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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Lady Devils get first conference win

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School varsity volleyball team picked up its first conference win of the season against Laurel at the DCHS auditorium, Saturday afternoon. While the Lady Locomotives remain winless in conference play, the Lady Devils looked impressive regardless.

“This was a good win,” DCHS head coach Tiffaney Egan said. “Varsity is doing a better job of playing their game and executing with more purpose … They just did a better job of making up for service errors with their offense.”

Lady Devils 3, Laurel 0

Dawson didn’t start well, needing a Laurel service error for its first point of the match at 1-3, but Abby Hill scored an ace to the corner on her first serve, and the Locos couldn’t return her second, either. 

“Laurel did get a couple aces off us right off the bat with some short serves, but we adjusted fast and from there adjusted to every server,” Egan said.

Addie Reinhart made a nice play from deep in Dawson’s end to the open space on Laurel’s end to make it 5-6 Laurel. Sophomore Bailey Pearcy came on to serve and tied it at six. 

Senior Ceeara Staiger played a kill so hard off a digging defender the ball came back over the net and out of bounds for a 7-7 tie. Staiger then hit a couple of aces to make it 11-8.

The Lady Devils took advantage of Laurel’s struggle returning serve, hitting 89 percent of their serves in play. Senior Miriam Mix served a pair of aces to make it 15-11, and the Lady Locos took a timeout down 21-13. It didn’t help much, as they fell in the first 25-14.

Reinhart played a smart tip right on the line to start the second set, but Laurel jumped out to a 7-3 lead, forcing a Dawson timeout.

Wyse forced a sideout with a smart tip to make it 4-8. Reinhart followed it with a kill from deep in her own end that rolled over the tape to make it 5-8. 

Glendive won a long point to get within one at 8-9, and Staiger tied it at nine with a kill. A Pearcy ace gave Glendive its first lead since 1-0 in the set at 10-9.

“They are doing a better job reading their opponent and anticipating for better defensive setup and understanding where their opponents are placing balls,” Egan said of her team.

The aces kept coming for Dawson. Wyse played a short serve for an ace to make it 12-10. She followed it with another, and Kayla Kelly ended a long point with a smart kill played laterally to make it 14-12.

Reinhart forced a Loco timeout with a kill down the line to make it 18-13. Hannah Bogar played a perfect tip to an open zone, and Reinhart struck from the middle to the middle, and it was 20-14 Glendive. 

Hill came on to score her fourth ace, then Staiger found a kill down the line from deep to make it 22-14. Reinhart found the middle of the court again, and a long point was ended by Staiger, who went crosscourt for the kill and set point. A great save by Reinhart gave Dawson the second set 25-17.

The aces kept coming for Glendive, as Reinhart made it 2-0, and Laurel continued to struggle returning serve. An outside kill from Wyse made it 7-2, forcing a Laurel timeout. 

The Lady Devils rolled in the third set. Staiger struck an ace to make it 12-5, and Bogar scored a block to make it 13-5. Another ace by Staiger set up a timeout by Laurel. It didn’t cool Staiger’s serve, as she took Dawson to 17-5 on a couple more aces. She was still serving at 20-5, recording another ace. She led the team with five aces and finally hit one out to make it 20-6.

Reinhart’s tip earned a sideout and her team-leading ninth kill, making it 21-7. Torres rolled one off the tape, and Hill earned match point with an ace. Staiger put it away to tie Reinhart with nine kills and give Dawson its first conference win.

Laurel JV 3, 

JV Lady Devils 1

The JV Lady Devils dropped a heartbreaker in the first set 25-27 but came back to win the second 26-24. Laurel rolled in the next set, though, 8-15, and DCHS dropped the fourth 14-16. Tanille Lovato had nine kills to lead the junior varsity. Pearcy had five aces and 22 assists. 

Meadow Torres had 14 digs, and Ashley Clapp added 13. Karsen Murphy had six kills and a block.

Freshmen Lady Devils 3, Laurel Freshmen 2

The DCHS freshmen won the first two sets before dropping the next two before taking the decider. Murphy had four blocks, Torres had 21 digs, and Tylee Dey had six assists.

The DCHS volleyball team has its toughest weekend of the season, with games in Hardin, Thursday; Billings Central, Friday; and Laurel on Saturday. 

“We will need to play very smart this weekend with BC and Hardin,” Egan said “Our setters will need to be very smart in their offensive choices.”

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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