Tech tips The Masters’ after loss to College of Idaho

Montana Tech split a pair of matches with tough customers to wind up the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge event completed Saturday in the Orediggers’ HPER Complex.
The outcomes left Montana Tech at 7-2 for the season.
The Orediggers outlasted The Masters’ 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10 in the last match of the Challenge to finish on a positive note after a loss of 28-26, 17-25, 25-14, 28-26 to NAIA 14th-ranked College of Idaho earlier in the day.
Montana Tech defeated The Masters’ 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10
The Montana Tech team looked weary after its difficult going with College of Idaho earlier in the day along with going on to play The Masters,’ of Santa Clarita, Calif., for its fifth game in three days and ninth game in nine.
“I think we were tired,” Brian Solomon, fourth-year head coach of the Orediggers, said after his team sucked it up and defeated The Masters.’ “It’s been a long two weeks for our girls.”
As the five-gamer would indicate, winning wasn’t easy.
“Masters’ is a tough matchup for us,” Solomon said after the Orediggers’ second win over the Mustangs in a week. “When they’re playing well they’re really hard to stop — their middles are so fast.”
Montana Tech still found a way, even after losing momentum of a third-game win and falling in the fourth to cause the fifth-set tiebreaker. The Orediggers played well, though, when they needed.
“Thank goodness,” Solomon responded.
“Our strengths the first two weekends have been our composure and mental toughness,” he added. “Some days, you win ugly, but those are good because you can’t always be at the top of your game.”
Solomon pointed to Bailie Cortner’s 18 kills as being an important factor in the victory and credited Haley Druyvestein with shoring up the middle blocks, especially the last two sets. She and freshman Katie Wiley formed a good blocking combo to stymie the Mustangs’ attackers.
The fifth game, the tie-breaker set, saw Montana Tech romp to an early lead on the net play of the 6-foot-2 Cortner. She registered a block and an inside kill for a 3-1 edge, bolstered by a Sydney Norris kill in a 4-1 run. Angie Pancost was the server in the run. The Masters’ ware unable to catch up. The Orediggers expanded their lead to seven points, 13-6, as Druyvestein ran off a kill, and two consecutive blocks for three points in a row. The Mustangs were stubborn and held off match point until another Druyvestein block made it a 14-8 difference. Two Montana Tech hitting errors followed before one by Aubrey Pyburn of The Masters’ ended the match.
Brittany Jones’ four-point serving run late in the first game was key in The Masters’ win of the set. It took the Mustangs to a 23-21 edge and in position for game point, accomplished on an Aubrey Beckendam kill after Jordan Danz spiked in a point for Montana Tech. A ruling of a net violation saved the Orediggers for another serve. Megan Child, however, belted a solid kill for The Master’s to end the game. It was a close set all the way through with no lead being of more than three points.
Montana Tech won similarly in the second game. It was another tightly contested set and the Orediggers took the lead for good at 22-21 when the Mustangs’ Kayla Sims popped a serve over the end line. Jones hit a kill attempt over boundary, too, and Montana Tech then notched game point on a kill Makenzie Bauck set for Druyvestein in a wide open spot on the court. Druyvestein then finished the game with a steal of a floater from The Masters’ serve receive. She buried the steal for a set-winning kill.
Again, the Orediggers were forced to out-battle The Masters in the third game. Montana Tech took a 12-11 edge as Wiley placed home a tip. An ace by Danz opened a 16-12 margin a few points later and the Mustangs then rallied. They closed to a point, 19-18, on a kill by Jones. Druyvestein then took over at the net for Montana Tech and scored three of the next four points on two soft block tips and a harder kill. The latter kill brought set point at 24-18. A side out later, Sydney Norris hammered a kill for the Orediggers to end the game.
The Masters’ surged at the end of game four to knot the match count at two sets apiece. Jones served out the game for the Mustangs, serving seven straight points after a kill by Pyburn gave them the side out at 21-18. Two Oredigger hitting errors took the set to a tie and then let The Masters’ go ahead by a point. Kills by Pyburn and Beckendam scored the first two points in the Jones run. Beckendam then downed another kill and Morgan Koch notched game point on a block. Beckendam then slammed home the winning shot, bringing on the tie-breaker set.
Four Orediggers were in double figures in kills as Norris had 13 to back Cortner’s 18, and Danz and Druyvestein each finished with 12. Bauck set 47 assists. Libero Angie Pancost led in ace serves with two. The digs were well spread around with Norris coming up with 19 to lead the team. Danz and Pancost each had 16, and Bauck and Kylee Berridge came up with 11 apiece. The block leader was Druyvestein with six.
Beckendam led The Masters’ in kills with 15 and also set 26 assists, second on the team to Sims, who had 29. Emily Clark and Brittany Jack each fired two ace serves, Jack scooped a match-high 25 digs and Koch walled away nine blocks.

