By Brad Mosher
New England needed a last minute rally to pull out a three-set win over visiting Grant County volleyball squad Thursday at home.
The Tigers won 25-22, 25-21 and 28-26 over the Region 5 foe.
In the final set, the visiting Coyotes had a 24-23 lead before the Tigers tied it at 24-all, 25-all and 26-all.
The Tigers scored the final two points to take the set and the fourth victory in a row.
Sebella Sorenson led the Tigers with eight kills. Jersey Binstock had four blocks. Angel Erickson finished with five aces, while Hadley Binstock came up with 19 digs. Shelley Kathrein finished the contest with 24 assists.
Tigers top Raiders
The Tigers had extended the New England winning streak to three with a 3-1 victory over visiting Richardton-Taylor Sept. 20, but they had to rally to do it.
After winning the first set, the Tigers let the Raiders take a 7-0 lead the hosts could not recover from.
Both teams battled for the third win, with the hosts barely pulling out a 26-24 win over Richardton-Taylor to take a 2-1 edge.
The Tigers pulled out the win with a 25-17 victory in the fourth set.
“In the second set, we had seven hitting errors,” Tiger coach Kay Moody said after the game. “It was 7-0. I think that speaks for itself. It was negative errors, not positive errors.
“We gave them 15 points (in the second set).”
The Tigers had problems in the third set also. “We put ourselves in a hole and we had to dig out of it. We had to play pretty smart and not make a lot of errors at the end,” she said.
Moody also praised the visiting Raiders for making it difficult for the Tigers. “They did a nice job of keeping the ball in play. They didn’t make a lot of errors. They dug a lot of balls.”
The coach admitted that the team had a lot to work on and improve upon.
Sorenson led the Tigers with 11 kills, while Hadley Binstock had 10 and Erickson added eight.
Erickson finished with five blocks, ahead of Hadley Binstock’s four, Jersey Binstock’s two and Shelley Kathrein’s two.
Kathrein had 28 assists, while Emily Dinius finished with two.
Kathrein led the team in digs (20), ahead of Jersey Binstock (19) and Erickson (19).
The Wildfire are still looking for the first win of the season after dropping a 3-0 decision Sept. 19 to visiting Beulah in the Mott Armory.
The loss dropped the team’s record to 0-7 for the season going into Thursday’s home battle with Beach at the Mott Armory.
The Wildfire will be traveling to Bismarck Saturday to play in the Shiloh Christian invitational, then travel to Richardton-Taylor Oct. 1 for a 7 p.m. contest.
Mott-Regent will return to the Mott Armory Oct. 8 when they host Hazen.
As of Sept. 23
Bowman County 3-0 7-0
Hettinger-Scranton 2-0 10-4
New England 3-1 5-3
Trinity 3-1 11-4
Beulah 3-1 4-3
Heart River 2-1 5-3
Hazen 2-3 3-7-3
Beach 1-2 2-2
Richardton-Taylor 1-2 2-5
Mott-Regent 0-2 0-7
Killdeer 0-3 1-6
Glen Ullin/Hebron 0-4 1-5