Third-ranked Winner proved too much for the Lady Tigers on Monday at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gym. The 11-1 Warriors defeated the Lady Tigers in straight sets 25-8, 25-13, 25-17.
Despite the one-sided loss, coach Rose Henderson was proud of the fight she saw in the Lady Tigers.
“I’m not disappointed,” said Henderson, “The first set was too easy, but we kept fighting.”
On this night the Lady Tigers played without middle hitter Landyn Henderson, who was on the sideline in a boot and using crutches. The makes the fourth injury, and the third ankle injury, the Lady Tigers have suffered already this season.
Henderson said that despite the ever-changing lineup, the Lady Tigers are keeping their heads up and getting better, and even a little healthier, every day.
“The girls’ chemistry is getting better,” said Henderson, “and they’re getting better and letting mistakes go.”
Hayley Borah led the Lady Tiger offense with five kills on 15 of 16 hitting. Megan Zahn and Jadin Monsen added four kills each. Caitlyn Claymore was 59 of 60 setting with 16 assists. Haley Brockel led the defense with 13 digs. Brockel and Emily Wientjes were each seven-for-seven serving with an ace.
Winner used a three-headed attacking monster to score points across the board. The Warriors pounded 42 kills with Morgan Hammerbeck and Abby Marts scoring 13 each and Ellie Brozik 12. Grace Littau and Brozik served three aces each. Mackenzie Levi and Addy Root combined for 35 assists.
The Lady Tigers went 2-2 at the Big Dakota Conference Tournament in Ft. Pierre on Saturday.
They went win-loss-win-loss on the day. The Lady Tigers defeated Crow Creek 25-21, 25-20 and Todd County 29-27, 25-21 and dropped matches to Stanley County 27-25, 19-25, 25-22 and Chamberlain 25-17, 25-19.
There are no other details because, quite frankly, yours truly and the coach forgot to talk about and get results for the day.
The Lady Tigers are going to be busy on the highway this week with road games on Thursday and Monday and the CSDC sandwiched in between.
It’s a lot of volleyball for a team beset with the injury bug, but Henderson said the Lady Tigers are coming together and better days are coming.
“They are all working hard,” said Henderson, “and as long as the attitude is good, we’ll be fine.”
The Lady Tigers travel to Lemmon on Thursday to take on the 5-2 Cowgirls.
This is the 58th meeting between the Lady Tigers and Cowgirls. The Lady Tigers own a 42-14-1 record in the series. Lemmon defeated the Lady Tigers 3-1 in Mobridge last year.
The Lady Tigers compete in the Central South Dakota Conference Tournament in Miller on Saturday. Miller, 12-2 and ranked second in state will be the favorite. The Lady Tigers took third in the CSDC tourney last year.
On Monday, the Lady Tigers head to Eagle Butte to meet up with 5-5 Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. The Lady Tigers and Braves are meeting at the net for the 57th time. The Lady Tigers have dominated with a 51-4-1 all-time record. The Lady Tigers beat the Braves 3-0 in the regular season and in Region 6A to run their winning streak against the Braves to 17 straight matches.
Winner (11-1) 25 25 25
Mobridge-Pollock (5-8) 8 13 17
Winner: Serving 7 aces (Grace Littau 3, Ellie Brozik 3); Setting 39 assists (Mackenzie Levi 21, Addy Root 14); Hitting 42 kills (Morgan Hammerbeck 13, Abby Marts 13, Brozik 12); Blocks 4 (Marts 2.5); Digs 31 (Kalla Bertram 13, Littau 8, Hammerbeck 8).
Mobridge-Pollock: Serving 37-39, 2 aces (Haley Brockel 7-7-1, Emily Wientjes 7-7-1); Setting 60-61, 16 assists (Caitlyn Claymore 59-60-16); Hitting 54-69, 16 kills (Hayley Borah 15-16-5, Megan Zahn 13-17-4, Jadin Monsen 8-12-4); Blocks 2 (Borah 1); Digs 33 (Brockel 13, Ragan Stoick 6, Ava Stoick 6).
JV Match: Winner 25-7, 25-18. C Match: Winner 25-23, 13-25, 15-8.