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Duda Gets 200th Win as Argos Volleyball Team Sweeps Western on Senior Night

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It was a momentous night inside the McLaughlin Center as UGF head coach Arunas Duda won his 200th career match on the Argo’s senior night. Great Falls recovered from a slow first set start to win in straight sets over conference foe Montana Western 25-23, 25-10, 25-21.

“I was just really happy that I could get 200 at home and on senior night,” Duda said about his milestone win. “It was an exciting night and I'm glad it all came together for us.”

In the beginning of the first it didn’t look so certain that things would come together for the Argos. UGF struggled early on in serve receive and fell behind the Bulldogs who were coming off of a stunning five set upset of conference leader Rocky Mountain College.

UGF’s net defense and receive game started to settle in as the set wore on and the unbridled emotions of senior night wore off. The comeback was slow and methodical and completed just in time. The Lady Argonaut’s took their first lead of the night on set points and then finished the set 25-23. Senior outside hitter Gabby Bienkowski stepped up in that first game, leading the team with four kills and keeping a clean error sheet.

Bienkowski continued her high level of play in set two but was joined by the rest of her team this time.

The Argos dominated the next set 25-10, particularly with their defense. They allowed just two kills from the Bulldogs, forced 10 hitting errors and earned four team blocks. That defense was made easier by some superb serving from freshman Tymerie Vincelli and senior Devon Bogart.

With Vincelli serving early in the set, UGF went on a 6-0 run which was soon followed up with another run while Bogart served. Both players kept the UMW side on the defensive with powerful serves and each earned an ace in the set.

Set three was a much closer ordeal, going back and forth with the mood of each squad’s play. After a minor run from the Bulldogs, Duda’s squad found itself down 19-17 and the verge of giving an upset minded Montana Western team a shot of momentum.

At that moment, Duda called a timeout and his team responded. A few minute later the Argos were up 22-20 and forced the Bulldogs into a timeout of their own.  From there it was pretty much all Argos and appropriately enough it was a UGF senior, Bogart, who got the winning point.

“Seeing our senior win their last home match was the most important part,” Duda said. “They have put so much into this program and I’m just glad we could honor them with a win tonight.”

The kill leaders for UGF were two seniors who usually are secondary offensive weapons. Bienkowski led the team with ten kills and just two errors, while senior right side hitter, Keva Robinson was just behind with nine kills. Bienkowski also led the team in receptions, a crucial stat in a match that largely went with the better serving team.

UGF’s usual kill lead, Madison Wilhelm, didn’t have one of her best offensive matches but instead turned in solid night of net defense. She led the Argos with two solo blocks and one block assists as part of the team’s six total blocks.

There is now just one match left on the Lady Argo’s regular season schedule as their record sits at 24-9 (6-5). Their final match will be a conference road trip to Montana State University-Northern on Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m.

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