Carroll College Athletic Department Press Release
HELENA – The fire detection system at the Carroll College PE Center went off during the opening lineups. Fortunately, it was only some burnt popcorn that caused the delay, but a proverbial fire was lit under the Carroll attack. The Saints notched 45 kills and tallied a .306 attack percentage as they rolled to a 25-20, 25-16, 25-13 win over MSU-Northern Friday evening.
“I liked the intensity and the sense of urgency that they played with throughout the match,” head coach Moe Boyle said. “We made the adjustments we needed to make and them quickly. We never let their hitter settle into a rhythm.”
The first set began with both teams trading points but Carroll to a 6-5 lead and didn’t trail the rest of the set. Carroll went up 21-10 before Northern went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 23-20, but the Saints closed the set with a pair of kills to earn the 25-20 win.
In the second set, the Lights led 10-7 early, but the Saints caught fire and rattled off an 18-6 run to close out a 25-16 win.
MSU-Northern led the third set 4-3 before five-straight points gave the Saints a lead that wouldn’t be contested the remainder of the match.
Carroll hit .306, including a second set where the Saints notched 13 kills to just two errors for a .407 attack percentage. Taelyr Krantz led the way with 11 kills and just two errors for a .375 percentage. Rayna Pilgeram’s streak of triple-doubles was barely cut short. She had nine kills and nine digs to go along with 32 assists. Ayla Carpenter notched 13 digs to lead the Saints to 49 in the match.
“I thought our defense stepped up as the match went on,” Boyle said. “We didn’t start well, but it got going in a great way late. Their hitters can get on a roll, and we limited them to a few points here or there. They weren’t able to string together the rallies that make them so effective.”
Timi Severson and Cassie Krueger had nine kills each to lead MSUN Chania Neubauer had 19 assists, and Ashley Ponce led the defensive effort with 10 digs.
Carroll plays Providence Saturday at 2 p.m. to close out the weekend. The match will be live-streamed on the Carroll Youtube Channel and live stats will be available via Dakstats.