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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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By Troy Shockley Independent Record

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.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

Carroll College entered play at the inaugural Big Sky Challenge wanting to test itself against the very best the NAIA had to offer. The Saints got their shot at some of those squads over the two-day affair, splitting again on Saturday with a morning sweep of Dickinson State before falling in a nip-and-tuck battle with No. 1 UT Brownsville, 3-1.

The win was Carroll's seventh of the year, but it didn't come without a bit of drama. Leading 23-16 in the opening game, Carroll gave hope to Dickinson by giving up six straight points to turn a sure win into a one-point lead. The Saints, though, got a handle on their unforced errors and closed it out, winning 25-23. The next two sets went relatively easy for the home team, going into the books as wins of 25-14 and 25-11.

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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

The dominoes have fallen, and the Big Sky Challenge is here. Working in tandem with Montana Tech, Carroll College will play host to a dozen volleyball matches over the next two days featuring some of the best teams in the nation. The tournament is a huge win for the Saints and Orediggers, who will each play host to six matches each day. Carroll coach Moe Boyle is thrilled that it finally came together.

"It's so hard to get teams in here. They don't want to spend the money to fly here," she said. "But everywhere costs -- a lot. And for a lot of them, they can go other places for significantly cheaper. But as soon as we got one committed, four or five committed. And then we got a few more. The Frontier side was easy -- we could get our Frontier schools. It was getting the other side. But then it just clicked, and we've got 12 this weekend.

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