Last night the Lady Jackets battled a talented Carroll College team in their 2009 season opener in Helena, Montana. The Lady Jackets had troubles passing the ball against the unorthodox Saint offense in the first two sets, which led to inconsistency in offensive execution. “Carroll College did a better job of entering the ball tonight which allowed them a number of options offensively. We, on the other hand, did not enter the ball consistently, which made it difficult for us to execute offensively,” said head Coach Jhett Albers. 

After giving up four and five point margins in the first two matches, the Jackets fell 19-25 and 22-25. However, faced with a similar lead in the third set, the Jackets elevated their play to win the set 25-16. “Kalin Engle came into the third set and added a much needed defensive presence on the net. Maggie O’Neill also put pressure on their receivers with her challenging jump serves,” noted Coach Albers.

Carroll College pulled away to an early lead in the fourth set. The Jackets battled back to close the gap, but came up short in the end, 21-25. When the Jackets were able to effectively enter the ball, they held their own against the strong blocking Saints defense. Maggie O’Neill led the Jacket attack with 17 kills followed by Kayla Haines with 10 and Kristin Engle with nine.

Today, the Lady Yellow Jackets are set to enter the Carroll College/UGF Classic where they will square off against Montana Tech in the afternoon before getting another chance against Carroll College tonight.

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