The Bowman County volleyball team found out what having “a tiger by the tail” is all about.
By DICK NUNEZ
Special to the Pioneer
Posted on October 5, 2012
It did not take long for New England to show its dominance. Leading the way in the 1st game were Bryanna Rasch, a 5’10” senior, and Ashley Plaggemeyer, a 6’1” junior. They routinely controlled the net with kills and blocks. Gabbi Hanson, a 5’8” junior, played an overall strong 1st game, contributing all over the court. For the Bulldogs, Brittany Hansey, a 5’7” junior and Macy Smyle, a 5’10” junior both played well. Smyle made a diving save that drew a large reaction from the Bowman faithful, but it would not be enough as New England held onto a 25-13 win.
In game 2, the Bulldogs started strong, taking an 8-6 lead, and forcing the Tigers into numerous unforced errors. The Tigers dug in and stormed back to a 12-11 lead. The Bulldogs fought back and took over the lead at 15-14. Numerous long and competitive points were played, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, New England won most of the points taking a 20-16 lead. Hanson pounded down a kill to make it a commanding 24-19 lead. Needing just one more point for the win, the Tigers had to hold off a very determined Bowman County who pulled within 1 at 24-23. But, the Tigers held on to a 25-23 victory.
It seemed that the hard fought comeback for the Bulldogs left them drained after falling just short in game 2. For the Tigers, game 1 might have been a little too easy as they seemed to lose a little of their intensity in game 2. However, volleyball is definitely a game in which momentum can swing instantly one way or another. The Tigers were able to hold firm when they most needed to. For the Bulldogs, had they won game 2, it would have been a huge confidence builder. The loss seemed to dampen their spirits going into game 3.
Game 3 was all about the Tigers. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The game saw an incredible save by Taylor Hewson, a 5’7” sophomore for the Tigers after Smyle pounded down what appeared to be a sure winner for the Bulldogs. The final score for game 3 was a very lopsided 25-8 victory for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs were paced in kills by Morgan Woodley. Haley Sabe led the way in digs with 11, while Nicole Carlson had 8, and Sierra Irons 7. Woodley and Karly Palczewski both had 3 assists .Hansey led the team in blocks with 3, Smyle and Carlson both contributed with 2.
For New England, Rasch led the way in kills with 9, Hewson and Hanson each had 4.Rasch, Maddie Humleker, and Hannah Nordby all had 7 digs. Hanson and Volk both had 9 assists. Plaggemeyer paced the team in blocks with 3. Volk dominated the ace department with 9.