October 8, 2014

Region standings tighten up

By Jarann Johnson

One thing became clear last week, this season is not going to be easy for Region 7 volleyball fans to predict. The Bison only played one Region 7 game last week and did their job, beating Hettinger-Scranton 3-0, but everything else is still closer than many would like.
After beating reigning Region 7 champs Beulah early during the season, the Bison looked like they were in control of the standings. Then the Bison fell to Dickinson Trinity at home and Beulah topped Dickinson Trinity in Dickinson.
Those results caused the first cluster blob atop the standings, then Heart River and New England both lost games. New England and Heart River met in an important game that ended in a dominant Heart River sweep. New England lost the first set 25-6 and the second set 25-8 before putting up a fight in the third set, 25-18.
Just when things looked to have a bit of normalcy, Mott-Regent gained a forfeit win over Heart River, and that’s how the region standings ended up with five teams that each only have one loss. Only four teams are guaranteed a bye during the play-in round of the Region 7 tournament, so somebody will be left out.
The Bison did get a chance to get away from their tough Wild, Wild West crazy region on Friday and Saturday at the Des Lacs-Burlington Invite. The Bison went 2-0-2 in the pool play round and advanced to the championship bracket tournament.


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