By Jay Davis
The Lady Tigers ended the regular season with a 3-1 win over Leola-Frederick at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Thursday.
Mobridge-Pollock put an end to a five-match losing streak by handing the Titans a 25-14, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14 defeat.
“It was a huge win for us,” said coach Keri Bolduan.
The Lady Tigers got off to a sluggish start and trailed 9-6 early in the first set. That all changed when Ellie Rabenberg stepped to the service line. Rabenberg ripped off five straight aces to get things going. She added two more aces, along with kills by Kylee Wagner and Alexis Frey, as the team went on a 10-0 run to turn the match around. Leola-Frederick did not threaten again in the opener.
“Ellie’s play was big for us,” said Bolduan.
Another slow start put the Lady Tigers in a hole they could not dig out of in dropping the second set. Mackenzie Heilman was huge for the Titans with five kills and four blocks in the set.
The Lady Tigers jumped out quickly with a 10-1 run to start set three. Aundrea Kramer had two aces to help jumpstart the team. Leola-Frederick rallied late to draw within two at 20-18 before a Rabenberg kill and a Chelsy Hoffman ace helped push the Lady Tigers back in front.
Set four was close with the Lady Tigers leading 14-13 when Kramer got hot with six kills as Mobridge-Pollock closed the night out with an 11-1 run.
“Aundrea was on fire,” said Bolduan.
Rabenberg led the Lady Tigers with 13 kills, eight aces and 14 digs. Kramer finished with 10 kills and five aces. Kayleigh Henderson and Kylee Wagner combined for another 17 kills. Becca Martin was 28 of 28 serving with eight kills and added 12 assists. Cassi Heumiller had a team-high 13 assists. Maranda Wagner led the defense with 25 digs.
Mackenzie Heilman led Leola-Frederick with 12 kills and seven blocks. Chandler Ellwein had eight kills. Taylor Kindelspire had 25 assists. Lexi Thayer and Katie Goehring combined for 25 digs.
Leola-Frederick (7-20) 14 25 20 14
Mobridge-Pollock (17-9) 25 22 25 25
Leola-Frederick: Serving 65-71, 3 aces (Taylor Kindelspire 17-17-2, Katie Goehring 15-16, Chandler Ellwein 13-14); Setting 91-91, 29 assists (Kindelspire 86-86-25); Hitting 92-105, 33 kills (Mackenzie Heilman 28-31-12, Chandler Ellwein 24-26-8, Goehring 17-23-5); Blocks 8 (Heilman 7); Digs 50 (Lexi Thayer 13, Goehring 12).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 88-94, 22 aces (Becca Martin 28-28-8, Ellie Rabenberg 13-16-8, Aundrea Kramer 17-18-5); Setting 126-130, 25 assists (Cassi Heumiller 44-45-13, Becca Martin 51-54-12); Hitting 102-121, 49 kills (Rabenberg 20-26-13, Kramer 14-16-10, Kayleigh Henderson 20-26-9, Kylee Wagner 8 kills); Blocks 11 (Henderson 5, Chelsy Hoffman 3); Digs 60 (Maranda Wagner 25, Rabenberg 14).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-20, 25-18. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-11, 25-14.