The Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Night Hawk volleyball team took on the New England Tigers in the quarter finals of the Region 7 tournament. New England (NE) was coming off a play-in win over Mott-Regent and was the No. 5 seed in the tourney. Hettinger/Scranton was seeded No. 4 and did not have to play a play-in game. During region play HS had defeated NE 3-2 in sets back on Sept. 28.
In the first set NE jumped out to an 11-3 lead and the Night Hawks could not recover as they lost 25-14. The second set was much like the first as NE took the early lead 11-1 and were never threatened in their 25-15 win. Senior Hailee Kuske was the main force for NE in this set with her blocks and kills.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Record
The Night Hawks fought back and easily won the third set 25-14 and led at one point 21-10. Kaitlin Jahner provided the spark for the Night Hawks with her overall play. In the fourth set HS jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but NE caught up and the lead went back and forth for the remainder of the set. The set was tied at 23 all when NE scored the final two points to win 25-23.
Kuske led the Tigers with 21 kills and ten blocks while Victoria Jalbert came up with 28 digs and Paige Ehlis added 17 assists. For the Night Hawks Alyssa Andress had 15 kills, Carolyn Shultz recorded 26 digs and Abbie Kludt had 21 assists.
Other quarterfinal matches had Region 7’s No. 1 seed Trinity downing the Bowman Co. Bulldogs in three sets. Ellie Stafford had 15 kills and five blocks for the Bulldogs. Hazen and Heart River also won their matches in three sets over Glen Ullin-Hebron and Killdeer respectfully.
In the first semi-final match the New England volleyball team downed Trinity 25-19 in the first set and then Trinity bounced back to take the next three by scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-7. Junior Masy Kuntz led the Titans with 16 kills, 12 digs and one block while Kuske led the Tigers with five blocks, two aces and eight kills.
Trinity will now play Heart River Nov. 9 for the Region 7 championship. Ht. River defeated Hazen in three sets to advance.