Sunday, September 06, 2009

Saturday, the Black Hills State Yellow Jacket volleyball team faced off against Rocky Mountain and Montana Western in the second and final day of the DWU/Mount Marty tournament. The Yellow Jackets continued their groove from Friday as they defeated the Battlin’ Bears and the Bulldogs to push their winning streak to five.

The first game on Saturday was a rematch between Black Hills State and Rocky Mountain. The two teams faced off in a grueling five set battle back in week one and this meeting proved to be another tough contest.

The Lady Yellow Jackets did not waste any time getting started as they executed well offensively. The Yellow Jackets were able to capture the first set against the tall Rocky Mountain side 25-23. However, the Battlin’ Bears evened up the match in the second set after gaining a significant lead early. The Yellow Jackets closed the point margin but came up shy 20-25.

In sets three and four, the Yellow Jackets snatched back the momentum from their opponents as senior Kayla Haines and junior Kalin Engle posted impressive numbers defensively, combining for 17 of the teams 28 total blocks. The Yellow Jackets won the third set convincingly 25-16. The excitement came in the fourth set as the Yellow Jackets fought their way back from a nine point deficit to steal the set and match away from the Battlin’ Bears 27-25.

The final match of the tournament for the Lady Yellow Jackets was against a scrappy Montana Western team. Despite having to play after just finishing up the previous game, the Yellow Jackets found momentum early and never looked back. Senior leadership from Carina Sweet’s defensive display of 14 digs and perfect 17-17 passing allowed the Yellow Jacket offense to fire on all cylinders and roll to a victory in three sets, 25-19, 25-20, and 25-25.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will resume play next weekend as they travel to Hastings, N.E. for the Hastings College Tournament where they will look to pick up a few more pivotal wins before entering the DAC conference season.

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