Carroll College, Helena Montana
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HELENA, Mont. – Head volleyball Carroll College coach Maureen Boyle has signed Bishop Kelly High School (Boise, Idaho) outside hitter Emily Sullivan to a national letter of intent.

The 6-0 all-state performer attended Whitefish High School for her freshmen and sophomore year, after which she transferred to Bishop Kelly to finish out her high school career.

“She is a workhorse, she strives to get better and wants to be coached. I’ve been watching her for a few years through club and high school at Bishop Kelly. She is always pushing to make her team better,” Boyle said. “I am excited to have the chance to coach her.”

She was a four-time all-conference team member and was the 2014 Conference MVP. She also led her team to a second-place finish at the state tournament, Bishop Kelly’s highest-ever finish.

Along with Volleyball she was also a state champion swimmer in 2012 in the breaststroke and freestyle.

Academically she had a strong career with a 3.94 GPA and academic all-state honors all four years.

“I have always had a good connection to Montana and I cannot wait to return for the next four years,” Sullivan said. “Carroll’s academic excellence, small class sizes, beautiful campus, community involvement and community support of the school and athletics all stood out to me during the recruiting process.”

The connection she felt to her future teammates also was a big draw for Sullivan.

“I loved the positive team chemistry and connection between the girls,” she said. “The support of the coaches was also big. They will push and strengthen me athletically and socially.”

Sullivan is the third signee for Boyle. Helena products Rayna Pilgeram (Capital) and Jenna Starke (Helena High) have both committed to play for the Saints starting in 2015. 

Butte, Mont. – The Carroll College volleyball team came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set but could not close the match out and fell in five sets to Lewis-Clark State 25-17, 25-23, 25-27, 23-25, 15-13 in the semifinals of the Frontier Conference tournament.

The loss ends the Carroll season at 16-13 but head coach Moe Boyle is proud of the fight her team showed in its final match.

“Our girls could have laid down after the second game,” Boyle said. “I am really; really proud of the way they fought. All I have said all season is ‘just give yourself a chance to win.’ In the end we were right there, we had a chance to win but we couldn’t get it done.”

Lewis-Clark hit a strong .278 in the first set and .211 in the second set to jump out to the 2-0 lead.

The Saints battled back to win set three and four but in the fifth set the Saints hit just .038 and the Warriors won 15-13.

“L-C kept swinging and we never really felt comfortable, we were trying to survive and we kept battling but we never felt like we were in control,” Boyle said. “Didn’t make them earn as many points as we should have. In the fifth set we gave them way more sets than they earned.”

Although disappointed in the outcome of the season, Boyle takes pride in the fact that her team battled to the last point, especially the four seniors.

“The four seniors gave their hearts and souls to program,” Boyle said.  “I don’t think they will look back on their time here with any regrets because they battled every match this season.”

By Kyle Sample, Helena IR

Carroll heads to the Frontier Conference Tournament on Friday with a couple goals in mind. First and foremost, the Saints would like to exit Butte with a conference championship -- their first since 2012.

But before setting their sights on a return to the NAIA national tournament, there is a matter of revenge to exact. Third-seeded Carroll begins the tournament 7 p.m. Friday at Kelvin Sampson Court against No. 6 Westminster. One year ago in Great Falls, it was the Griffins who swept the Saints in the first round, ending their season.

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By Kyle Sample, Helena IR

Emily Burk could have chosen to wait a year to celebrate Senior Night. She came to Carroll in 2011 as a setter from Capital High with six other freshmen, and decided to redshirt. Technically, Burk is a junior, but as she decided to forgo her final year of eligibility to begin her student-teaching requirements, Burk will play in her final home game when Carroll plays No. 1 Rocky at 7 p.m. Friday at the PE Center.

It’s the only way Burke could envision her final game, and much of that has to do with who she will be celebrated alongside.

In addition to Burk, Carroll will honor Sarah Roshak, Callie Prestwood and Kathleen Mulligan. Had it not been for the transfer of three players who arrived with quartet, the ceremony preceding the match could have been larger. And had it not been for the unique bond the four share, it certainly could have been smaller -- and that has little to do with Burk’s diminutive stature compared her three much taller classmates.

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HELENA, Mont. – The Carroll College volleyball team was swept by top-ranked Rocky Mountain in a hard-fought senior night match Friday evening.

The Saints fell 25-23, 25-18, 25-21 in the final regular season match of the year for Carroll.

Kathleen Mulligan had a team-high 10 kills to lead the Carroll attack and Madeleine Fry had 15 digs for the Saints and Rebecca Sweeney added 13. Jonni Dorr had 23 assists and Emily Burk added 16. 

The Saints led the first set 23-21 before the Bears rallied to score four-straight points and earn the first-set win.

The Bears jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the second set and although the Saints rallied to cut the lead to 16-14, they couldn’t get over the hump and Rocky took a 2-0 lead. 

Again in the third set the Bears took an early lead but Carroll pushed them to the end.

“I am really proud of our team,” head coach Moe Boyle said. “I think the difference between them and us is that they expect to win and they are used to winning. You could see it at the end of the first set. We started to tighten up right when they were getting loose and getting into a rhythm. “

Ahlea Billis led the Bears with 20 kills and Yang Yang who added 10 of her own. Rocky Mountain has only lost two sets in Frontier Conference play.

Carroll now prepares for the conference tournament in Butte next weekend. The Saints have secured the third seed behind Rocky and Lewis-Clark State but their first-round opponent hasn’t been determined yet.


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