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No. 20 Montana Tech sweeps Western, faces 6th-ranked Rocky Mountain College Saturday

Posted at 1:03 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 15:03:17-04

BUTTE — Masha Korol, Kacee James, Karina Mickelson and Heather Thompson combined for 37 kills as Montana Tech swept Montana Western 25-19, 25-17, 25-10 in a Frontier Conference volleyball match Thursday at the HPER Complex.

After a slow start in the first set, the Orediggers dominated the rest of the way. They trailed 13-9 in the first but scored six consecutive points and eight of the next nine to take control. They used a similar surge in the second set and left little doubt in the decisive third set, jumping out to an 8-0 lead on the visiting Bulldogs.

Korol and James each recorded 10 kills, while Koroal added 13 digs and James had eight block-assists. Mickelson finished with nine kills and eight digs, and Thompson had eight kills and 10 block-assists. Tech out-killed Western 40-25 and out-blocked the Bulldogs 26-8.

Western was led by Kylie McCree’s 12 kills and Dylan Fowler’s 23 digs.

Sabrina Hopcroft, the Frontier Conference’s reigning defender of the week, had 20 digs for Tech.

The No. 20 Orediggers improved to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play and will next host sixth-ranked Rocky Mountain College on Saturday. The match is set to start at 7 p.m.