Frontier volleyball: Bears hold on for win

GREAT FALLS — The second seeded Rocky Mountain College Bears held off the seventh seeded University of Great Falls Argos 3-1 in a quarterfinal match of the 2013 Frontier Conference Volleyball Tournament.

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With the win, the Bears will face the winner of the Lewis-Clark State-Montana Tech quarterfinal match Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The two teams exchanged points in the early going of the first set. Rocky took control and built an 8-4 before UGF went on 3-0 run to cut Rocky’s lead to 8-7. The Bears then outscored Great Falls 10-4 to build a seven point lead. UGF made a push but could get only to within three before Rocky took the first set victory.

Rocky took control from the first serve of the second set and led by as many 11 down the stretch. The Argos cut the down to six but no closer. Faced with the urgency of elimination, Great Falls jumped out to 6-0 lead in set three on the serving strength of Mary Allen’s serve. The Argos continued to build on their lead and led by as many as nine several times. Rocky then went on a run and outscored the Argos 13-4 to tie the set at 23. An attack error by Rocky and a kill by Alyssa McEwan gave UGF the win.

In set four, the teams traded points and leads early. With the score tied at five, Rocky went on a 15-5 run to build 20-10 lead. The Argos slowly whittled away the Rocky lead, cutting it down to three, 22-19. After a time-out, the Bears scored two straight points to lead 24-20 and held off a UGF charge to win the set and the match.

Rocky was led by Yang Yang with 15 kills and Ahlea Billis with 13 kills. Jennifer Donaldson led the Bears’ defense with 20 digs followed by Yang and Brooke Myers with 10 digs apiece.

The Argos were led by the league’s Freshman of the Year Maddie Wilhelm with 18 kills followed by Page Woodward with 12 kills and Devon Bogart with 10. UGF outhit Rocky  59 to 56 kills. Jacey Habets led the Argo defense with 26 digs followed by Wilhelm with 20 digs and Allen with 13.

Rocky Mountain improves to 22-6 and Great Falls ends their season with a 9-22 record.

— Frontier Conference

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