By Brad Mosher
The Killdeer volleyball team kept the bench, their coach and their fans on the edge of their seats Sept. 19 after jumping out to a two-set lead.
The Cowboys won the first two sets.
Then they watched the visiting Bearcats rally with two wins of their own to force a fifth and deciding set to decide the victorious team.
In a contest where the first to reach 15 points with a two-point margin would get the win,
Glen Ullin-Hebron was the first to reach 14, one point away from the win.
But it was the hosts who rallied to tie, then score two more points to claim the decisive 16-14 victory.
According to coach Allison Sempel, the Cowboys did great in the first two sets. “They were awesome. We were being aggressive,” she said.
Then the tide turned in sets three and four.
“The next two we made a few little misteaks that we wouldn’t do normally. Unfortunately, those added up and they cost us,” she said.
Going into the final set, we talked about minimizing the errors, the coach said. “We talked a lot about our attitude and our effort. I thought the girls did a nice job of keeping their attitude positive and making their efforts count on the floor,” she said.
Chelsey Morlock led the Cowboys with 27 assists.
Madi Wilhelm finished with 25 digs.
Megan Olson had 16 kills, whil Myranda Reiss finished with 14. Olson also finished with six blocks in the five-set contest.
The win improved the team’s record in the region to 1-3 and into a tie with Richardton-Taylor in the standings.
The team also moved withing a game of Beach, the team they faced Tuesday at home.
The Cowboys will travel to Washburn for a tournament Saturday, then travel to Heart River for an Oct. 8 battle.