Lady Locos earn Eastern A win over Miles City

Story by RYAN MINCH

 

It’s been an up and down season for the  Laurel Lady Locomotives volleyball team through the first month of the season, and their most recent week of competition was no different.

On Tuesday, the Lady Locomotives swept Miles City in three games before an inconsistent showing at the Laurel Invitational Saturday.

“The Laurel Invite was definitely an up and down day for us,” said second-year head coach Nikki Burke. “We came out and had trouble passing and in the serve receive.”

While the Lady Locomotives struggled to find consistency Saturday, Burke was pleased with the play of the Lady Locos against Miles City earlier in the week.

“The girls came out fired up and ready to play,” Burke said. “They kept their composure and focus throughout the entire match, and even when we got down in couple of sets, their demeanor never changed.”

Laurel won all three games with scores of 25-15, 25-20 and 26-24.

In game three the Lady Locos rallied from a 23-18 deficit to score eight of the final nine points to secure the match.

“The fight and heart they showed in the third set was awesome,” Burke said. “It’s something I’ve been waiting to see from them all year because I knew they had it in them.”

Maesa Story had 11 kills to lead the attack for Laurel, while Annie Norman and Hailey Spitzer added six apiece. Maygan McFate registered 14 of the teams 23 assists, while Norman (5) and Spitzer (3) also combined for eight of Laurel’s 10 aces.

Sarah Wiscomb and Abbie Lohof led the defensive effort with Wiscomb tallying 20 digs. Lohoff registered 19 and the team’s lone block.

“It’s a very big win for us and gives us some confidence heading into the match (Friday night at home) against Billings Central,” Burke added.

Billings Central is 11-5 overall and leads the Eastern A with a 1-0 league record. Laurel is currently third in the Eastern A at 1-1 in league and 2-4 overall.

 

Laurel goes 2-3 at LHS Invite

Laurel dropped two of their three pool play matches — to Bridger and Huntley Project, who are currently leading their respective conferences — to finish third in their pool.

Pool play finish pitted them against Roundup where they fell to the Lady Panthers in two games, 25-19 and 25-17.

Laure beat Bridger behind Norman’s eight kills. 

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