Netters gain experience in Circle and Ekalaka match-ups

 By Sharilyn Kortum

Thursday evening the Lady Terriers’ volleyball team traveled to Circle to take on the rival Wildcats. With a day off between, they ventured to Bulldog country on Saturday to take part in the Ekalaka Quad meet. Along with Terry and Ekalaka, the other two teams partaking in the quad were the Hysham Lady Pirates and the Lady Longhorns from Wibaux.
Thursday’s match in Circle was short-lived as the Wildcats outplayed the Terriers and were victorious in three games: 25-12, 25-10, 25-19. Terry struggled to get anything going as the disciplined Wildcats took full advantage of every opportunity. Statistics versus Circle are as follows: Kills 21 – Dani Dukart led with 11; Assists 14 – Jordan Freiboth led with 9; Aces 2 – two players with 1 each; Digs 21 – Amy Browning led with 9; Blocks 1 – Carly Stickel had the only block.
While in Circle, the junior varsity girls were able to play a match against the Wildcat junior varsity squad. To allow the girls more of an opportunity to get court time and experience, the junior varsity teams played two games to 25 points and two games to 14. Circle was the victor in the first two games 25-18 and 25-9. Terry won the next two games 15-13 and 14-6. Statistics for the junior varsity squad are as follows: Kills 22 – Sadie Kinn led with 8; Assists 20 – Lindsay Stickel led with 18; Aces 8 – Ashley Morast led with 3; Digs 23 – Anna Fredrickson led with 8; Blocks 1 – Kinn had the only block.
In Ekalaka’s Quad meet, each participant plays the other teams once each, allowing each team to play three matches throughout the day. In Terry’s match against the hometown Ekalaka Lady Blue, both teams battled it out and played a hard fought contest. The match went to five games, with Ekalaka finally prevailing 25-23, 25-13, 20-25, 27-29, 13-15.  Statistics for the Terry-Ekalaka match are as follows: Kills 37 – Dukart led with 18; Assists 26 – Freiboth led with 16; Aces 5 – Morast led with 2; Digs 33 – C. Stickel led with 11; Blocks 4 – Dukart led with 3.
Terry’s contest against the Wibaux Longhorns proved a bit easier as the match only went to three games. Terry was on the receiving end of the victory this time as they defeated Wibaux 26-24, 25-20, 25-20. Statistics for this contest are as follows: Kills 22 – Dukart led with 8; Assists 21 – Freiboth led with 13; Aces 9 – Dukart led with 4; Digs 21 – Lorna Wollman led with 10; Blocks 4 – C. Stickel and Dukart each had 2.
In their final match of the day, the Lady Terriers went up against the Hysham Lady Pirates. After losing the first two games by five and seven points respectively, the Hysham girls hung on and squeaked by the Terriers, winning the next two frames by a combined four points to force game five. In the final game, it was down to the wire as Terry hung on to get the 16-14 win, securing their victory 25-20, 25-18, 24-26, 26-28, 16-14. Statistics for Terry vs. Hysham are as follows: Kills 46 – Dukart led with 17; Assists 38 – Freiboth led with 14; Aces 13 – Morast led with 6; Digs 38 – Wollman led with 12; Blocks 9 – Dukart led with 5.
After struggling against the Circle Wildcats, head coach Jasmine Freiboth was pleased with how her girls responded going into Saturday action in Ekalaka. “We came into the quad at Ekalaka playing strong,” she stated.
With the two losses over the weekend, Freiboth noted plenty was learned in the process.
“Our two losses over the weekend have really opened our eyes to what we need to work on.”
They will have three days to tend to those areas of interest and then it will be back to action as Savage comes to town Thursday, Sept. 24, with varsity and junior varsity action on the slate. Then it’s a day to rest before heading off to St. Labre to compete in the Braves’ quad for both varsity and junior varsity teams on Saturday, Sept. 26. Teams from Hysham and Ekalaka will also be attending the St. Labre quad.
Published Sept. 23
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