Bowman County opened their volleyball season on Tuesday, August 29 in Solberg Gymnasium. Both teams played excellent volleyball in the hot gym. Baker beat the Bulldogs in the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-16. The young women of Bowman County came back to win the next two sets 25-23, and 25-18. In the fifth match, Baker won by 15-9.
The Bulldogs returned defensive specialist Maury Burke, setter Kaylee Septon, middle hitter Ellie Stafford, middle hitter Kelsie Goodshield and outside hitter Cassidy Walby. Sophomores Kira Irons as outside hitter, Abby Smyle as opposite or right side hitter, and Jill Svihovec as setter also played on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs have been working hard to improve their offense. Bowman County had 35 kills, 18 of which were put up by junior, Stafford. Septon, a junior, led the team in assists with 19. Bowman’s serving game was led by sophomores, Svihovec with 3 aces and 96% in, followed by Ashlynn Dix, who came off the bench to serve in some clutch moments, putting up 2 aces and 100% in. Defensively, the team also looked great, with 13 blocks and 78 digs as a team. Svihovec, Walby, a senior and junior Burke put up 17, 16 and 15 digs respectively, and Goodshield led the team with 8 blocks.
Baker had 27 kills, 10 by senior Maddie Reddick. Macee Hadley, a sophomore, led the offense with 20 of 29 assists. Andie Batchelor, a junior led Baker with 3 aces of their 11. Defensively, Baker had 35 digs with Batchelor and junior Hannah Gonsioroski putting up 7 each. Katie Wang, a sophomore, had all 3 of Baker’s block.
Bowman County will work in the coming week to cut down on their errors to improve both their hitting and serving games and face off against the Harding County Ranchers next Tuesday, September 9. The young women of Bowman County appreciate the support of the community and invite you to come to see some hard hitting volleyball, with plenty of amazing digging, blocking, and kills.