College of Idaho defeated Montana Tech 28-26, 17-25, 25-14, 28-25
Fourteenth-ranked might not be high enough for the College of Idaho volleyball team going by the Coyotes’ performance Saturday afternoon.
Abbey Fenton led the Coyotes’ pounders with 20 of the team’s 66 kills. Kylie Porter pasted 18. Sierra Porter set 51 assists.
Other leaders for the College of Idaho were libero Kilee Lopez with 17 digs and Kylie Porter with six blocks. Katy Robinson posted five blocks. The team’s tough front line totaled 13 blocks.
The loss was only Montana Tech’s second in seven matches this early part of the season. Oredigger leaders included Sydney Norris with 13 kills, Jordan Danz with 13 and Bailie Cortner with 10. Also, Makenzie Bauck set 42 assists, Danz fired four aces, libero Angie Pancost scooped 16 digs, and Katie Wiley and Cortner each tallied five blocks. Freshman serving specialist Kylee Berridge drilled three aces as one of the lesser experienced Orediggers who played well in the match against a good opponent.
Another was Butte Central grad Mariah Cooney with four kills and three blocks.
The hard hitters flexed their muscles in the first game with both teams taking big shots at each other across the net. College of Idaho rolled out to the early lead and held a 14-9 spread after a shot by Montana Tech blaster Norris sailed a bit far. The Orediggers kept firing and came back to tie 15-all when the Coyotes’ Sierra Porter tangled a shot in the net. Cortner followed with a kill and Montana Tech held the edge. It was momentary as the teams battled nearly point for point the rest of the set. They were tied 25-all after a Cortner block to send the game into extra serves. A kill by Randi Sturtz gave the Coyotes a 27-26 edge and they finished with a block by Jackie van Vliet.
A rash of hitting errors by College of Idaho with Norris serving for the Orediggers opened a 13-9 Montana Tech advantage. The Orediggers controlled the lead the rest of game. They reached game point at 24-17 on a kill by Danz, then put the Coyotes away for the set on a block by Cortner.
College of Idaho extracted revenge in game three with a show of power. The Coyotes belted their way to an 11-5 advantage behind good service runs by Cheyan Coburn and Fenton. Fenton and Kylie Porter led the hit attack. Montana Tech was unable to gain ground on its foe the rest of the set. The Coyotes reached game point at 24-14 on a kill by Kylie Porter and won the game when Sierra Porter put a change-of-pace soft tip into open court.
College of Idaho needed a spirited rally to pin down the fourth-game win and match victory. Montana Tech led much of the set and the Coyotes warded off a win for the Orediggers by tying the score 24-all on a Kylie Porter kill of a 50-50 ball. Montana Tech had reached game point at 24-21 on a Cortner block. The teams played from 24-all evenly before two Danz kill attempts just missed staying inside the end line.

COI 3, Tech 1

Tech 3, The Master’s 1


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  • Cerise Daniels
    September 1, 2015, 1:05 pm

    The Orediggers have been giving their all!! I am so proud of this team, and especially proud of my granddaughter Kylee Berridge!!! Going into a brand new team for her and knocking her part out of the park!!! Keep killing it Kylee!! GO OREDIGGERS!!!!!


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