(Editor’s note: Carroll College athletics release)
HELENA — What goes with Senior Day?
Emotions, of course.
And the Carroll College Saints volleyball team added plenty of extra emotion to an already emotional setting, taking the No. 20-ranked University of Providence Argonauts to five sets before claiming a 3-2 victory.
“Seniors all played awesome,” Saints coach Moe Boyle said. “They were all huge.”
The Saints (19-12, 5-4) won 26-28, 26-22, 26-21, 19-25 and 17-15.
Carroll’s seniors made the most of their night, as Brielle Bumgarner led the Saints’ attack with 18 kills and fellow senior Morgan Christy added 13.
Christy dominated at the net, recording three blocks and seven block assists.
“I was excited about the way the team came together to play. It was an all team effort from every person on the bench to those six on the floor every time.”
Senior setter Rayna Pilgeram had a game-high 47 assists.
“She put us in position to have the success we had,” Boyle said. “Besides the serving and the defense she had.”
Carroll battled to a close set in the first, but Providence took the last few points to break through. The Saints would take the next two sets and appear to be on the verge of a 3-1 match, but the Argonauts took full control in the fourth.
Emotional wherewithal helped the Saints push through in the final set.
Ayla Carpenter had 32 digs, none bigger than the four in the final set.
“The four in the last rally in the match that helped us get over the top,” Boyle said.
The Saints finish out the season next weekend on the road at Montana Tech and Lewis-Clark State College.