Bulldogs outlast SGHS volleyball

The fourth set was for No. 4. Townsend’s No. 4, that is. 

The Bulldogs’ Tavia Rooney, a 5-foot-10 junior, powered her team through a tying fourth set and helped lead a two-set comeback against Big Timber on Sept. 12, a 3-2 decision (25-23, 19-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-6).

Rooney had seven kills and an ace in the fourth set that brought the match back to a 2-2 tie. In all, she led the team with 26 total kills during the five frames. For Jolie Wood and Herders (2-3, 0-2 District 5), the best they could do was hope. 

“Well, you just kind of have to hope for the best I guess,” Jolie Wood said. “But we’ve definitely come a long ways, especially with our freshmen who haven’t had much experience. We’re definitely very young, but our serving has gotten a lot better. We’re just getting more touches on balls we used to not.”

The Herders did a little battling early, after falling in the first set by a pair of points. A decisive second set victory that saw Townsend (2-3, 2-1 District 4) commit six service errors, began to give the Herders a little taste of everything. By the game’s conclusion, the up and down roller coaster of experience had come to a stop. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Don't forget to check out the full album from Tuesday night's game with Townsend

“That’s what we talked about after the game, that they’d win one then we’d win one,” said head coach Dale Wood. “I just said we gave up too many points, and we went with a brand new rotation tonight. I got some really young kids in tonight.”

The Herders were libero-less in their rotation, paving the way for younger players to get some varsity playing time. Dale Wood sited the fact that if starting players get injured throughout the season, this is the prime place to get live experience so if that does happen, the younger players will be ready to step up.

Gracie Flemming and Lauren Niebur, who primarily play JV for SGHS, saw playing time in one set and were examples of those younger athletes getting playing time with the new rotation. 

For more of this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Big Timber Pioneer on newsstands now, or subscribe online at bigtimberpioneer.net.

PHOTO CAPTION: Marissa Morgan takes a dig off an attack from a Townsend hitter on Sept. 12 in Big Timber. Morgan had six digs in five sets as the Herders fell to the Bulldogs 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 28-30, 25-21, 15-6).  (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSEFLD / Big Timber Pioneer)



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