DILLON — The University of Montana Western volleyball team fell to the Warriors of Lewis-Clark State College in three sets on Thursday night, the 23rd consecutive loss to LC State.
The Bulldogs (4-11 overall, 0-4 Frontier) started slow by falling into a 10-5 hole in the first set, and were never able to cut the deficit to less than four. Montana Western was unable to overcome a .290 hitting percentage from the Warriors (10-8, 3-2).
The second set started slowly for the Bulldogs again, as Coach Lisa Griffiths called a timeout with her team trailing 5-1. Following the timeout, Montana Western scored 11 of the next 15 points to take a 12-9 lead, forcing the Warriors to take a timeout. A back-and-forth finish that saw four lead changes and seven ties finished with a score of 25-23 in favor of LC State. The Bulldogs had a hitting percentage of .152 in the second set, but could not keep pace with the .200 hit by Warriors.
In the third and final set, the Bulldogs struck first and took a 4-3 lead before the Warriors scored eight straight points behind the tough serving of Stephanie Ovitz to take an 11-4 advantage. The young Bulldogs could not overcome the seven-point deficit, which remained throughout as LC State took the third set 25-18.
Montana Western was led by freshman Kylie McCree’s eight kills, and followed by Bailey Wilson and Cady Siemion who each tallied seven. Callie Hanson dished out 26 assists on 33 kills for the Bulldogs as she took on full setting duties. Jami Flink and Siemion each had two service aces.
Sophomore Brianna DeCock, making her first appearance as the libero this season, gathered 13 digs, Hanson added 12, as Siemion tacked on eight more. Siemion and Kyla Paulsen each recorded solo block in the contest.
Montana Western will return to action at 7 p.m. on Friday as Bulldogs will play host to Montana State-Northern (8-12, 0-4).
— Montana Western Sports Information