Final Scores from the first day of the Frontier Conference Volleyball Tournament on Friday, November 11.
#4 UGF - 3
#5 MSU-Northern -1
#2 Montana Tech - 3
#7 Lewis & Clark State - 0
#3 Rocky Mountain - 3
#6 Montana Western - 0
Courtesy: UGF Sports Information
Score: UGF 3, MSUN 1 (32-30, 24-26, 25-20, 25-22)
Location: Great Falls, Mont. (The McLaughlin Center)
Records: UGF 14-13 (7-6), MSUN 6-16 (5-8)
Quick Recap: A huge first set comeback by the Lady Argos boosted the team to a 3-1 win over MSU-Northern in the first round of the Frontier Conference Playoffs. With the win, UGF advances to the semifinals for the second straight year.
The first set was a hard fought battle from both teams, and at a point, Northern looked like they would take the set. The Skylights had a 23-16 lead before two straight kills by the Lady Argos made the score 23-18.
Six straight points on Emily Stoker’s serve tied the score at 24-all, and it was either team’s set to win. The Argos finally took the lead at 29-28, but a kill by Northern tied the score. UGF had to go a few more points before getting another lead at 31-30. It was Stoker’s serve once again and an attack error by Northern helped UGF take the set 32-30.
The second set was a similar story, only this time UGF’s comeback fell short. Northern led by as many as 5 points in the set, but UGF came back to close the gap at 21-20. Both teams went back and forth and the Lady Argos tied the match at 24-all. A Wilhelm service error and a Northern kill gave the Skylights the 26-24 set win.
Northern refused to go down easy, and made UGF fight for the last two sets. The third set was close, until three Bree Davis points put the Lady Argos up 22-18. Davis’ points were a kill, an ace, and then a Skylights attack error on her serve. Northern scored two more points, but UGF was able to close out the set, 25-20.
In the fourth set, UGF woke up and got off to a 10-6 lead. They led the rest of the set, but Northern fought back to make the score 23-22. A Korie Milan kill and Olivia Snead ace put the game in the bag, giving UGF the 25-22 victory in the fourth set.
For the Lady Argos:
For the Opponent:
“I knew it was going to be a battle going into it, and it was definitely that way all the way through the match. Northern does a lot of things well. They have a lot of key hitters, play great defense, and force you into a lot of mistakes. So, we were up and down a bit, but we were consistent in the end.” – Head Coach Arunas Duda on the win
“We haven’t beat [Northern] yet this season, and winning the first round is a really good confidence boost for everyone.” – Senior captain Madison Wilhelm on what the win means for the rest of the tournament
Notes: This is the second straight year the Lady Argos advance to the conference semi-finals. They will look to improve on last year's post-season performance, where they lost 3-1 to Rocky in the semis.
What’s Next: The victory puts the No. 4 seed UGF above .500 on the season, and into the semifinals, with the opponent to be determined. The lowest remaining seed will take on No. 1 Carroll at 11 a.m. on Nov. 12. The remainder of the bracket will fill in from there.