Region VB action
By Jarann Johnson
The Beulah Miners knew they were in for a tough game in their first Region 7 tournament game. They were facing Richardton-Taylor – last year’s fourth place Region 7 finishers and this year’s No. 5 seed. The difference between the teams was small, but Beulah – the No. 4 seed – had a small advantage heading into the game – they swept Richardton-Taylor 3-0 in region play earlier in the year.
That advantage was quickly deleted by the Beach-Heart River game that was before Beulah’s game with R-T. Heart River – seeded No. 8 – hadn’t beat Beach – seeded No. 1 – in region play all year. In fact no one beat Beach in Region play all year. But at tournament time the past doesn’t matter, Heart River pulled a 3-0 upset, advancing to the semifinals.
The upset left R-T feeling like they had a chance at keeping the upsets coming. But Beulah didn’t let it happen, winning the game in three sets. Even though the Miners won in three sets, none of the sets were easy wins.
The Miners were down 13-7 in the first set before battling back to 13-14 deficit. Lakin Kessler, senior setter, had two blocks and Nicole Schramm, junior hitter, added an ace during the awakening. R-T won a side out making their lead 14-12 before the next big Miner streak. Jaime Murschel, junior hitter, had three kills during a 5-point Miner run, giving her team a 17-14 lead.
The Miners continued to play well enough to maintain their lead to a 22-20 mark. Then Schramm and Kessler added consecutive scores making it 24-20. But R-T wouldn’t give up the set-winner easily. R-T scored three straight making it 24-23.