The Big Sky Eagles celebrated a homecoming victory against the Butte Bulldogs Thursday Night. Both teams fought hard in three sets that came right down to the wire with the Bulldogs falling 3 – 0. Set one and set two both ended 25 – 23 with the final set ending 25 – 22. Coach Shane Jorgensen said, “We played in a great environment tonight, Big Sky’s crowd was on top of us all night which in turn made our crowd even more lively. Unfortunately, our 24 hitting errors and 8 service errors hurt us down the stretch in each one of the three games. We shot ourselves in the foot more than one time only losing by a couple of points each game of the match.”
Although they were definitely the back row targets of the Eagles, seniors Averie Olsen and Laura Rosenleaf led the Bulldogs in big numbers. Olsen had 9 kills and 15 digs, while Rosenleaf counted 11 kills and 23 digs. Sophomore Jaycee Cleveland led in assists ending the match with 26 total. Cleveland now averages 8.7 assists per set. Senior Camille Kautzman served four ace serves for the ‘Dogs. Rosenleaf added 2, and Cleveland and Mackenzie Hansen each served one.
Coach Jorgensen remains positive about his team saying, “Even with the loss, we are seeing steady improvement in each outing. Things are going to come together, we just have to be patient and look for the positives in each one of our matches.” The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday at 4pm when they host Missoula Hellgate.
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