By Sharilyn Kortum
The Lady Terriers traveled to St. Labre on Saturday, August 29, where they opened up their 2009 season. Joining the Terriers in the eight team tournament, along with the host Braves, were the Wibaux Longhorns, Rosebud Wranglers, Ekalaka Lady Blue, Circle Wildcats, Jordan Mustangs, and Hysham Lady Pirates.
Wibaux, Terry, Circle, and Hysham advanced to the second round of the tournament, knocking out Rosebud, Ekalaka, St. Labre, and Jordan. After second round match ups with Wibaux playing Terry and Circle taking on Hysham, Terry and Circle were able to advance to the championship game.
The way the tournament formats are set up, between bracket games, “pool play” games are played by the teams waiting for their regular games. These “pool play” games aren’t counted toward the teams’ placement in the tournament - they just give the teams an opportunity to “practice” and play against teams they may otherwise not match up against. In pool play matches, the teams only play one game to 25 points, instead of the regular best of five games.
After getting rid of some first game nerves in their first match of the day against the Ekalaka Lady Blue in regular bracket play, Terry settled down and got into their groove. “The girls worked really well together after the first game jitters were out,” head coach Jasmine Freiboth stated. The girls had plenty of opportunities to get through the jitters as throughout the day, Terry competed in three bracket matches and three pool play games.
In their first match against Ekalaka, Terry won game one 25-24 and game two 25-19 for the two game win. In the match, Terry had 16 kills (Dani Dukart 7), 16 assists (Jordan Freiboth 9), 9 ace serves (Ashley Morast 3), 16 digs (Dukart 5), and 5 blocks (Carly Stickel 4).
After defeating Ekalaka in round one, Terry faced Wibaux who defeated Rosebud to advance. Terry again won the match in two games defeating the Longhorns 25-16, 25-19. Leading the Terriers in kills was Dukart with 15 (team 24), assists was Freiboth with 7 (team 10), with aces was Dukart with 4 (team 9), digs was Stickel with 7 (team 19). Dukart had the only block of the match.
Defeating Wibaux put the Terriers in the championship match against rival Circle Wildcats. Circle defeated St. Labre and Hysham on their road to the match up against Terry. Circle was able to get by Terry in two games to take first place, 16-25 and 21-25. Stats for the championship match are: Kills 17 (Dukart 9), Assists 12 (Freiboth 7), Aces 1 (Freiboth 1), Digs 17 (Dukart 4), Blocks 3 (Stickel 2).
In pool play games throughout the day, Terry met up with Circle, Hysham and Rosebud. Against Circle, Terry lost the game 14-25. Terry had 6 kills (Dukart 2), 5 assists (Freiboth 3), 1 ace (Dukart), 6 digs (Amy Browning 2, Dukart 2). In their second game, which was against Hysham, Terry squeaked out a 25-24 win. Leading the team in blocks was Morast and Stickel with 3 each (team 11), assists Freiboth 5 (team 9), aces Freiboth 3 (team 5), digs Dukart 4 (team 12), and blocks was Dukart with 3 (team
3). In Terry’s third and final pool play game, they matched up against the Rosebud Wranglers. Terry easily defeated the Wranglers 25-9. Stats for this pool play game are: Kills 4 (Dukart 2), Assists 4 (Freiboth 3), Aces 10 (Morast 4, Freiboth 4), Digs 3 (three with 1 each).
According to Coach Freiboth, the Lady Terriers’ goal this year is to have consistency. They are implementing a new defense which Freiboth says will give the Terriers a better chance at being consistent. Also a positive aspect in their new weaponry is the option of having three hitters at all times in the front row.
After getting through their first weekend of competition and being able to utilize their strategy, Freiboth already sees these two added features helping the team achieve that goal.
Terry’s next action will be Friday, September 4, when they travel to Jordan. On the schedule are junior high, junior varsity, and varsity matches, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Published Sept. 2, 2009