(Editor’s note: Carroll College athletics release)
HELENA — Thirty-seven hitting errors doomed the Carroll College Saints on Wednesday night as they fell 3-1 to No. 22 Montana Tech, 25-20, 25-15, 19-25 and 25-16.
“I think when you have 37 hitting errors, I don’t think you give yourself any chance to win,” Saints head coach Moe Boyle said.
The Saints (14-9, 2-3) started out the first two sets slow, finding themselves down in deficits they couldn’t overcome. The Saints would battle back to tie the first set, but Tech quickly responded and distanced themselves from the Saints.
Set two proved to be another lethargic start.
“As a team, they understand they can’t come out flat,” Boyle said. “There’s really not anything I can do to change that. It’s something they have to do. We can work on all the skills we want, but if they can’t keep the ball on the court it isn’t going to matter.”
The Saints surged to a strong start in the third set, building a lead and never letting Tech (12-7, 4-1) get back into it. That third-set energy didn’t translate any further, though.
Tech got on top in the fourth set and never let up.
Carroll plays another home game this week, as the Saints host Lewis-Clark State on Friday at 7 p.m.