DCHS volleyball team adds two wins to impressive conference record

Jamie Ausk Crisafulli
Sunday, October 13, 2019
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The Lady Devil increased their conference record to 5-0 with wins over Havre and Sidney recently.

“That’s definitely some good momentum on our side and a huge confidence builder,” Coach Tiffaney Egan said.

DCHS and Havre were sitting with the same record heading into last Friday’s game when the Lady Devils soundly defeated the Blue Ponies in three sets: 25-19, 25-22, 25-20.

“The girls did exceptionally well,” Egan said.

Havre has a really strong defense, according to the DCHS coach, but the Lady Devils were able to keep them out of system the majority of the time.

The offense took the Blue Ponies out right away. The Lady Devils’ moved their offense around to the point that it didn’t allow Havre’s normally strong blocking a chance to impact the game.

“It just kinda confused (Havre). And that has a lot to do with the setters, not just the hitters, when the setter can set the ball in the way that the opposing team can’t anticipate,” Egan said.

Meadow Torres had 14 kills in the game against Havre, followed by Brittany Kaufman with 10.

Kayla Brown led the team in sets with 21, followed by Karsen Murphy with 19.

Ashley Clapp had 20 digs for the Lady Red Devils. Brown had 14 and Torres 13.

The Lady Devils defeated Sidney at home on Tuesday 25-14, 25-15 and 25-18.

Sidney team isn’t as strong as some of the other teams the Lady Devils face, like Havre, but Egan said the match provided a completely different kind of challenge.

“It’s hard to keep yourself and your team focused when you’re really not getting any kind of reciprocation back. They did a good job,” Egan said.

Murphy had 11 kills for the Lady Devils.

Ashley Reynolds led the team in aces with 5.

Clapp led the team in digs with 18.

The Lady Devils are keeping the pace of conditioning up from where they were at last year. Egan said she is trying to build momentum.

“We’re still building a little bit, strengthening a little bit, instead of maintaining. I don’t believe that we’ve peaked yet,” she said.

The Red Devils continue to lead their conference and the central conference in defensive stats.

The Lady Devils faced a weekend of tough competition before them.

Egan expected Friday’s match against Billings Central to be a very good challenge for the team. The Lady Devils lost to Billings Central during the Tipoff Tournament, but Egan said the Lady Devils are a much different team than they were early in the season.

“They aren’t even moving at the same pace. They aren’t executing the same plays. Commitment. They are really doing well,” she said.

She chalked it up to one the Lady Devils’ core theme: TEAM.

“Our definition is a group of individuals who place for each other. I think they are really starting to buy into that,” she said.

The team was scheduled to travel to Havre early Saturday to compete there.

Reach Jamie Ausk Crisafulli at rreditor@rangerreview.com .