The Bucs played very tough during both of their matches, but just couldn’t pull ahead in time to finish out the matches. They lost both matches 3-1. “We have a very tough schedule this year. I know I wanted to play more games and to play more games against good teams to prepare my team and we are doing just that. Our win-loss record doesn’t do us justice when you look at it because we have been competing against some really talented teams and are just about ready to get over the hump,” Coach Fritz said. In the first match, the Lady Bucs had a slow start but finally found some momentum before losing the first set 17-25. Followed by a loss of 16-25 in the second set, the Lady Bucs finally got some offense going as they won the third 25-13. The fourth was a nail biter all the way to the end with Briercrest pulling ahead at the last moment for a 23-25 win.
The leaders for this match were Shayna Baugh with 11 kills followed by Cierra Loudon with 7. Samantha Youngman had 26 assists. Erin Campbell led the charge in the back row with 23 digs while Baugh was a presence at the net once again with 6 blocks. Harlee Speth tallied up 3 aces by the end of the game followed by Ebonay Clark with 2.
The second match proved to be a little more interesting with the Bucs taking the first set 25-23 and putting the pressure back on Briercrest. But in the second set, the Bucs had a hard time getting going again and lost 10-25. The Bucs weren’t done yet though after a hard fought battle in the third, Briercrest barely edged out DCC with a 23-25 win followed by a 17-25 win to end the game in the fourth. Speth led the team in kills with 8 and Loudon was right behind her with 6. Kylee Stump led in assists with 13 and Youngman finished with 11. Youngman also tallied up 4 aces from the serving line. Speth led the team in digs with 19 while Baugh continued her dominance at the net with 4.5 blocks.
The Lady Bucs will be facing off against conference opponent Williston State College on Wednesday September 19th at home. Game time is 7pm and it is “Red Night” so fans are encouraged to come out and dress in red to support the Bucs in another home contest before they hit the road for Nebraska this weekend.