Lady Dawgs keep it close, but fall to Wildfire

Abby Smyle goes up for the ball against Mott-Regent.
(Photo by Jason Waskiewicz/For The Pioneer)

If there were overtime periods in volleyball, this one could have been one for the record books.

The Wildfire came to visit the Bulldogs during Bowman County’s homecoming week. Mott-Regent came out on top, winning 3-2, earning their first win of the 2017 season.

Pioneer Editor

Each set of the 5-set game was close, with each one being decided by four points or less.

The first set was telling as to how close this game would be. Each team go close to the 25-point threshold, before the two squads started exchanging point for point. Ultimately the Wildfire came out on top 28-26.

Bowman County got a win in the second set, evening the score. But the second set too forced the Bulldogs to score 26 to secure their victory.

The Wildfire won the third set with a two-point margin, 25-23.

The fourth set, decided by the widest margin of the game, was won by Bowman County 25-21. With the series even at two, a fifth set was played. The Bulldogs kept it close with their regional foes, but the Wildfire put up 16 points in that final set, and came away with their first victory of the season.

Sophomores Abby Smyle and Jill Svihovec each lead the team with two aces. Juniors Elyse Paulson, Shelby Schmalz, and sophomore Kira Irons each had one ace. Junior Ellie Stafford led the team in kills with 22, junior Kelsie Goodshield was second with 10. Svihovec tallied 41 assists with Smyle coming in second on the team with six. Senior Cassidy Walby had 31 digs, coming in second was Svihovec with 23.

GAME STATS—Ace: Smyle (2), Paulson (1), Irons (1), Schmalz (1). Kill: Stafford (22), Goodshield (10), Smyle (7), Irons (6), Ashlynn Dix (6), Walby (2). Assist: Svihovec (41), Smyle (6), Schmalz (1). Digs: Walby (31), Svihovec (23), Maury Burke (16), Irons (14), Smyle (10), Dix (8), Stafford (6), Paulson (1), Goodshield (1), Schmalz (1).


•(L 2-3) @Glen Ullin/Hebron – Oct. 3

Ace: Elyse Paulson (2), Jill Svihovec (2), Smyle (1). Kill: Stafford (25), Cassidy Walby (8), Ashlynn Dix (5), Kira Irons (5), Smyle (2), Svihovec (2), Goodshield (2). Assist: Svihovec (34), Smyle (8), Stafford (1). Dig: Maury Burke (28), Walby (20), Smyle (18), Svihovec (17), Irons (14), Stafford (4), Dix (4), Goodshield (3), Paulson (1), Ashlie Roen (1).

•(Winners – Varsity Beach Tournament – Oct. 7)

Gm 1 v. Fairview (W2-0)

Gm. 2 v. Beach (W 2-1)

Gm. 3 v. Bison (W 2-0)

Gm. 4 v. Wibaux (W 1-1)

Gm. 5 v. Dickinson High (W 2-0)

Gm. 6 v. Richardton Taylor (L 1-1)

TOURNAMENT STATS—Ace: Shelby Schmalz (7), Cassidy Walby (6), Jill Svihovec (4), Abby Smyle (2), Ashlynn Dix (2), Elyse Paulson (2), Maury Burke (2). Kill: Ellie Stafford (50), Walby (19), Goodshield (18), Dix (6), Smyle (5), Irons (4), Svihovec (3). Assist: Svihovec (69), Smyle (15), Burke (1). Dig: Burke (40), Svihovec (36), Smyle (32), Walby (31), Irons (16), Dix (14), Schmalz (5), Stafford (2), Goodshield (2), Paulson (1), Roen (1).