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.”
HELENA, Mont. – Carroll College volleyball overcame two sluggish sets to earn a five-set victory over Lewis-Clark at the PE Center Saturday afternoon.
Kathleen Mulligan had 16 kills and to lead the Saint attack and Sarah Roshak added 12. Jonni Dorr led Carroll with 24 assists and Natalie Kassa had 15 digs to pace the Saints.
Carroll took the first two sets in convincing fashion. CC won the first set 25-16 and the second 25-22.
In the third set, the Saints led early but fell 25-23. In the fourth set, LCSC dominated from the first serve take a 9-1 early lead before the Saints responded. The Warriors won the set 25-15.
With the match now tied and momentum squarely on the Warriors side, the Saints needed a something to turn the tides. The answer came from Calli Prestwood. Prestwood served 10-straight points for the Saints en route to a 15-5 win in the fifth set.
Caroll moves into sole position of the second spot in the Frontier Conference with a 13-7 record and a 5-1 Frontier Conference mark. Lewis-Clark sits right behind the Saints with a 3-2 Frontier record (8-7 overall).
Carroll next faces No. 1 Rocky Mountain in Billings on Friday Oct. 3. Rocky is 6-0 in Frontier Conference play.
HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College Saints defeated rival Montana Tech 3-1 in a tightly contested Frontier Conference match, Wednesday night at the PE Center in Helena.
The win moves Carroll to 12-7 overall and 5-1 in Frontier Conference play. Montana Tech falls to 7-9 and 2-2 in conference.
The Saints won the first set 25-21. The hit .241 and held the Orediggers to a .086 percentage.
In the second set, the Saints and Diggers battled form the first serve to the last. The Diggers held a 26-25 advantage before the Saint won three-straight points to claim the set 28-26.
The Saints began the week with a lineup change. They moved freshman Molly Morehouse into the starting lineup and head coach Moe Boyle doesen’t think her team has fully adjusted to the new rotation.
“Tech is an extremely scrappy,” Boyle said. “A lot of balls that would have gone to floor against other teams just didn’t against tech. You are constantly on defense but we changed the lineup this week and we just aren’t totally comfortable yet.”
The Saints trailed by seven points in the third set but came back to take a 23-22 lead. This time it was Montana Tech’s turn to win the last three points.
The two teams had an identical .188 hitting percentage in the third frame but the Saints stepped on the gas pedal in the fourth.
“I think the energy changed from game three to game four,” Boyle said. “We went point-for-point with them for most of the match but we came alive in the fourth set and it was spurred by some great blocking.”
Carroll came out on fire and never looked back en route to a 25-19 win to close out the match.
Sarah Roshak and Calli Prestwood led the Saints with 12 kills apiece and Kathleen Mulligan added 11 kills on just 22 attacks.
Emily Burk had 68 assists for the Saints Jonni Dorr was right on her heels with 67 assists. Rebecca Sweeney had 27 Digs to set the tone for the Carroll backline.
Paige Montgomery was also impressive with 12 block assists and a solo block.
The Saints host Lewis-Clark on Saturday afternoon at the PE Center. The Warriors are undefeated in conference but face No. 1 Rocky Mountain tomorrow in Billings.
THIS WEEK IN CARROLL VOLLEYBALL
The Saints host Montana Tech Wednesday at the PE Center at 7 p.m. and Lewis-Clark State College on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Saints bring an 11-7 overall record and a 3-1 Frontier Conference record into the week.
The Diggers sit just behind the Saints in the conference standings at 2-1 (7-8 overall). LCSC is 3-0 in conference (8-5 overall) but plays No. 1 Rocky Mountain Thursday night in Billings.
Five Saint players have over 100 kills on the season led by Crystal Schmidt with 157. Jonni Dorr leads CC with 408 assists on the season and Rebecca Sweeney has 341 digs to pace Carroll.
LAST WEEK: SAINTS GO 2-1
The Saints defeated Walla Walla 3-0 on Thursday, fell to Great Falls 3-2 and defeated MSU-Northern 3-1.
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.