Roncalli turns tide on Lady Tigers


By Jay Davis

With height and revenge on the their side, the Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers took momentum and control in beating the Lady Tigers 3-1 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.
After losing twice to the Lady Tigers last season, including in the third-place match at the State A tournament, the Lady Cavaliers exacted some revenge by beating the Lady Tigers 24-26, 25-22, 25-16, 25-5.
Mobridge-Pollock led most of the way and won the first set 26-24. The Lady Tigers held early leads of 15-8 and 17-11 before the Cavaliers rallied all the way back to take a 24-22 lead. The Lady Tigers answered back with four straight points to take a 1-0 lead.
Set two was tight until the end. The Cavaliers went on a 5-1 run that turned a 19-18 lead into a 24-19 lead and then a 25-22 win.
The tide turned completely the Cavaliers’ way early in set three. The Lady Tigers led 7-6 when Roncalli took off on an 8-0 run that would put momentum in a green jersey the rest of the night. Roncalli went on to win set four 25-16.
By set five, the Lady Tigers were completely discombobulated and Roncalli was fully in charge. The Lady Cavaliers jumped out 7-1, raised the lead to 16-2 and then 19-5 before ending the match on a 6-0 run to win 25-5.
By match end, Roncalli had 47 kills to 25 for the Lady Tigers. A lot of the damage came from 5’11” middle hitters Abby Dockter and Lindsey Hahler. Dockter had a match-leading 15 kills, while Hahler had 10 kills on 25 of 26 hitting. Dockter added five blocks. Lefty Kate Heintzman led the serving with a 14-14, three-ace night.
Kayleigh Henderson led the Lady Tiger offense with eight kills. Ellie Rabenberg and Kady Pinney added six kills each. Callie Slater distributed the ball with 23 assists. Maranda Wagner led serving with 17 of 17 and two aces, while defending with a match-high 23 digs.

Timber Lake
The Lady Tigers were the taller team in Timber Lake on Thursday where they took advantage of the Lady Panthers for a 3-0 win.
Mobridge-Pollock won 25-16, 25-17, 25-20.
The Lady Tigers racked up 15 aces and 30 kills. Rabenberg led the serving with five aces. Pinney and Henderson added three aces each. Pinney and Rabenberg were hot up front, combining for 20 kills. Ariel Bieber added four kills on 13 of 14 hitting, while defending the net with three blocks. Slater did her usual setting work with 26 assists and Wagner again handled the defense in back with 15 digs.
Kristi Mettler led Timber Lake with a match-leading 13 kills. Kailee Webb added five kills, seven assists and two aces. Kathryn Biegler notched two aces on 12 of 12 serving. Skya Ducheneaux had a team-high eight assists.

Home games
The Lady Tigers will round out the home half of their regular season schedule with matches on Thursday and Monday.
The Lady Tigers will host the Sully Buttes Chargers on Thursday. Sully Buttes is 13-9 on the season and fresh off a 3-0 win over Stanley County. The Lady Tigers beat the Chargers 3-0 in Onida last season.
The home finale will have Potter County visiting the Bridge City on Monday. The 12-10 Battlers are on a three-match winning streak after beating Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 3-1 on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers beat the Battlers 2-1 at the CSDC tournament a couple weeks ago and swept them in Gettysburg last fall.

Aberdeen Roncalli (17-4)         24 25 25 25
Mobridge-Pollock (17-5)          26 22 16   5
Aberdeen Roncalli: Serving 95-100, 10 aces (Kate Heintzman 14-14-3, Taylor Hanson 20-21-2, Alyssa Wherry 19-21-2); Settng 156-158, 46 assists (Allie Lundquist 82-84-29, Heintzman 63-63-14); Hitting 125-149, 47 kills (Abby Dockter 29-35-15, Lindsey Hahler 25-26-10); Blocks (Dockter 5, Kristi Maag 2); Digs 47 (Wherry 17, Hanson 15).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 71-72, 4 aces (Maranda Wagner 17-17-2, Kady Pinney 15-16-1, Callie Slater 6-6-1); Setting 134-136, 23 assists (Slater 117-119-23, Aundrea Kramer 15-15); Hitting 68-83, 25 kills (Kayleigh Henderson 32-28-8, Ellie Rabenberg 23-38-6, Pinney 23-29-6); Blocks 2 (Henderson, Ariel Bieber); Digs 74 (Wagner 23, Rabenberg 16).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 26-28, 25-14, 15-2). C Match: Aberdeen Roncalli 25-10, 25-10.

Mobridge-Pollock (17-4)               25 25 25
Timber Lake (15-5)                       16 17 20
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 73-78, 15 aces (Ellie Rabenberg 14-15-5, Kayleigh Henderson 12-12-3, Kady Pinney 9-9-3); Setting 84-84, 26 assists (Callie Slater 77-78-26, Aundrea Kramer 7-7-3); Hitting 65-76, 30 kills (Pinney 22-25-11, Rabenberg 23-25-9, Ariel Bieber 12-13-4); Blocks 6 (Bieber 3, Henderson 2); Digs 43 (Maranda Wagner 15).
Timber Lake: Serving 51-56, 5 aces (Kathryn Biegler 12-12-2, Kailee Webb 9-11-2, Kristie Mettler 8-8-1); Setting 126-128, 15 assists (Skya Ducheneaux 44-45-8, Webb 53-54-7); Hitting 92-104, 26 kills (Mettler 27-30-13, Webb 12-13-5); Blocks 1.
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-18, 19-25, 15-8. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-17, 25-21.

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