Miners VB settles Region 7 business with two wins
Last week was all about Thursday and Friday for the Beulah Miners. They were the two most important days of the Miners season and the Miners won. Home wins over Glen Ullin and Bowman gave the Miners an 8-3 mark in region play and an opening round Region 7 tournament bye.
On Thursday night the Miners played host to Glen Ullin. The early goings of this match were a little bit of a shocker. Glen Ullin – a team with one region win – was playing Beulah tough. Neither team could gain separation until late in the match. Jamie Murschel, a junior hitter, tied the game at 14-14 with a kill. The Miners added three points to the lead making the score 17-14.
But Glen Ullin ended the run with consecutive points from Michaela Gerving, a sophomore middle hitter. After Gerving’s streak ended with a serve out of bounds, the Miners built another three point lead – 20-17 – only to see Glen Ullin shrink it back down to one point, 20-19.
After Glen Ullin got within one the Miners called timeout. But the timeout did little to prevent another tie. Glen Ullin tied the game on a Kendra Gerving outside hitter, ace. Both teams failed to take advantage and the game was tied three more times. After the last tie, 24-24, the Miners finally ended the game with two Murschel kills, 26-24.
The second set started out kind of slow as well for the Miners. The set was tied 3-3 before Lakin Kessler, senior setter, scored consecutive aces and Courtney Mitchell made a block. After that the set was never tied again and the Miners won 25-13.
The Miners had another slow start in the final set. This time they trailed 1-3 to start the set. A Murschel kill only put them down a point, and then the Miners turned to Kessler again. The senior setter recorded an ace and tied the game. Then Courtney Mitchell added a kill making the score 5-3. Kessler committed a serving error ending the streak but her team wasn’t fazed and never lost control of the set winning 25-13.
The last two sets of the match were won by players not normally in the game at the late points in the set. The second game was won by Jenny Zastawniak – a defensive specialist. The potent server ended up close to the net and earned her only kill of the season for a Miner win.