Lady Devils split conference games

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Jamie Ausk Crisafulli photo

Junior Meadow Torres hits the ball over the net during the Lady Red Devils game against Laurel Saturday. Torres led the team with 13 kills and 26 digs. The Lady Devils won the conference matchup in three sets.

The DCHS Lady Red Devils volleyball team faced Billings Central and Laurel at home over the weekend. While the results differed greatly, a lot of positives came away from the weekend for the Lady Red Devils.

Billings Central was in town Friday for the first game of a short home stand for the Lady Red Devils. In the first set DCHS battled hard but ultimately fell short losing 25-18. The second set would prove to be the most tightly contested as the Lady Red Devils showed a lot of heart but couldn’t quite execute. They fell in the second as well by a score of 25-22. Billings Central came out strong in the third set and quieted any hopes of a comeback. They finished out the set winning 25-17 and sweeping DCHS.

“We have a philosophy in our program that we either win or we learn,” Coach Tiffaney Egan said.

The Lady Red Devils proved to be quick learners in the battle with Laurel.

In the first set DCHS came out strong. They communicated extremely well and attacked the Laurel team offensively. Junior Meadow Torres made some fantastic plays on the attack and served the ball extremelywell, helping the Lady Red Devils win the first match 25-16.

Laurel came out in the second match looking to avenge their performance in this first. Both teams battled early on while DCHS took an quick 13-10 lead. Laurel showed determination as they continued to play hard eventually tying the match up at 20-20. The Lady Red Devils closed things out on a 5-3 run winning the match 25-23.

“Our core year theme is start strong and finish strong. ... We talked a long time about things we needed to clean up from the night before,” Egan said.

The Lady Red Devils’ defense was exceptional in the third match. Junior Karsen Murphy disrupted Laurel’s hits all game and continued to do so in the third set.

Offensively, Egan said she feels like her team did a good job staying within the system allowing four options to score at any given time.

DCHS jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the third and they showed no lapse in focus as they closed the match out strong winning 25-12.

Torres has a serve-receive percentage of 2.3 and Thea Robson had one of 2.06. Egan said these are the kind of stats her teams needs to be successful on offense.

Egan would like to see her team can continue to grow offensively during the remaining conference play.

The Lady Devils will travel to Sidney for a conference match on Saturday. The DCHS team has a 21-7 record on the season.

Billings Central def. Lady Devils

25-18, 25-22, 25-17

DCHS: Kills: 31 (Meadow Torres 13, Karsen Murphy 7); Assists: 31 (Bailey Pearcy 31); Digs: 91 (Torres 26, Robson 17); Blocks: 7 (Madison Wahl 4)

Lady Red Devils def. Laurel

25-16, 25-23, 25-12

DCHS: Kills: 39 (Meadow Torres 15, Karsen Murphy 10, Tanille Lovato 7); Assists: 39 (Bailey Pearcy 39); Digs:101 (Robson 24, Torres 20); Blocks: 5 (Murphy 3, Wahl 2); Aces: 5 (Torres 4)

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