Watford City’s spikers blow by Trenton
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s varsity volleyball team rolled over the Trenton Tigers in three quick games last Thursday evening and then took second place at the Beach Tournament on Saturday.
But the Wolves will have their work cut out for them this week as Watford City takes on two formidable foes in Divide County and Dickinson Trinity. Watford City will travel to Crosby for a tough regional matchup against the Maroons on Thursday and then host the Dickinson Trinity Titans on Monday, Oct. 17.
Watford City 3, Trenton 0
Watford City used its size and quickness to upend a much smaller Trenton Tiger team in varsity volleyball action last Thursday.
The Wolves easily won the first game, 25-7, and then closed out the final two games of the night defeating the Tigers by scores of 25-18 and 25-18.
Amanda Mogen led the Wolves with four service aces, while Charlie Hystad had eight kills. For the match, Watford City had 12 service aces and 28 kills.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Aces: Amanda Mogen, 4; Brianna Allex, 3; Charlie Hystad, 1; McKayla Haugeberg, 1; Jessica Brown, 1; Taylor Sparby, 1; Tori Hopkins, 1.
Kills: Hystad, 8; Allex, 7; Haugeberg, 6; Brown, 4; Mogen, 3.
Assists: Tori Hopkins, 13; Haugeberg, 8; Hystad, 1; Mogen, 1.
Blocks: Allex, 1; Brown, 1.
Digs: Haugeberg, 7; Tillie Alveshere, 4; Hystad, 3; Mogen, 3; Brown, 2; Bessie Schmitz, 2; Jennifer Levang, 2; Allex, 1.
Watford City got off to a slow start, but finished strong in the Beach Tournament on Saturday.
In what looked like it could be a long day of volleyball, the Wolves went 1-2 in pool play. Watford City lost its first match to Flasher, 20-14 and 20-11, before coming back to knock off Beach, 20-16 and 20-8. In the third round of pool play, the Wolves dropped a pair of games to Bowman, 20-11 and 20-10.
But it’s how you finish a tournament, and not how you start it, that counts. And on this weekend, the Wolves finished strong with a second place finish.
In tournament action, the Wolves fell to Richardton-Taylor, 25-18, and then came back to take the next two games, 25-19 and 15-13.
Watford City again found itself trailing early against Beach in the second game as Wolves lost to the Bucs, 25-18, in the first game but won the next two games, 25-10 and 25-9.
In the title game, Heart River edged the Wolves, 25-22 and 25-19, to win the tournament.
Cumulative individual statistics for Watford City from the tournament were as follows:
Aces: Brianna Allex, 7; Charlie Hystad, 6; Tori Hopkins, 6; McKayla Haugeberg, 4; Jessica Brown, 3; Amanda Mogen, 1.
Kills: Allex, 30; Hystad, 26; Haugeberg, 16; Mogen, 13; Brown, 9; Hopkins, 3; Tessa Dwyer, 2.
Assists: Hopkins, 53; Haugeberg, 4; Brown, 4; Allex, 1; Hystad, 1; Mogen, 1; Dwyer, 1.
Blocks: Mogen, 4; Allex, 1; Hystad, 1; Haugeberg, 1; Brown, 1.
Digs: Haugeberg, 43; Allex, 34; Mogen, 32; Hopkins, 26; Hystad, 23; Dwyer, 20; Brown, 10.