Orediggers hit past College of Idaho

College of Idaho refused to give Montana Tech a break Saturday morning after the Orediggers’ hard-pressed, emotional volleyball battle with No. 1-ranked defending NAIA champion Texas-Brownsville Friday night.
The Idaho school forced Montana Tech to four games before the Orediggers came away with a 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21 win during play at the Butte portion of the Big Sky Volleyball Challenge in the HPER Complex.
Montana Tech fell in three very well-played games against Brownsville late the previous night. The Coyotes awaited the Orediggers, apparently anxiously, Saturday morning.
College of Idaho led much of the way in the first game and didn’t yield the advantage for good until Bailie Cortner plastered a kill for Montana Tech, gaining a 15-14 edge. Haley Druyvestein followed with a block and the Orediggers began to open some space.
The Coyotes fumbled a pass after Korey Krumm had blocked for the previous point and pushed the Idaho team to adjust for the next set. The fumble foiled it and brought game point. Krumm blocked the Coyotes off the next serve, ending the game.
College of Idaho showed good court movement and a flock of hammering hitters to cause some problems for the Montana Tech alignment. It was most evident in the second game as the Coyotes had a lead or the Orediggers in trouble the whole way. No more than two points separated the teams until the Idaho school gained a three-point edge, 16-13, on a kill by Bailee Kendall.
Montana Tech didn’t fall any further behind, but didn’t catch up either. Kendall killed for game point at 24-21, College of Idaho survived a Cortner kill, then finished off the game win with another Kendall kill.
The Orediggers hit a little better than their foes in the match and began finding the range in the third game. Makenzie Bauck served a five-point run that included an ace, kills by Cortner and Jordan Danz and two Coyote errors.
Annie Smoot scored a block that gave Montana Tech game point at 24-15. However, College of Idaho stayed alive for three more serves before Cortner killed the winning shot.
The test wasn’t over. The Coyotes regrouped and led the fourth game early, looking to force a tiebreaker. The Orediggers grabbed the lead at 9-8 when Kendall hit into the net, then built on it, pushing to a five-point advantage, 15-10, on a Cortner kill. College of Idaho made repeated short runs but a Montana Tech defense, led by standout libero Kimmy Kavran, and strong front-line play kept the Coyotes from chaining any long runs.
As a result, the Orediggers beat them to 25, gaining game point on a kill by Danz and the win on a placement tip by Krumm. The Coyotes were unable to snare the pass after the receiver scrambled to retrieve the tip and the ball fell in for the tally.
Four players notched double figures in kills for Montana Tech, led by Cortner with 18. Druyvestein followed with 11, and Krumm and Sydney Norris notched 10 apiece. Bauck set 31 assists and Alison Lunde set 26, including a hot streak in which she teamed with Druyvestein on plays that peppered the middle of the Coyotes’ defense. Kavran finished with 25 digs and Krumm, Smoot and Druyvestein had two blocks each.
“That was a good team,” Orediggers head coach Brian Solomon said. “That’s probably the best we’ve hit (.405) as a team all year.
College of Idaho was led by Kylie Porter with 15 kills, Bailee Kendall with 11, Sierra Porter with 27 assists, Kilee Lopez and Cheyan Coburn with 12 digs each, and Janessa Koelliker with two digs.
“Kimmy’s 25 digs helped a lot, of course,” Solomon said. “We were able to slow them down a little bit.” 1 comment



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  • Alan
    September 6, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Good write up, Bruce

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