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Saints Top UGF 3-1 in Frontier Opener

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The Carroll College Volleyball team came back from a first-set loss to dominate three sets in a row and earn a 21-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19 win over the 25th-ranked University of Great Falls Argos Thursday at the PE Center in Helena.
 
Carroll continued it's strong play that began at the Five Points Bank Invitational in Hastings, Neb. The win moves Carroll to 7-7 on the season and 1-0 in Frontier Conference play. UGF is now 14-5 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
 
Carroll dominated the net with 11 blocks to the Argos' five and .266 kill percentage to UGF's .190.
 
UGF jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set and held the lead for through the entire set, Carroll cut the lead to 18-17 before UGF rattled off a 7-3 run to close out the set.
 
In the second set, the two teams were tied at five before Carroll went on a 10-2 run to take a commanding lead, which they held to win the set.
 
Head coach Moe Boyle says the difference in the two sets was the play of reigning Frontier Conference Attacker of the Week Holly Morehouse.
 
"When Holly started bringing it in the second set, that made the difference," Boyle said. "They really struggled to pick her ball up and the rest of the team started to feed off of her and we started playing a lot better."
 
In the third set, the Saints jumped out to a 5-1 lead and led 10-3 before the Argos rallied to tie the game at 12. Carroll again went on a big run to take a 19-14 lead, which proved to be enough as the Saints prevailed 25-21.
 
The fourth set followed the same script as the third set, Carroll took an early lead before the Argos battle back to cut the Saints' lead to 12-11. The Saints then outpaced UGF to earn the 25-19 win in the set and the 3-1 win overall.
 
Boyle was excited to open conference play with a win but she sees a lot of room for improvement for the Saints, most importantly in consistency.
 
"We'd get ahead by six or seven, then we'd let them get go on run and we'd have to play point-for-point and we can't do that," Boyle said.  "But there is such a calm on the floor with this group of girls who are in right now, you feel like it's going to be OK."
 
Morehouse and Paige Montgomery tallied 13 kills each to lead the Saints. Freshman Brielle Bumgarner had a match-high eight blocks.
 
Rebecca Sweeney tallied 16 digs to lead the Saints on the defensive end. Jonni Dorr had 29 assists to spur the attack.
 
The Saints don't have long to rest on their laurels; Carroll is back in action tomorrow against Montana Western at 7 p.m. at the PE Center.

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