In what looked like an easy win for the Night Hawk volleyball team turned into a struggle against Bowman County at Bowman on Nov. 1.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
In what looked like an easy win for the Night Hawk volleyball team turned into a struggle against Bowman County at Bowman on Nov. 1. The Bulldogs were mired in 10th place in Region 7 with a 2-8 region record, while the Night Hawks were in second place with an 8-2 region record.
The first set was a dog fight but the Night Hawks came out on top 25-19. Bowman turned the tables in the second set as their play was consistent and the Night Hawks were inconsistent at times. Bowman pulled this one out 25-23 even though the Night Hawks had jumped out to an early 11-6 lead. Bowman closed the gap and at one time led 23-18 before the Night Hawks put on a short run, but could not take over the lead.
The third set had the Night Hawks jumping out to a 14-4 lead and seemed to have Bowman frustrated as they finished with a 25-13 win. They also took the fourth set by a 25-19 score but only after fighting off many Bulldog runs.
Brianna Robinson, Molly Holt, Alyssa Andress, Tayler Burwick and Abbie Kludt all contributed timely kills, digs, serves or assists in a team effort.
Skylar Ruggles for Bowman had a great match as she returned many tough shots from her position in the back row.
With the win the Night Hawks locked up second place in the region with a 9-2 record. Hazen also is 9-2, but were defeated by the Night Hawks earlier for the tiebreaker.
Both the Night Hawks “C” squad and the Junior Varsity won their matches. The “C” squad continued their winning ways by scores of 25-21 and 25-17. The JV lost their opening set by 25-21 but came back to win the next two sets by scores 25-22 and 15-13.