New England challenges foes in jamboree doubleheader

The New England Tigers were hit by two sweeps during Saturday’s volleyball jamboree at Dickinson Trinity.

But they won’t have an impact on the regional standings, according to New England coach Kay Moody.

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The team started the jamboree with a three-set loss to Heart River in the morning competition by 25-14, 25-22 and 25-21 margins.

In the afternoon, the hosts handed the Tigers a second sweep, leaving the New England squad on the short end of a 25-21, 25-12 and 25-7 scores.

“We have to put

together a whole set… a whole match. We give teams some breaks,” Moody explained after the morning loss to Heart River. “When we put together a whole set and a whole match, then we will be very competitive.

“It is hard when you have lapses and then have to pull yourself up against a good team,” she said.

“I like the fact that we are playing another tough team here.”

In the afternoon game against Dickinson, Shelley Kathrein led the Tigers with 23 digs, while Elizabeth Kaufman had 18, Jersey Binstock and Angel Erickson each added 16 digs. Emily Dinius had eight.

Binstock and Sebella Sorenson each had one block in the contest.

Kaufman finished the contest with four kills, while Binstock had two.

The fact the Tigers had two matches with the Titans almost back-to-back was good, Moody explained.

“It’s a challenge for our girls, but hopefully we’ll become a better team,” she added.

In the morning game against the Cougars, the Tigers were led by Kathrein’s sven kills, while Sorenson had five and Kaufman had four.

Binstock had the team’s only block.

The Tigers eight aces, with Erickson logging three of them. Kathrein had two and Binstock, Sorenson and Dinus finishing with one.

The biggest number for the Tigers was in digs, with Erickson logging 19 and Binstock picking up 18. Kaufman finished with 14.Dinius had 17 assists, while Kathrein had one.

After competing against Beulah and Glen Ullin/Hebron at home, the Tigers will be going back on the road with trips to Flasher tonight and Hazen for the volleyball tournament Saturday.

Then the Tigers will have a 10-day break in action until they travel to Hazen again Oct. 23 , before hosting Mott/ Regent Oct. 25 to end the regular part of the season.

Going into the home match against Beulah, New England had a 1-5 record in Region 7 and 2-10 overall.

In Saturday’s jamboree. The Tigers played Trinity (7-0, 28-5-1) while Heart River was in third with a 5-1 regional record and 8-3-1 for the season.

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