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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Laurel Outlook

Lady Devils end season with losses against Rams, Eagles at Divisionals

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School volleyball team won two matches before falling to Billings Central on Thursday and being eliminated by Sidney on Friday at the Eastern/Central A Divisional in Laurel.

DCHS head coach Tiffaney Egan said she was “glad” to have the games prior to playing Billings Central for a confidence boost, but said her team didn’t compete well against the Lady Rams. DCHS matched up better with Sidney, but the Lady Eagles were still too much for Dawson.

Sidney 3, Lady Devils 1

The Lady Devils managed to take a set from the Lady Eagles on Friday, which made for the same result as when the teams played just a week ago in Sidney, so the neutral site didn’t seem to affect the outcome. Stats were not available by print time. 

Billings Central 3, 

Lady Devils 0

There was no rust on the Lady Rams, who rolled to a straight-set victory at the Eastern/Central A Divisional Tournament in Laurel, Thursday night. Billings Central showed why it’s the top seed in the East, winning 25-9, 25-16, 25-10. 

Addie Reinhart led the Lady Devils with just four kills, and Abby Hill and Jaley Wyse tallied just five and four assists, respectively. 

Billings Central didn’t have many issues returning serve, as Reinhart struck the only ace for Glendive. DCHS also did not record a block, but Reinhart and Staiger had 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Wyse and Thea Robson added seven each.

“We had a hard time matching BC’s tempo right off the bat. They have a faster offense than the two previous teams,” Egan explained.

Lady Devils 3, 

Havre 2

Glendive managed to close out a match against Havre on Wednesday night to meet with Billings Central. Dawson looked well on its way after winning the first two sets 25-18 and 25-22, but the Blue Ponies came back with 25-21 and 25-19 wins in sets three and four.

The fifth went Glendive’s way, 15-8, as Dawson recorded its highest attack percentage by far. The fifth set saw the Lady Devils score seven kills on nine attacks with just one error.

Senior Taya Torres had 20 kills to just two errors and finished with four blocks to lead the team. Staiger added 13 kills, and Reinhart had eight kills and three aces. Abby HIll also added three aces and set up the offense with 24 assists.

Robson logged 24 digs, and Reinhart had 23. Hannah Bogar added 11.

Lady Devils 3, 

Browning 1

The Lady Devils shook off some tournament jitters in their first game against Browning. After taking the first two sets 25-22 and 25-20, Dawson again dropped the third 25-20, but responded well in the fourth, 25-16.

“Browning was rough, as it took some time to get Divisional jitters out of the way,” Egan said.

While the Lady Devils scored 11 aces, they also had eight service errors. Reinhart had seven of the 11 aces to just two errors. 

The offense came from all angles, with Torres and Wyse scoring seven kills, and Reinhart and Staiger striking six. Hill and Wyse had eight and seven assists, respectively.

Kayla Kelly and Staiger scored the only blocks for Glendive, but five players had more than 10 digs. Staiger had 14, Reinhart and Wyse had 13 each, and Miriam Mix and Robson had 11 each.

The Lady Devils (6-11, 2-8) ended up the best of the bottom in the Eastern and Central A, as experience and length throughout the East continues to play well. 

In Egan’s first year featuring seniors Staiger, Torres, Hill, Bogar and Mix, DCHS was just undersized and going through multiple transitions.

Glendive gets to look forward to sophomore Bailey Pearcy’s next two years, and a bunch of freshmen who have performed well at the junior varsity level. Karsen Murphy, Meadow Torres, Ashley Clapp, Chloe Mires and Kayla Brown all played JV this season, so there’s young talent moving up the ranks at DCHS.

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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