In the fifth set of Monday’s battle between Mott-Regent and Killdeer, that is what decided the victor at Mott Armory.
On an evening when the winless Wildfire stunned the visiting Cowboys with a 25-20 victory in the first set, the hosts rallied to tie the fifth set at 14-14.
By Brad Mosher
It was visiting Killdeer that came up with two straight points to claim a 3-2 win over Mott-Regent.
The Wildfire started off by taking an early 4-2 lead in the first set and kept holding off runs by the visiting Cowboys throughout the contest.
Mott-Regent was ahead by a 20-14 margin when the Cowboys sparked their biggest rally with five straight point, cutting the lead to 20-19.
In the final minutes, the Wildfire went on a 5-1 run to claim the win.
In the second set, the two teams battle back and forth, with the Wildfire rallying to tie the score at 15-all.
Killdeer was the first to 20 points, but the hosts rallied again to close the gap to 24-23 before picked up the game point and the win, tying the contest at 1-1.
In the third set, Mott-Regent was behind for most of the contest until they tied it at 16-all and again at 18 and 19 before they made a run on the Cowboys.
The hosts made a run that kept the Cowboys at bay until the two teams tied again at 22-22.
Killdeer took the lead on a service ace by Myranda Reiss, but the Wildfire scored the next three points to pull out the win.
Ahead by a 2-1 score, the Wildfire needed just one more win to claim their first victory of the season.
Instead, the visiting Cowboys got an early lead and kept it to claim a 25-22 win and force a fifth set.
The Wildfire build an early 3-0 lead, only to see the Cowboys come back to tie the contest at 4-all, 5-all and 7-all.
A Cowboy attempt to kill went out of bounds and tied the game at 8-8, but then the Cowboys took the lead for good.
At least until the Wildfire tied it again at 13-all.
But after tying the score one last time at 14-14, the Cowboys came up with two straight points for the hard-fought win.
According to Killdeer coach Allison Sampsel, the Cowboys came up with just enough to win Monday in Mott Armory, making the long cold trip back home easier.
“We just struggled to play in sync tonight (Monday),” she said after the win. “But thankfully, we came out with the win gave those last few points our all and it turned out good for us.
“Everyone kind of had their moments. I’d like to see more of us all being in sync together. We had a kill when we needed one and we didn’t when we needed one. That’s just how tonight (Monday) worked.”
For Wildfire coach Kayleen Meckle, their was a positive side to the team’s latest lost in an 0-21 season.
“Hands down, this was the best game we have ever played,” she said. “We had the most kills we have ever had… the most assists we ever had. Our defense has been really stepping up the last few weeks.
“This is the best I have ever seen us play,” she added.
Killdeer beats Anderson
The Killdeer Cowboys added a non-conference win Tuesday in their home gym, but they needed five sets to do it.
The visitors from Alexander won the first two sets by 25-20 and 25-20 margins.
Then the Cowboys won the next three (25-23, 25-23 and 15-13.
Myranda Reiss and Megan Olson led the Cowboys in kills against Alexander. Reisss finished with 16, while Olson had 10 kills.