Posted 11/18/14 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s hopes of advancing to the State Class B Volleyball Tournament were short-circuited on Tuesday in opening round action of the Region 8 Volleyball Tournament.
The Wolves, the No. 1 seed from District 15, took on Burke County, the No. 4 seed from District 16, and were hoping that they would cruise to the semifinals. But the Titans had dreams of moving on in the tournament as well.
From the start of the match, it looked like the Wolves would easily move to the semifinals as Watford City took the first two games by scores of 25-18 and 25-22, and would need just one win to advance.
But the Titans battled the Wolves to a 25-22 win in the third game, and then bested Watford City, 25-22, in the fourth game.
With the stage set for the fifth and deciding game, Watford City struggled to establish an offensive rhythm and fell to the Titans, 15-10.
Ricki Lindley and Kara Langerud led the Wolves with 10 kills each, while Langerud had six service aces and Tarynn Jacobson had 18 assists.
Defensively, Emily Segneri had seven blocks, while Bailee Garmann and Langerud had 16 digs each.
Individual statistics for Watford City from the match were as follows:
Kills: Ricki Lindley, 10; Kara Langerud, 10; Emily Segneri, 9.
Assists: Tarynn Jacobson, 18; Alli Mogen, 10.
Digs: Bailee Garmann, 16; Langerud, 16; Lindley, 8.
Blocks: Segneri, 7; Lindley, 6.
Aces: Langerud, 6; Garmann, 4.
Watford City ended its season with a 19-15-2 record and was the District 15 Champions.