PARK HILLS – The North County volleyball team played efficiently during its third set after a sluggish start against Bismarck to secure a 9th-place finish in the MAAA volleyball tournament on Tuesday.
The Lady Raiders attacked well down the stretch in a 25-23, 20-25, 25-13 victory, while the Lady Indians had issues returning the ball in bounds.
Kayleigh Winch provided a spark in the third set for North County (5-21-4) with two kills during a 4-0 run to take a 12-7 advantage. She added a stuff block later on after Miranda Black had two aces out of a Bismarck timeout for a 19-11 lead.
Winch paced all players with seven kills while Black posted nine digs and three aces.
Emily Veach tallied eight assists and 12 digs for the Lady Raiders while Maddi Luck recorded three of her five kills off Veach’s sets during the third.
Bismarck (6-20-2) began the contest with a disciplined offense by winning long rallies and getting points on accurately placed tips. Madison Dugal put the Lady Indians ahead 2-0 with two aces.
The first set remained close until Bismarck generated a 7-0 run. However, the Lady Raiders responded with seven unanswered points to bring the score within 17-16.
Winch delivered several hard hits to help North County gain its first lead at 22-21 and carry out a first-set victory.
Ashley Turner made the difference in the second set for Bismarck as she finished with seven kills. Brooklynn Fitzwater contributed four kills while adding points with several tips.
Fitzwater held off a North County push late in the second set with a ball that fell just inside the line and beyond the reach of Kylie Morris to stop a 3-0 North County run and maintain a 24-20 edge.
Morris finished with 11 digs for the Lady Raiders and Dugal had four kills for Bismarck.
North County 2, Valley 0
PARK HILLS –Kayleigh Winch provided a powerful force at the net with 10 kills and two blocks to help pace North County in a 25-9, 25-21 Bronze Bracket semifinal win over Valley.
Winch consistently received precise sets from Emily Veach in the first set, and the Lady Vikings had trouble getting under the strong hits. Veach led with 25 assists plus 10 digs.
Kylie Morris posted 12 digs for North County, while Miranda Black contributed eight and Tylor Harris had six. Lauren Forrester and Maddi Luck each finished with five kills.
Valley reduced its errors in the second set, but could not force a third. Liz Morris led with two kills and a block. Emma Beers added five digs for the Lady Vikings.
Bismarck 2, Kingston 0
PARK HILLS – Madison Dugal notched six kills and five assists as Bismarck secured its 25-17, 25-11 Bronze Bracket triumph over Kingston.
Josie Campbell provided five kills on a proficient offense for the Lady Indians. Meranda Cureton led Bismarck defensively with eight digs.
Jessica Yates and Gracie Boyer each finished with three kills for Kingston. Alyssa Downey led with six digs and five assists while Boyer added four digs.
Bismarck based its offense around tips that fell just out of reach, and also benefited from opposing errors.