Timber Lake seniors earn first-ever win over Lady Tigers
By Jay Davis
The Lady Tigers had a rough week with an 0-2 record. They were beaten 3-0 by Timber Lake on Thursday at home and swept again by Aberdeen Roncalli on Tuesday in Aberdeen.
“We’re playing pretty inconsistent right now,” said coach Keri Bolduan.
The Lady Panthers came to Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium with four seniors who were oh-for against the Lady Tigers. They left the gym with their first win over Mobridge-Pollock completed in 25-19, 25-20, 26-24 fashion.
“Timber Lake came to play and play they did,” said Bolduan.
Sets one and two were decided early. In set one, Timber Lake scored six straight points taking a 4-4 match and turning it into a 10-4 match. The Lady Panthers controlled the rest of set one. Set two was similar except that when tied at 4-4, the Lady Panthers scored the next seven points and took over.
The Lady Tigers looked to have found their game in set three. They led 21-15 only to have Timber Lake reel off five straight points to tie the match. After the teams went back and forth for a few points, Timber Lake took a 25-24 lead. When Kailee Webb pounded the match-ending point, she and fellow seniors Skya Ducheneaux, Courtney Dahlgren and Hayley Leibel had a big win they could cross off their high school volleyball bucket list.
Simply stated, “We gave up too many runs,” said Bolduan.
Kylee Wagner led the Lady Tigers at the net with 11 kills on 31 of 34 hitting. Ellie Rabenberg had an all-around night with five kills, five aces and 11 digs. Madison Rau added three aces. Becca Martin led setting with 14 assists. Maranda Wagner led the back row defense with 22 digs.
Webb led Timber Lake with a match-high 15 kills. Dahlgren had eight kills and 22 digs. Ducheneaux had 14 assists and four aces. Leibel added three aces.
The Lady Tigers never got it going in a 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 loss at Aberdeen Roncalli on Tuesday.
“We played flat,” said Bolduan. “We warmed up really well, we seemed composed and were hitting the ball really hard. In the match we didn’t hit much and when we did, Roncalli did a great job digging us.”
Rabenberg led the Lady Tigers with two aces, six kills and 11 digs. Kayleigh Henderson and Martin added two aces each. Aundrea Kramer and Kylee Wagner had four kills each. Cassi Heumiller and Martin combined for 15 assists. Maranda Wagner added nine digs.
Kate Heintzman led the Cavaliers with five aces on 23 of 24 serving and 18 assists on 52 of 52 hitting. Hailey Kline led all hitters with eight kills. Devin Livermont defended with 22 digs.
The Lady Tigers will have to try and turn things around on the road as they travel to visit a pair of old rivals. They play Sully Buttes in Onida on Thursday and Potter County in Gettysburg on Monday.
This will be the 45th meeting between the Lady Tigers and the Chargers.
Whoever wins will be the series leader, because it is all squared up at 21-21-2. The two teams have been playing since 1988. The Lady Tigers held a 15-10 lead in the series until the Chargers won 10 of 11 matches. The Lady Tigers have won five of the last six, including a 3-1 win in Mobridge last season.
The battle against the Battlers has always been tough. The two teams are meeting for the 54th time on Monday. The Lady Tigers hold a 29-24 edge in the series, but have won the last six to get to that lead. After the 2003 season, the Battlers were ahead 24-23.
The Lady Tigers and Battlers first clashed during the 1991-92 season. Mobridge won early and held a 12-2 lead in the rivalry, but the Battlers own the late ‘90s with eight straight wins. It has been a close rivalry ever since.
Mobridge-Pollock (16-6) 16 21 14
Aberdeen Roncalli (12-7) 25 25 25
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 48-54, 7 aces (Becca Martin 11-14-2, Ellie Rabenberg 8-8-2, Kayleigh Henderson 8-9-2); Setting 111-114, 16 assists (Cassi Heumiller 44-46-8, Martin 36-37-7); Hitting 89-114, 19 kills (Rabenberg 19-30-6, Aundrea Kramer 18-25-4, Kylee Wagner 10-13-4); Blocks 1 (Henderson); Digs 36 (Rabenberg 11, Maranda Wagner 9).
Aberdeen Roncalli: Serving 68-74, 10 aces (Kate Heintzman 23-24-5, Hailey Kline 7-7-1); Setting 83-83, 21 assists (Heintzmann 52-52-18, Mackenzie Martin 31-31-3); Hitting 77-93, 25 kills (Kline 26-30-8, Marian Goetz 24-25-8); Blocks 2; Digs 60 (Devin Livermont 22).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-22, 25-22.
Timber Lake (16-5) 25 25 26
Mobridge-Pollock (16-5) 19 20 24
Timber Lake: Serving 64-71, 11 aces (Skya Ducheneaux 12-13-4, Hayley Leibel 20-22-3, Courtney Dahlgren 9-9-1); Setting 115-115, 23 assists (Ducheneaux 61-61-14, Kyra Holzer 45-45-8); Hitting 133-144, 30 kills (Kailee Webb 41-44-15, Dahlgren 36-39-8, Jordan Bickel 18-19-4); Blocks 2 (Bickel 1.5); Digs 78 (Dahlgren 22).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 48-54, 10 aces (Ellie Rabenberg 14-15-5, Madison Rau 8-10-3, Maranda Wagner 9-9-1); Setting 151-154, 21 assists (Becca Martin 92-94-14, Cassi Heumiller 33-34-5); Hitting 110-136, 29 kills (Kylee Wagner 31-34-11, Rabenberg 21-27-5, Kayleigh Henderson 14-17-5); Blocks 4 (Henderson 2); Digs 52 (M. Wagner 22, Rabenberg 11).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-13, 22-25, 15-7.