Warriors down Carroll to kick off FC play
HELENA, Mont. - The Lewis-Clark State College women's volleyball team kicked off the Frontier Conference season in a big way by defeating Carroll College 25-21, 24-26, 25-20, 25-14 on Thursday night.
The Warriors, ranked No. 11 in the NAIA, improve to 9-1 on the season, while Carroll, which is at No. 26, falls to 9-4.
Last season, the two teams tied Great Falls for the conference's regular season title and then ranked 1-2 in this year's preseason conference coaches' poll with LCSC holding a 47-44 point edge.
"It's a huge win," LCSC coach Jen Greeny said. "Anytime you come out of Carroll with a win, it's huge. They had a great crowd on hand and we're really happy to come out with the win."
The Warriors had another strong match at the net as they hit .234 and recorded eight blocks. LCSC hit .364 in the opening game and .333 in the fourth game.
"We hit well from the start," Greeny said. "But in the second game we were down 8-0 and 10-1 before we fought back. We played well in third and fourth games so I'm happy with this win.
Junior Kelli Tikker had 13 kills, four service aces, and 14 digs to pace the Warriors, while Deddiy Alaimaleata also had 13 kills and hit .444 for the match. Lauryn Herrick added seven kills and three service aces, while Jenika Bird-Jeppson had seven kills, five blocks and hit .467 for the match.
Kim Fong had 39 assists and 10 digs for LCSC, while fellow senior Katie Hinrichs had a match-high 20 digs.
Despite the win, Greeny said the Warriors still were inconsistent in their play and had "way too many errors." But, she added, the team didn't get back from its tournament last weekend in Florida until late Monday and then had to turn around and hit the road Wednesday, which didn't give the team much time to prepare.
The Warriors face another road test on Saturday at 6 when they travel to Billings to face Rocky Mountain, which swept No. 20 Westminster on Thursday night.