Mott-Regent got off to a fast start, quickly winning the first set in Killdeer.
But after dropping the next two sets, the Wildfire needed to rally with two straight wins to claim a 3-2 upset victory on the road over the Cowboys (Oct. 23).
By Brad Mosher
The win improved the Wildfire record to 2-7 in Region 7 play. The loss dropped the Cowboys to 5-3 and fifth place in the standings.
Killdeer came back to win the second set decisively with a 25-15 victory, tying the match.
The Cowboys followed that with a narrow 25-22 win to take a 2-1 edge. But they needed to win three straight points to break a 22-22 tie.
Down 2-1, Mott rallied to win the fourth set, with the Wildfire making a quick five-point run to take a 19-15 lead midway.
The Cowboys rallied to tie the game at 20-20, before Mott-Regent used a key block and a kill by senior outside hitter Breanna Friedt to pull out a 25-22 win, tying the contest at 2-2 and forcing a fifth set.
The Wildfire took an early advantage, building an early7-3 lead.
The Cowboys rallied, closing the score to 7-6 before Mott-Regent ran off a 6-0 streak, to take a 13-6 lead.
Mott-Regent picked the final two points for the upset 15-7 win.
For Wildfire coach Kayleen Meckle, it was a big win in several ways. “Our girls played exceptionally and I couldn’t have been more proud of them. We served 92 percent as a team and played our best passing game of the season.
“All our girls showed up mentally and gave it everything they had. They made smart plays and didn’t let much get through their defense,” Meckle said.
The win may carry through the rest of the season, the coach added. “We were able to snap a losing streak, which should give us some good momentum to finish the season strong.”
Friedt led the Wildfire with 19 kills and 31 digs against the Cowboys.
Madison Meier and Abby Hill both had 24 digs for Mott-Regent, while Karagan Friedt finished with 18 digs.
The win broke a six-game losing streak for the Wildfire, and set up the team for its final two regular season games on the road at New England (Oct. 25) and New Salem (Oct. 30). It also moved the team into a tie with Glen Ullin/Hebron at 2-7 in Region 7 standings. The Wildfire improved its season record to 4-9.
For the Cowboys, the loss dropped the team to 5-3 and into fifth place in the regional standings, one game behind Bowman County (6-2).
Steena Larsen led the Cowboys with 11 kills, while Megan Olsen added eight and Kylee Boltz finished with seven.
Chelsea Morlock had 17 assists, while Larsen finished with 15.
Larsen led the team with 30 digs, followed by Madison Wilhelm with 20 and Faith Dukart with 18.
Boltz had five block, while Myranda Reiss had two and Elissa Steffan had one.
Steffan and Wilhelm both had two aces in the contest.