Home opener a success for Lady Tigers
By Jay Davis
The Lady Tigers opened the home half of the schedule with a bang, rolling past Eureka-Bowdle 3-0 at Mobridge-Pollock Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers started slowly, but started to dominate the match midway through the first set. After the set was tied at 7-7, the Lady Tigers pulled away to win 25-16. The separation grew wider as the sets went on with Mobridge-Pollock winning 25-12 and 25-8.
“We started a little sluggish,” said coach Keri Bolduan, “just like we ended practice the day before.”
A time out suggestion got the Lady Tigers going.
“I told them whenever a free ball comes we have to take advantage,” said Bolduan. “The girls did a great job with it after that.”
The Lady Tigers took advantage and spent most of the night with an attacking offense. By match’s end, Mobridge-Pollock had 35 kills to just five for the Patriots.
The Lady Tigers found a hot hitter in each set. Kayleigh Henderson had four of her nine kills in the first set. Aundrea Kramer knocked down half of her 10 kills in the second set. Ellie Rabenberg smacked four of her eight kills in the third set.
Rabenberg got in a serving zone in the third set also with four aces. She finished with six of the Lady Tigers’ 15 aces. Becca Martin had three, Kramer had two and Chelsy Hoffman had two. Martin set for 30 assists.
Sierra Stotz led Eureka-Bowdle with three kills. Celeste LaCoursiere had two aces. Theresa Kolar led the defense with six digs and two blocks.
The Lady Tigers will host the annual Mobridge-Pollock Invitational volleyball tournament at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday. The 10-team tournament starts at 9 a.m.
The Lady Tigers are the two-time defending champs. Winning a third straight will hold a different challenge because this year’s tourney falls the day after the homecoming football game.
“The girls need to get their rest and be ready to go,” said Bolduan.
Although she does not feel the homecoming festivities will deter the Lady Tigers from their intended goal.
“They’re excited,” said Bolduan. “They want to win it.”
There will be little time for rest after the tournament as the Lady Tigers host Herreid-Selby Area on Monday and travel to Groton on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers and Wolverines have met five times since both teams had a Walworth-Campbell merger. The Lady Tigers lead the series 3-2. The teams split two matches last year. The Lady Tigers beat the Wolverines 2-0 in the Mobridge-Pollock Invitational championship match before Herreid-Selby Area won in Selby 3-1.
The franchises have a deeper history than just five matches. Selby Area got the better of the Lady Tigers winning 11 of 18 games between 1999 and 2009, but the Lady Tigers got the better of Herreid (2-0) and Campbell County (2-0) before the co-ops started.
The Lady Tigers have been playing Groton Area since the beginning of volleyball in 1988 and have dominated the series. The Lady Tigers won the first 10 games of the series and hold a 21-8 lead all-time after beating Groton Area in straight sets last season.
Eureka-Bowdle (1-5) 16 12 8
Mobridge-Pollock (3-0) 25 25 25
Eureka-Bowdle: Serving 29-25, 2 aces (Celeste LaCoursiere 7-7-2, Theresa Kolar 5-5); Setting 9 assists (Allie Hilgemann 5); Hitting 15-22, 5 kills (Sierra Stotz 8-11-3); Blocks 2 (Kolar 2); Digs 25 (Kolar 6).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 65-74, 15 aces (Ellie Rabenberg 12-14-6, Becca Martin 7-11-3, Aundrea Kramer 18-18-2); Setting 84-87, 30 assists (Martin 80-82, 30); Hitting 62-77, 35 kills (Kramer 13-17-10, Kayleigh Henderson 18-19-9, Rabenberg 14-17-8); Blocks 7 (Kramer 2, Henderson 2); Digs 10 (Maranda Wagner 3).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-19, 33-35, 15-3. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-20, 25-19.