Eureka/Bowdle rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Lady Tigers at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gym on Tuesday.
With the 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-5 win, the Patriots beat Mobridge-Pollock for the first time ever. The Lady Tigers were 15-0 all-time against Eureka/Bowdle before the Patriots’ stunning turnaround.
“Good for Eureka/Bowdle,” said coach Rose Henderson. “They played defense and kept the ball in play.”
The Lady Tigers were in charge of the first two sets, but were giving as much as they were taking. The majority of the points came when the Lady Tigers hit the ball successfully or when they failed to get the ball across the net. Eureka/Bowdle was content to play defense and let the Lady Tigers force the action.
With set three tied at 21-21, the Patriots scored on back-to-back kills. The Lady Tigers scored one point, but then lost the set on two straight errors.
The Lady Tigers trailed 20-18 in set four and had the serve, but could not take advantage. A service error started the Patriots on a run to win, but four of the five Patriot points came on Lady Tiger mistakes.
By set five, momentum was fully on the visitors’ side of the net. The Patriots scored more offensive points in the 15-point set then they had in any of the 25-point sets. Heidi Stiklestad, the Patriots’ 5-foot, 11-inch middle hitter, led the with two kills and a block during the final set run.
Henderson said it’s obvious the Lady Tigers have a lot of work to do.
“We need to figure out our hitting,” said Henderson. “We’re working on our offense. We’ll figure it out.”
She added that the Lady Tigers did not lose because of a lack of effort.
“No, the effort was there,” said Henderson. “We were aggressive, but maybe too aggressive. We have to learn to pick our spots. We made a lot of errors.”
Statistically, the game looks like one the Lady Tigers should have dominated. Mobridge-Pollock had 31 kills and 17 aces, compared to just 16 kills and three aces for the Patriots.
The Lady Tigers are 0-3 for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
The Lady Tigers will not get the benefit of trying to fix their problems through practice. They will be in the House on the Hill Thursday evening and all day Saturday.
“It’s going to be a quick turnaround,” said Henderson. “We’re going to have to figure it out. The girls are working hard. They’ll figure it out.”
Leola-Frederick comes to the Bridge City on Thursday. The first of three matches starts at 6 p.m.
The Lady Tigers are on a long win streak against the Titans, in fact, the Lady Tigers have won the last 12 matches and hold a 15-4 lead in the all-time series.
The annual Mobridge-Pollock Invitational volleyball is Saturday, with first serves coming at 10 a.m. The Lady Tigers are the six-time defending champions. To win a seventh straight, the Lady Tigers will have to best contenders Eureka/Bowdle, Faulkton Area, Timber Lake, Faith, Edmunds Central, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and McIntosh.
Eureka/Bowdle (2-4) 22 21 25 25 15
Mobridge-Pollock (0-3) 25 25 22 20 5
Eureka/Bowdle: Serving 90-100, 3 aces (Megan Weber 26-28-3); Setting 44-58 (Payton Eisenbeisz 22-23, Michaela Kappes 22-25); Hitting 48-60, 16 kills (Heidi Stiklestad 19-21-9, Hunter Ellis 15-21-5); Blocks 11 (Stiklestad 9, Ellis 2).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 85-97, 17 aces (Alex Steiger 23-24-6, Molly Lahren 23-25-4); Setting 133-133, 27 assists (Steiger 124-124-26); Hitting 92-122, 31 kills (Hayley Borah 22-27-10, Hannah Gushwa 18-22-8); Blocks 5 (Borah 3.5).
JV Match: Mobridge-Pollock 25-23, 25-23. C Match: Mobridge-Pollock 14-25, 25-15, 15-10.