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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

The Carroll College volleyball team will return to Helena with a 3-1 record after a Saturday split in Des Moines, Iowa. The Saints opened their day with a three-game sweep of Olivet Nazarene, but then fell in four, hard-fought games to No. 6 Grand View.

In the opener -- won 25-13, 25-17, 25-19 -- the team finished with numbers spread across the sheet in a steady, balanced effort. Rebecca Sweeney led with 17 digs, while Madeleine Fey contributed 11. Jonni Dorr (19) and Emily Burk (17) split up the assists, while Calli Prestwood had a team-high 10 kills to go along with the seven from both Sarah Roshak and Kathleen Mulligan. At the net defensively, Roshak had five blocks while Mulligan and Crystal Schmidt each had three.

Against Grand View, Carroll opened with a 25-23 win. The host school, though, won the next three, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Carroll volleyball got off to a great start in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday -- and got a little payback, too. The Saints opened their season with a pair of wins, first beating St. Francis in three games before taking down Trinity Christian in four. In the season opener, Carroll won a tightly contested match, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21.

"I think we were behind the whole first set," coach Moe Boyle said. "It always felt like we were four behind, three behind, and just couldn't quite catch a rhythm."

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

As teams are wont to do in every sport, at the start of every season, Carroll volleyball has some holes to fill. But despite the departure of several key seniors, the Saints return a veteran team and are excited to get the year started. They'll do that today in Des Moines, Iowa, where they will take on St. Francis at 2 p.m. and Trinity Christian at 8.

Saturday will be busy as well, with Carroll taking on Olivet Nazarene at noon and Grand View at 4 p.m.

"It's kind of exciting just to get going like that out of the gate," coach Moe Boyle said. "I think we'll find out pretty quickly what kind of team we have. It's nice not to play just one match a week, like football has. If we have something that goes well tomorrow at 2, it will go well again at 8. And if we have something to correct, we can do it over the next few hours."

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Derek Opina and Jake Jones from KFBB previews the Saints Volleyball season. Click to watch the video.

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Carroll College head volleyball coach Moe Boyle announced the final signing of the 2014-15 class as middle blocker Crystal Schmidt, formerly of Blue Mountain Community College has committed to the Fighting Saints. 

The 6-foot Hermiston, Ore. product comes to Helena with numerous accolades and exceptional playing experience at the community college level.

“Crystal has already demonstrated uncommon maturity and is the type of leader who understands winning and will make an immediate impact for us on the court and in the locker room,” Boyle said.

At Blue Mountain (Pendleton, Ore.), Schmidt was a key contributor on two NWAACC championship teams and was selected to the 1st team NWAACC during both campaigns as well as garnering 1st team All-America honors as a sophomore.

“We are so excited to have Crystal in the fold.  She will be able to step in upfront and provide us with exceptional ability, experience and a winning attitude,” Boyle said.

As a sophomore, Schmidt ranked third in the NWAACC in hitting percentage (.379) and tallied 367 kills in 57 sets.  Schmidt’s 3.25 kills per set and 48 blocks were crucial to the Timberwolves success.

To cap her community college career off, Schmidt was recognized as the 2013 Baden Athlete of the Year for Volleyball.

Prior to attending Blue Mountain, Schmidt was a standout three-sport athlete at Hermiston High School in basketball, track and field and volleyball.

Schmidt will study business administration at Carroll and is considering competing in track and field once she is settled in on the hilltop.

“I hope to bring a calm, collected presence to the team and help us make a statement this season in the league and hopefully nationals,” Schmidt said. 

Schmidt is the Fighting Saints fifth and final signing of the offseason.  Schmidt joins Marija Nicksic, Mallory Arbizzani, Holly Morehouse and Catherine Sloan as the new faces coming to Carroll this fall.

“We definitely improved with our signings.  The players coming in will move us in a positive direction and with the maturity of our freshman class, we will be further along then where we left off last season,” Boyle said.

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