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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Sophomore Madison Wilhelm finished with 32 kills -- including the decisive kill in the fifth set -- as the University of Great Falls topped Carroll College 3-2 on Friday for UGF's first Frontier Conference win of the season. UGF (10-7 overall, 1-2 Frontier) scored the first four points of the fifth set, but Carroll battled back to cut it to 9-8. UGF closed on a 6-2 run to finish the contest.

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Havre, Mont. – The Carroll College Saint volleyball team topped Montana State University-Northern 25-21, 23-25, 26-24 and 25-19 to move to 11-7 overall and 3-1 in Frontier Conference play Saturday afternoon in Havre.

Paige Montgomery had 14 kills to lead the Saints. Sarah Roshak added 13 kills and Crystal Schmidt tallied 11. 

Jonni Dorr tallied 34 assists for Carroll and Emily Burk added 18. Sydney Stolearcius led the Saints with 20 digs.

The saints held the Lights to a .028 hitting percentage in the first set to earn the victory. In the third set the Saint offense exploded with a .250 hitting percentage en route to a 26-24 win.

The Saints had their best hitting percentage in the fourth set. They tallied 21 kills for a .317 percentage for a 25-19 win.

The Saints host Montana Tech Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the PE Center.

VBBy Troy Shockley, Helena IR / Photo by Thom Bridge, IR

This one was never in doubt. Taking a break from Frontier Conference play, the Carroll College volleyball team hosted Walla Walla University at the PE Center. They weren't there long.

On the strength of an all-around effort Thursday night, the Saints swept the Wolves 3-0 with wins of 25-11, 25-9 and 25-18. The match took just over an hour to complete.

Several players -- including Kathleen Mulligan, Chrystal Schmidt and libero Rebecca Sweeney -- were able to sit after just one game, allowing younger players to get more playing time. As a result, 11 Saints recorded at least one kill in the win. Paige Montgomery led with seven, and the trio of Sarah Roshak, Kylie Dirham and Morehouse all picked up five apiece.

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SweeneyBy Troy Shockley, Helena IR // Photo right by Thom Bridge, IR

The pain, eventually, became too much. Game after game, match after match, year after year, the violent swings of her arm had piled up. Shoulder damage was the result, and Rebecca Sweeney’s volleyball future was in doubt.

Her shoulder screaming, there were really only a few options for Carroll College’s outside hitter. The first was surgery. But the second -- which, later, would seem so obvious -- was a position change.

“She had this inkling that she wasn’t going to come back to Carroll this year,” coach Moe Boyle said of her six-rotation leader. “So I was trying to think what I would do on the outside, and at the same time trying to figure out what I would do with our defense. And what kept coming to mind is how solid she was in the three rotations with her in the back row.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

One match down. The Carroll College volleyball team got its Frontier Conference schedule kicked off on Thursday with a sweep of visiting Montana Western. The Saints took wins of 25-17, 25-21 and 28-26 at the PE Center.

"It was great; it was nice to be home," coach Moe Boyle said. "Our conference is so difficult. Any night, any team can beat any other. You have to prepare for every team like they're the best team -- that's how our conference goes. To play on home court and get that first win, it's nice to start 1-0."

Leading the way for the Saints offensively were Sarah Roshak and Paige Montgomery, who each finished with a dozen kills. They were both extremely efficient as well, with Roshak hitting .417 and Montgomery finishing at .429. Crystal Schmidt (six) and Montgomery (five) led the blocking attack, while Rebecca Sweeney had a match-high 28 digs.

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