanes, as Glendive’s attack percentages were negative in the final two sets. The Lady Rams look like the team to beat in the East.

Sophomore Bailey Pearcy continued to be the best server for Dawson, scoring five of the team’s six aces. While Glendive served well, senior Hannah Bogar scored the team’s only block, and the Lady Devils had more attack errors than kills, 23 to 18. 

Staiger led the team with six kills and added 14 digs. Reinhart led the defense with 15 digs, and Hill had 11 assists.

Hardin 3, Lady Devils 0

Glendive got better throughout its match in Hardin, Thursday, falling in straight sets, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20. Dawson had its highest attack percentage in the third set.

The Lady Devils were on the defensive, digging 68 Hardin spikes, with Reinhart scoring 15 digs, Staiger digging 11, Wyse digging 10, senior Miriam Mix had nine, and Hill and sophomore Thea Robson both added eight.

Staiger had eight kills to lead the team, and Pearcy had three aces. Wyse set her team up with 11 assists, and Hill added nine. No one had a block for DCHS, which Egan said is one thing the Lady Devils need to beat Hardin.

“We need to put up some blocks when we play Hardin,” she said. “Hardin has a strong defense and offense, however, they shut down when blocked a few times. We have the tools. We will be hitting this hard in practice.”

Laurel JV 3, 

JV Lady Devils 0

The Glendive junior varsity improved on the attack in each set but fell 25-8, 25-20, 15-12. Karsen Murphy had four kills and a block, and Pearcy had 10 assists. Meadow Torres added nine digs.

Billings Central JV 3, 

JV Lady Devils 0

The JV Lady Devils were routed by the JV Lady Rams, 25-15, 25-16, 15-7. BC’s JV squad figured out Dawson as the match went on, forcing a negative attack percentage in the third set. 

Torres had four kills, Pearcy had eight assists and libero Ashley Clapp had eight digs.

Hardin JV 3, 

JV Lady Devils 0

DCHS nearly stole the third set despite hitting just one kill, but fell 25-11, 25-10, 16-14. Pearcy had four assists and 13 digs. Clapp added nine digs, and Torres scored two kills.

Freshmen Lady Devils 3, 

Laurel Freshmen 2

The frosh Lady Devils won a marathon in Laurel 20-25, 25-15, 13-15, 15-10, 15-13. Ariana Mitchell and Torres had nine kills each. Murphy set them up with 12 assists and added four aces. Ashley Reynolds had an impressive 22 digs, and Torres added 21.

Billings Central Frosh 2, 

Freshmen Lady Devils 1

The DCHS freshmen took the second set from the freshmen Lady Rams, 25-16, but dropped the first 25-17 and the deciding third set, 16-14. Murphy led the team with five kills, seven assists and three blocks. 

Mitchell had 13 digs. Tylee Dey and Alicia Erhart each had two aces.

Hardin Freshmen 3, 

Freshmen Lady Devils 1

The Lady Devil freshmen came back from a 25-17 loss in set one to win set two 27-25, but fell in the next two, 10-15, 11-15. 

Torres and Mitchell had five kills each, and Dey and Murphy had five assists each. Dey also had three aces, and Murphy and Torres had a dozen digs each.

The Lady Devils host Colstrip at 3:30, 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and visit Sidney on Saturday, with games starting at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. 

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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