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BUTTE, Mont. - Carroll College volleyball rode strong defense to a three-set sweep of Montana Tech for its third consecutive victory Thursday evening at Kelvin Sampson Court.

The Saints held the Orediggers to a .167 hitting percentage and tallied 49 digs on the match.

“It was a great team effort to come into Butte and get the sweep,” head coach Moe Boyle said. “The team had great composure and we served very well.”

Carroll started the match with a dominant win 25-15 win in the first set. The Saints hit .379 while holding Montana Tech to .167.

The Saints won the first game easily, but the second set was a battle. Carroll came out on top 26-24. Tech had their best set but the Saints had 15 kills to Tech’s 15 and Carroll had a .333 hitting percentage.

In the fourth set, the Carroll defense again stepped up the pressure to hold the Orediggers to a .080 hitting percentage en route to a 25-21 match closing win.

Kathleen Mulligan led the Saints with 11 kills and had an individual hitting percentage of .385.

“Kathleen had a great night offensively,” Boyle said. “She has played tremendously over the past three matches.”

Another bright spot was Holly Morehouse who had two individual blocks and two block assists.

“Holly was a wall in the third set,” Boyle said. “Their hitters didn’t know how to respond and to what she was doing and she really created havoc in their attack.”

The Saints play their final road match of the season Saturday at Lewis-Clark State College before returning home to host No. 1 Rocky Mountain for Senior day on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Rayna Pilgeram followed in the footsteps in her parents Wednesday when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play Volleyball for the Carroll College Fighting Saints.

The 5-11 setter is the daughter of Carroll Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Pilgeram and Candice Pilgeram who played basketball for the Saints for two seasons.

The younger Pilgeram earned second-team All-State honors at Capital High School last season and holds the school record for assists in a match at 45.

“Rayna has so much untapped potential,” head coach Moe Boyle said.  “She's very good at the high school level and yet she has a lot of ability that she will grow into over her four years at Carroll.”

Pilgeram's height will make a big impact in the Carroll lineup.

 “She is extremely athletic and her height will give her the ability to play above the net,” Boyle said. “When your setter is that tall it is better for the hitters and it will give her opportunities to attack which will keep opposing defenses on edge and really help our offense.”

Pilgeram was also a three-year Academic All-State Honoree with a 3.95 GPA. She was also on the honor roll all four years, is a member of the National Honor Society and received Rotary Student of the Month honors and was a KFBB Senior Spotlight Recipient.

“I couldn't ask for more from a student-athlete,” Boyle said. “Rayna is a perfect fit for Carroll College. She can balance athletics with the academic rigors at Carroll. We are incredibly excited to see her in purple and gold.”

The Saints have three games remaining in their regular season schedule starting with Montana Tech Thursday night in Butte at 7 p.m.

HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College Saints volleyball team cruised to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-13 victory over MSU-Northern Saturday night at the PE Center in Helena.

The Saints Kathleen Mulligan scored a match-high 11 kills And Jonni Dorr tallied 21 assists to lead Carroll. Rebecca Sweeney had a game-high 12 digs.

The Saints managed a match .363 hitting percentage including hitting percentages over .400 in the first and third sets.

The Skylights were held to a match.061 percentage.

Carroll (15-10, 7-4 FC) is on the road for two of their final three matches. The Saints play Montana Tech and Lewis-Clark before returning home to face No. 1 Rocky Mountain in the season finale on Nov. 7.

Crystal SchmidtHELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College volleyball team looked to be on their last legs. The University of Great Falls dominated the first two sets of Thursday night’s match and owned the momentum going into the third.

Carroll head Coach Moe Boyle knew something had to be done and it would have to be drastic.

“We completely changed our lineup after the second game,” Boyle said. “We went back to the lineup we started the season with. We needed something that we had been successful with, something that was familiar.”

The lineup makeover paid big dividends. After tallying a 0.000 hitting percentage in the second set, the Saints exploded with a  .368 hitting percentage in the third set and a .415 hitting percentage in the fourth.

“We talked to the girls about building momentum point to point and sometimes we, as coaches, disrupt that with subs,” Boyle said.  “Tonight we found the right mix of players and let the momentum build.”

Carroll won the third set 25-17 and the fourth set 25-22 to force a fifth set.

The Saints and Argos battled point for point in the fifth set. UGF held a 10-9 lead in the final before the Saints went on a 6-2 run to earn the victory 15-12.

Kathleen Mulligan led the Saints with 15 kills, Sarah Roshak earned 13 kills and Calli Prestwood added 11. Jonni Dorr led Carroll with 30 assists and Rebecca Sweeney had a team-high 22 digs.

The Saints will look to build on the momentum when they face MSU-Northern at 6 p.m. Saturday at the PE Center.

 

By Kyle Sample, Helena IR

Carroll College coach Moe Boyle needed a break. So, too, did her volleyball team.

Twelve days ago, Carroll traveled to Rocky Mountain College for a match with the top-ranked Bears and a chance to announce its presence to the Frontier Conference and, more broadly, the NAIA. Following a quick sweep, the Saints left Billings disappointed and without another match for nearly two weeks. But Boyle, in her 10th season leading the Saints, has no problem with the break.

“We’ve spent so much time in the gym together that at some point you need a break, I need a break and they need a break from me -- for sure,” Boyle said with a telling grin. “Without school and without volleyball, you hope they can free their mind and start fresh. This is the second half of the season, so we’re hoping for a new fresh start.”

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