Westminster comes to life to beat Montana Tech
LEWISTON, Idaho - After falling in the first set and
trailing 7-1 in the second set, things didn't look that
good for the Westminster volleyball team.
As the Griffins proved, however, looks can be deceiving.
With a 12-2 rally in the second set, Westminster took
the lead for good and rolled to a 18-25, 25-17, 25-18,
25-18 win over Montana Tech in the opening round of the
Frontier Conference Tournament at the Lewis-Clark State
College Activity Center on Friday afternoon.
Westminster, the No. 4 seed, improves to 12-12 with the
win and will now face top seed Lewis-Clark State in the
semifinals at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Montana Tech, the No.
5 seed, finishes its season at 14-14.
Westminster coach Kim Norman said she wasn't surprised
by the slow start because of her team's youth.
"This was the first time for them running and the
conference tournament and it just took us a while," she
The Griffins did a nice job of finding their two big
guns, Ericka Evans and Kenzie Mitchell to come to life.
Evans finished with 12 kills and a .278 hitting
percentage, while Mitchell added 11 kills and a .320
"We had a lot of errors early but we finally settled
down and played our game," Norman said.
Montana Tech broke open a close first set with a nice
run to open up a 20-13 lead. Shersteen Cline and Cassie
Hodges had four kills apiece to pace the Orediggers.
Montana Tech then raced out to a 7-1 lead, but
Westminster answered with its run for a 13-9 lead and
really never trailed again. The Griffins were able to
jump ahead early in the third and fourth sets, although
Tech was able to cut the margin to three points fairly
late in both sets.
For the match, Westminster hit .199 and had 46 kills.
Montana Tech had 40 kills and hit .102. Westminster also
had 10-6 advantage in blocks. Stephanie Jones led
Westminster with 2.5 blocks, while Katie Vance and Evans
had two apiece.
Cline and Hodges paced the Orediggers with 11 kills
apiece, while Katie Daly had two blocks to go along with
Mitchell finished with five services aces as Westminster
had 11 for the match. Kyndall Kordakis had 19 digs.
The two teams split during the regular season with each
team winning at home.
The eventual winner of the conference tournament will
earn an automatic berth to the NAIA national tournament.