Diggers drop Dickinson State

Bailie Cortner’s 10 kills led a .452 hitting show by Montana Tech as the Orediggers cruised in their first home match of the season, sweeping Dickinson State 25-14, 25-11, 25-12 in college women’s volleyball action Friday. Box score

The non-conference match was the first one of the Montana Tech hosted portion of the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge at the HPER Complex. Six matches were to be played both Friday and Saturday at the HPER Complex and also at the Carroll College P.E. Center in Helena in the showcase.
Cortner, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Red Lodge, hit .474 for the match. Defensively, all-conference returnee Kimmy Kavran, a 5-3 junior libero from Missoula, scooped 19 digs in a usual star performance that saw her skim three blasts off the floor wax.

Other leaders for the Orediggers were Makenzie Bauck with 23 assists, Jordan Danz with two aces, and Cortner, Hailey Druyvestein and Danz with two blocks apiece.

The Montana Tech defense prevented any Dickinson State players from notching double figures in kills. The Blue Hawks’ leader was Maddi Johnston with six. Natasha Malana came up with 14 digs.

Dickinson State led 3-1 in the first game following an ace serve by Ashley Aufforth. The Orediggers surged back, tying the score and taking a 4-3 edge on back-to-back Cortner kills. A Bauck serve traveled long and then Montana Tech took the lead for good on a kill by Korey Krumm on the block. The Anacondan’s shot launched a five-point run with Cortner serving and the Orediggers were on their way to the win. They reached a 10-point spread, 16-6, after two hitting mistakes by Megan Dailey, and got to game point on a Danz kill. Danz smashed the winner off the next serve.

Montana Tech never trailed in the first game and was tied just once, at 2-all as Miranda Kadrmas blocked for Dickinson State. The next point was a Krumm kill and the Orediggers raced ahead. Krumm’s kill gained possession for a four-point Cortner serving run. An ace by Angie Pancost later put the difference at 15-5 as she, Cortner, Kavran and Bauck all had strong serving runs in the game.

A net violation by Morgan Lutz of the Blue Hawks brought game point, 24-11, for Montana Tech. Druyvestein finished with a kill off Bauck’s set.
Again, Dickinson State was unable to gain a lead in the third game, but tied the score three times, the last at 6-all on a Johnston kill. Druyvestein drove a shot into the floor to cut the knot and scored two more times in a Hutcheson-served run that widened the gap to 11-6. Danz aced twice in a six-point run that put the Oredigger advantage at 18-7. A tip by Krumm tallied game point at 24-11. Two serves later, Pancost capped the match with a spike that Aufforth found too hot to handle.

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