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Ray stuns Wolves in Region 8 title game

Posted 11/17/15 (Tue)

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City’s hopes of advancing to the State Class B Volleyball Tournament were dashed by the Ray Jays in the Region 8 Tournament title game on Thursday, Nov. 12.
“It was a tough loss,” stated Brad Foss, Wolves’ head coach. “We had a great run, but just came up short.”
The Wolves advanced to the Region 8 Tournament as the District 15 champions and then knocked off Stanley and Kenmare in the first two games of the regional tournament.
Ray 3, Watford City 2
In a battle royale that saw momentum swings from the first serve to the final point, Watford City and Ray slugged it out in a five-game match for the right to represent Region 8 at the State Class B Volleyball Tournament.
The Jays jumped out to a 25-21 first game win, with Watford City battling back to take the second game, 25-16.
The momentum then swung to the Wolves’ favor in the third game when Watford City could do no wrong, while Ray struggled against strong serving and dominating play at the net.
With a 25-9 third game win and a 2-1 lead, it looked like all Watford City needed was just one more win in order to punch their ticket to the state tournament.
But, Ray would not simply roll over in the fourth game as the two teams battled it out with the Jays taking the win, 25-23, to send the match into a fifth and deciding game.
In the final game of the match, it was all Ray as the Jays jumped out to a quick lead before taking the 15-8 win.
Watford City had 39 kills, 87 digs and seven service aces, and five blocks in the loss.
Ricki Lindley led the Wolves with 21 kills, while Mikka Haugeberg had 32 digs and five service aces.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Kills: Ricki Lindley, 21; Katie Mogen, 18.
Assists: ReiAnn Lindley, 26; Alli Mogen, 18.
Digs: Mikka Haugeberg, 32; Ricki Lindley, 29; Katie Mogen, 26.
Blocks: K. Mogen, 3; Krystal Wold, 2.
Aces: Haugeberg, 5; A. Mogen, 2.

Region 8 Semifinals
Watford City 3, Kenmare 0

With a 3-0 drubbing of the Kenmare Honkers in the semifinals of the Region 8 Tournament, Watford City moved to the championship game of the tournament.
The Wolves rolled over the Honkers, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-15, in the three-game sweep.
“This was our best match yet,” stated Foss on the Wolves’ easy win. “The team played exceptionally well.”
Watford City controlled the net offensively and defensively with the Wolves scoring on 27 kills and 11 blocks.
Katie Mogen led the Wolves with 11 kills and seven blocks, while ReiAnn Lindley had three service aces.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Kills: Katie Mogen, 11; Ricki Lindley, 9; Mackenzie Sparby, 7.
Assists: Alli Mogen, 15; ReiAnn Lindley, 10.
Digs: Brea Jore, 10; Mikka Haugeberg, 10; A. Mogen, 9; ReiAnn Lindley, 9.
Blocks: K. Mogen, 7; Sparby, 4.
Aces: ReiAnn Lindley, 3; Haugeberg, 2; Jore, 2.

Region 8 First Round
Watford City 3, Stanley 0

Watford City opened the Region 8 Tournament on Monday, Nov. 9, with a 3-1 win over the Stanley Blue Jays.
The Wolves took the first two games by scores of 25-18, and 25-16, before dropping the third game to the Blue Jays, 32-30.
Watford City then shut the door on Stanley with a 25-19 win to advance to the semifinals.
The Wolves had 35 kills, 14 blocks and 13 service aces in the match.
Katie Mogen led Watford City with 17 kills and seven blocks, while Alli Mogen had 12 assists and Brea Jore had seven service aces.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Kills: Katie Mogen, 17; Ricki Lindley, 11; Mackenzie Sparby, 5; Krystal Wold, 2.
Assists: Alli Mogen, 12; ReiAnn Lindley, 11.
Digs: Ricki Lindley, 13; Mikka Haugeberg, 11; Brea Jore, 8.
Blocks: K. Mogen, 7; Sparby, 4; Wold, 3.
Aces: Jore, 7; Ricki Lindley, 3; Haugeberg, 3.