Cowgirls gain a split in weekend court action

Cowgirls gain a split in weekend court action
SUPER SERVE — Cowgirl junior, Kara Bandow, an outside and middle hitter bangs over the game winning serve for the final point in the 25-19 victory over the Fairfield Eagles on Saturday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   The ladies of the court pulled off a split in volleyball action against Choteau and Fairfield over the weekend.
   Facing Choteau on the road Friday, the Cowgirls fell to the undefeated Bulldogs in straight games by scores of 16-25, 21-25, and 17-25.
   Coach Dale Janzen commented, “They are well coached, have a lot of experience and are picked by many to be a top contender at state this year.”
   In the match, from the service line, Conrad put down four aces, with Samantha Fagan getting two, but Choteau players dropped in nine.    At the net, Jenny Silvernale slapped back 9-16 kill shots, but Choteau more than doubled that with 36 kill shots.
   Conrad had 16 assists with Taylor Johnson putting up 10 and Alyssa Keil six. She also had 13 digs to lead the team.
   Fagan blocked five shots and Silvernale four.
   Playing Fairfield at home on Saturday, the Cowgirls ruffled the feathers of a good Eagle team, winning in straight games by scores of 26-24, 25-19, 25-19.
   Conrad moved their record to 3-2 in conference play (4th place) and 3-2 overall. The Eagles are 2-2 – 3-2 and nest in fifth place.
   In the first game, there were five ties and two lead changes. Junior Olivia Campbell dropped in an ace on the opening serve helping the team an early 4-1 advantage.
   Silvernale and Campbell ripped back big kill shots for points in the game, Taylor added another ace from the line, Silvernale also had two huge blocked shots for points and Taylor served up the game point winner.
   The Cowgirls were down 22-24 but would not let the Eagles get the game point winner.
   Early on in the second game, Beth Grubb put over a key ace that started a four point run for Conrad. Later on she would add another ace that started a five point rally and got the team to game point. Silvernale ended the game at the line with a service point.
   In the rubber game, the Eagles came on to tie the contest at 2-2, but the Cowgirls got another fine job from Grubb at the service line, building a 9-3 lead they would not give up in taking the game, 25-19.
   Fagan would add an ace from the line and a big kill shot as well. Campbell slapped back a kill shot and she and Silvernale combined for a monster block that put up the team at game point. Bandow then served up the game winning point.
   Of the 10 aces, Keil, Grubb, and Johnson all had two each. Silvernale put back nine kill shots and Campbell five.
   Keil and Johnson each dished up seven assists, Silvernale blocked 10 shots, Fagan five, and Grubb had 15-53 digs. Johnson went down and put up 11.
   Thursday the Cowgirls play Shelby at home. The Coyotes sit in third place in the conference at 2-1- 2-2. Saturday the Blue Ponies of Havre come to Conrad.
   Early action starts about 4:15 p.m. for both contests.