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Friday, January 19, 2018

Yellowstone Newspapers photo by Doreen Heintz

DCHS volleyball gets first look at Divisional foes

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

 

The Dawson County High School volleyball team kicked off its season in Lewistown at the Eastern/Central A Tip-off Tournament over the weekend.

“It was nice to see all the teams we will meet again at Divisionals,” new head coach Tiffaney Egan said. “Our team did well just coming out of two-a-days and a hard first week-and-a-half.”

While matches were limited to two sets, the Lady Devils still ended up in tight sets that tested their collective resolve.

Sidney 1, Lady Devils 1

DCHS lost its first match on Friday against Sidney based on overall points won. Although Dawson took the first set 21-19, they dropped the second 13-19.

Billings Central 1, 

Lady Devils 1

The Lady Devils also split with the Lady Rams, again winning the first set 21-19 but dropping the second 21-16 to take the loss.

Egan was still pleased with the way the team continues to improve its passing percentage since beginning tryouts, with Abby Hill and Jaley Wyse stepping into the setup role.

“Abby Hill, with 36 assists, and Jaley Wyse, with 40 assists, did a great job setting a strong, diverse offense and finding strengths,” Egan said. 

Lady Devils 2, Fergus 0

That diverse offense lifted Glendive over the Lady Golden Eagles 21-18, 21-17. Senior Ceeara Staiger looked like the offensive weapon Egan expected, scoring 41 kills and 10 aces. Wyse and Addie Reihnart also contributed seven aces each over the weekend.

Park 1, Lady Devils 1

The defense was tested by the Park High Lady Rangers out of Livingston, who ran away with the first set 21-7. The Lady Devil defense recovered to save face, though, taking the second set 21-19.

Part of that defensive game likely includes sophomore Thea Robson, who tallied 73 digs for the team during the tournament.

“Tanille Lovato and Thea Robson stepped up their game as they saw some game time,” Egan commented.

Hardin 2, Lady Devils 0

The Lady Bulldogs edged Dawson in the first match on Saturday, 25-22, 25-18. The defense at the net is going to be the biggest question mark for the Lady Devils, but Egan said there are players emerging that have the ability to score blocks.

“Our blocking game is improving, with Kayla Kelly recording four blocks and Ceeara Staiger recording three,” Egan explained. “We will be continuing to improve our defensive game, as well as building more options with our offense for upcoming conference matches.”

Lady Devils 2, Browning 0

Glendive blanked Browning, winning the two tightest sets of the weekend for the team, 26-24, 25-22. 

Lady Devils 2, Fergus 0

The Lady Devils closed the tournament with a second win over Fergus in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22. Given the results, it looks as though the Eastern A is a bit stronger than the Central A, with Hardin, Sidney, and Billings Central all looking formidable. Livingston might be tops in the Central A.

“We were able to see all our conference opponents at the tip-off. It was a great to see and watch strengths and weaknesses among all,” Egan said.  

The Lady Devils leave Friday for Border Wars in Cody, Wyo. starting at 3 p.m. 

On Tuesday, the junior varsity and freshman hosted Sidney and Miles City. 

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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