Lady Wildfire put up good fight, but fall to Hettinger/Scranton

Mott-Regent traveled to Hettinger on Oct. 18 with a 4-4 region record to take on the Night Hawks.

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Ellie Messmer (#15) gets ready to spike the ball against the Lady Night Hawks. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Herald)

By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Herald

Mott-Regent traveled to Hettinger on Oct. 18 with a 4-4 region record to take on the Night Hawks.  The Wildfire started out with an impressive 25-23 win in the initial set.  They took the lead early and maintained it by managing to hold off any long scoring runs by the Night Hawks.  Junior MaLynn Kautzman had an excellent first set for the Wildfire with her kills and strong serves.

The next three sets belonged to the Night Hawks as they outscored the Wildfire 25-17, 25-13 and 25-15.  After their first set loss, the Night Hawks seemed inspired and it was reflected in their effort.  It was a team effort but Molly Holt, Abbie Kludt, Alyssa Andress, Brianna Robinson and Taylor Burwick really stepped up.  It started in the second set as it was up for grabs until Robinson started serving with the Night Hawks holding a slim 10-9 lead.  When she was through serving, the Night Hawks were leading 16-9 and they never looked back for the rest of the sets.

The Wildfire also dropped both the C squad and junior varsity matches.  The Night Hawks C squad prevailed by scores of 25-13 and 25-15. Madelyn Larson had some impressive kills and serves for the young Night Hawks. Hettinger/Scranton won the junior varsity match with scores of 25-13 and 25-15.

The loss puts the Wildfire at 4-5 on the season in the region, with an overall record of 8-11.

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