DILLON — The University of Montana Western volleyball team dropped two conference games over the week to (RV) University of Great Falls and No. 6 Rocky Mountain College.
The young Bulldogs fell in their home opener to the Argos of Great Falls in straight sets, 18-25, 17-25 and 19-25.
In the first set Montana Western fell behind early, 10-5, and were unable to get the score closer than five points throughout the rest of the first set, falling 18-25.
After the first set, the Bulldogs were able to calm themselves in front of a large crowd in the Straugh gymnasium. They battled their way to a 15-all tie in the second set behind a balanced offensive attack. Great Falls then went on to score 10 of the final 12 points in the set, winning 25-17.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair that saw 13 ties and four lead changes, again the Bulldogs tied the game at 15-all before giving up eight straight points and eventually falling, 19-25.
Montana Western was led by Kylie McCree’s seven kills in the match. Dylan Fowler recorded 15 digs, Callie Hanson dished out 11 assists and Tessa Miller added two solo blocks for the Bulldogs on the night.
Just 24 short hours later the Bulldogs would take on No. 6 Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. For the second time in as many days, Montana Western fell is three sets to a conference foe by a score of 11-25, 13-25 and 15-25.
Callie Hanson led the way with 14 assists on the evening, and five of those assists went to sophomore Joanna Avery who led the team with six kills. Hanson also recorded six digs and a solo block.
Fowler and Brianna DeCock combined for 18 digs and two service aces in the match.
The Bulldogs were unable to overcome 24 attacking errors and a .009 hitting percentage, where Rocky only committed seven hitting errors and hit a .300 on the night.
With the losses the Bulldogs dropped to 4-10 overall and 0-3 in conference play. They will return to the floor Thursday and Friday as they will play host to Lewis-Clark State College and Montana State-Northern. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
— Montana Western Sports Information