Lady Tigers win cross-county rivalry
By Jay Davis
With Walworth/Campbell County bragging rights on the line, the Lady Tigers came up with their best play of the year in defeating Herreid-Selby Area 3-1 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Monday.
“We had a few hiccups, but once again we regrouped and came away with the victory,” said coach Keri Bolduan. “I thought our defense played really strong.”
The Lady Tigers won the opening set 25-18. Herreid-Selby Area battled back for a 25-20 win in set two. Set three was tied at 11 when the Lady Tigers took over. Two kills by Alexis Frey and two more my Kayleigh Henderson sparked a 6-1 run and the Lady Tigers never looked back. Mobridge-Pollock went on to win set three 25-19 and set four 25-14.
The power serve game played a huge role in the Lady Tiger win. Not only did it produce 14 aces; the strong serving also prevented the Wolverines from getting clean sets and passes that could be turned into offensive attacks.
“We are a very aggressive serving team,” said Bolduan. “We had a few more errors than we wanted, but we did make up for all of them but one with our aces.”
It was an all-around night for the Lady Tigers. The offense was balanced with three players having eight or more kills. The defense held Herreid-Selby Area to 22 kills, while the Lady Tigers pounded out 37 kills.
Bolduan cited Henderson and libero Maranda Wagner as having strong nights.
“Kayleigh played strong at the net both hitting and blocking,” said Bolduan. “Maranda had a great night digging. She got into position and got the ball up for our setter to set up the hitters.”
But really, it was a night where every Lady Tiger took a turn at having shining moments.
“It is nice to know that you have consistent players in all six spots on the floor,” said Bolduan. “We are very proud of how the girls stuck together and worked hard to come away with the victory.”
Henderson led at the net with 11 kills and three blocks. Ellie Rabenberg had 10 kills and Kylee Wagner had eight. Becca Martin dished out 28 assists and led all servers with five aces. Chelsey Hoffman added three aces. Rabenberg and Maranda Wagner combined for 18 digs.
Haylee Biel led Herreid-Selby Area with 11 kills, seven blocks and 18 digs. Jana Thorstenson added three kills and 2.5 blocks. Kara Thorstenson and Grace Russell split setting duties with 10 assists each. Tiffany Holder and Kara Thorstenson had two aces each.
One night after the big home win, the Lady Tigers could not muster the same kind of play. They lost their first match of the season, 3-1 to Groton Area in Groton.
Groton came out quick with 25-11 and 25-14 wins. The Lady Tigers rallied for a 25-23 win, but could not keep the momentum going in a 28-26 loss.
“We had a tough night,” said Bolduan. “We started out really slow. Off night for us for sure.”
The Lady Tigers had just 30 kills and two aces after putting up big numbers on Monday.
“We had 13 service errors and 36 hitting errors,” said Bolduan. “We had difficulty putting runs together. We just need to learn from tonight and move on.”
Rabenberg led up front with nine kills. Kramer had six. Martin dished out 20 assists. Maranda Wagner had 10 digs and was 11 of 11 serving with an ace.
Kylee Hawkins and Amanda Sippel combined for 23 kills to lead Groton Area.
The Lady Tigers have just one match this week. They will host McIntosh on Thursday. Junior varsity play starts at 6:30 p.m.
With their win over McIntosh on Saturday, the Lady Tigers now hold a 30-5-2 record in the all-time series. The two Tigers teams began squaring off during the 1990-91 season and have played at least once per season since. Mobridge-Pollock is currently on a 10-match win streak. The last McIntosh win came in 2006.
Saturday, the Lady Tigers will compete in the Big Dakota Conference in Ft. Pierre. The Lady Tigers finished third last year.
Then on Monday, the Ipswich Tigers come to the Bridge City with JV action starting at 6:30 p.m.
Mobridge-Pollock has been on a roll against Ipswich with a 14-4 record all-time and a 12-match winning streak. The Lady Tigers beat Ipswich 3-1 in Ipswich last season.
Herreid-Selby Area (7-2) 18 25 19 14
Mobridge-Pollock (8-0) 25 20 25 25
Herreid-Selby Area: Serving 53-61, 6 aces (Tiffany Holder 10-11-2, Kara Thorstenson 8-9-2, Haylee Biel 10-10-1, Jana Thorstenson 10-11-1); Setting 115-121, 22 assists (K. Thorstenson 51-53-10, Grace Russell 47-49-10); Hitting 104-123, 22 kills (Biel 37-44-11, J. Thorstenson 23-29-3, McKenzie Reierson 9-10-3); Blocks 11 (Biel 7, J. Thorstenson 2.5); Digs 89 (Abbey Fjeldheim 24, Biel 18, J. Thorstenson 14).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 80-95, 14 aces (Becca Martin 17-21-5, Chelsy Hoffman 15-19-3, Maranda Wagner 11-11-2); Setting 146-154, 31 assists (Martin 115-120-28); Hitting 111-139, 37 kills (Kayleigh Henderson 27-31-11, Ellie Rabenberg 22-31-10, Kylee Wagner 18-23-8); Blocks 4 (Henderson 3, K. Wagner); Digs 27 (Rabenberg 10, M. Wagner 8).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-19, 25-22. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-14, 25-14.
Mobridge-Pollock (8-1) 11 14 25 26
Groton Area (3-2) 25 25 23 28
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 63-76, 2 aces (Maranda Wagner 11-11-1, Kayleigh Henderson 17-17); Setting 175-181, 27 assists (Becca Martin 125-128-20, Chelsy Hoffman 19-19-5); Hitting 110-146, 30 kills (Ellie Rabenberg 31-40-9, Aundrea Kramer 21-24-6); Blocks 2 (Hoffman 2, Kylee Wagner); Digs 33 (M. Wagner 10, Rabenberg 7).
Groton Area: Serving 88-98, 7 aces (Camille Sippel 17-18-3, Courtney Kurtz 19-21-2); Setting 122-128, 32 assists (Kurtz 117-121-32); Hitting 106-136, 48 kills (Kylie Hawkins 26-31-12, Sippel 25-34-11, Halle Dohman 19-24-9); Blocks 2; Digs 28 (Sippel 6, Skyler Bonn 6).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-17, 25-18. C Match: Groton Area 25-14, 25-22.