By Brad Mosher
The New England Tigers needed a first round victory to earn a spot in Monday’s Region 7 volleyball championship tournament.
The team easily picked up a 3-0 sweep over visiting Richardton-Taylor to move into Monday’s final eight match up at Dickinson Trinity.
The Tigers picked up a quick 25-11 win in the first set, then followed it with a 25-7 win.
The third and final win came with a little more difficulty, but the Raiders were ousted from the regional tournament by a 25-17 margin.
The sweep earned the Tigers a second shot at the Heart River Cougars Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Trinity gymnasium in Dickinson.
The two teams met in the region opener in September, with the visiting Cougars winning a 3-0 decision in New England. The Cougars finished regional play with just two losses – on to undefeated Hettinger-Scranton (11-0) and Trinity – both by 3-0 margins.
New England coach Kay Moody was glad it was a quick three-set victory Friday, in hopes the team will be ready for a big challenge Monday in Dickinson.
“It is a rolling schedule. We will be the last match of the evening,” Moody said.
The first set was fast. We were aggressive on our serves and we didn’t let Richardton-Taylor get too
much momentum. We kind of kept it on our side… kept the energy on our side.”
The Raiders were a challenging team for the Tigers even if they won just one set against New England all year, she added. “Richardton-Taylor has some athletes on their team. They put up some nice blocks, so we needed to cover our hitters.”
In spite of the challenge, the Tigers had an impressive win to build upon for the tournament quarterfinals in Dickinson, she added.
“I was happy with the girls’ performance. We are being more aggressive. That is what we like. Our serves are more effective and our passing is getting better,” she said. “Our defense is coming along.”
The Tigers finished the year with two wins over the Raiders, the first by a 3-1 margin in September.
Jersey Binstock led the Tigers’ November attack at the net, finishing with nine kills, while Angel Erickson pounded six and Sebella Sorenson had five.
Both Sorenson and Emily Dinius finished with 1.5 blocks, while Jersey Binstock had one.
Jersey Binstock led the team in serves with four aces, while both Erickson and Sorenson had three aces each.
Hadley Binstock finished with 18 digs against the Raiders, while Dinius had nine, and both Erickson and Jersey Binstock ended up with eight digs each.
Shelley Kathrein had 20 assists in the three sets.
On the Raiders’ side, Ieesha Jordan and Hadlee Gebhardt both finished with three kills. Alayna Dressler and Skylar Crow both finished with two.
Crow ended the season with two blocks in the three sets and Dressler added another.
Both Jordan and Reine Vogt had eight digs for the Raiders.
Crow had seven assists in the final contest of the season.
Hettinger-Scranton 11-0 19-4
Heart River 9-2 13-5
Trinity 9-2 24-12-2
Bowman County 8-3 15-3
Beulah 8-3 10-8
New England 6-5 9-8
Killdeer 4-7 7-11
Hazen 4-7 7-15-3
Beach 3-8 6-10-1
Glen Ullin/Hebron 2-9 4-16
Richardton-Taylor 2-9 4-15-1
Mott-Regent 0-11 0-18
Region 7 Tourney
First round results
Friday’s games (Nov. 8)
New England 3, Richardton-Taylor 0
Killdeer 3, Glen Ullin 0
Beach 3, Hazen 2
Monday’s Quarterfinal Games
2 p.m., Beach v Hettinger-Scranton
3:30 p.m., Beulah v Bowman County
5 p.m., Killdeer v Trinity
6:30 p.m., New England v Heart River