Cowgirls come up just short at divisional tournament, place 4th

29_vb-hayley_2788BIG ASSIST  — Cowgirl Hayley Orcutt put up an assist in action against Malta at the divisional tournament in Choteau on Friday morning.  Photo courtesy of Mike Bashor




Conrad needed one more game in the win column at the North-East  divisional tournament in Choteau over the weekend to go to the big dance in Bozeman this weekend.

While they had a good tournament and placed fourth, only the top three teams moved on.

Right out of the chute, Conrad drew the Plentywood Wildcats and while the match was close, the home girls fell in straight sets by scores of 25-23, 26-24, and 25-17.

The contest featured five ties and three lead changes and nice serving with Morgan VanDyke getting a pair of aces which at one point gave the Cowgirls an 11-7 lead.

Senior Taylor Judisch boomed over a number of kill shots to keep Conrad in the game and Emily Harwood had a kill shot which got the team a 23-22 lead, but they couldn’t put the contest away.

The Cats came back to tie the game and tack In the two points needed for the first win.

The second game saw the two teams come up with nine ties and four lead changes.

Senior Kristine Warlick dropped in an ace serve that gave the team 20-19 lead and a T. Judisch kill shot gave the squad a two-point lead 21-19. The Cowgirls went on top 23-22 but couldn’t get the two points needed for a win and a stubborn Plentywood team came on for the win.

In the third set Conrad fell behind 8-14 and could never get closer as the Wildcats closed out the match with a 25-17 win.

T. Judisch had 12 of 33 kills and 16 of 66 digs. Hayley Orcutt dished up 15-28 assists and Harwood 3-9 blocked shots.

Friday Conrad began a march that saw them stop Malta in a morning contest in four games by scores of 28-26, 25-20, 26-26, 25-18.

The Cowgirls were powered by 41 kill shots with K. Judisch T. Judisch pumping back 16 and T. Judisch 15. Justine Desjardin had 19 assists and Orcutt 18. T. Judisch had 20 digs and VanDyke 19 and Harwood had three aces and K. Judisch had three blocked shots.

Next up for the team was Glasgow and the home girls sent them packing back down the Hi-line, winning the match in five games by scores of 28-26, 25-22, 18-25 17-25, 15-9.

It was a big comeback win after falling behind in the first two sets.

T. Judisch helped lead the way with 21 kill shots. Harwood blocked five shots at the net. Orcutt had 23 assists and Desjardin and K. Judisch each had two aces.

The win put them back up against Plentywood with the winner moving on to Bozeman.

The match went to four games with the Cats winning 3-1 by scores of 21-25, 25-12, 25-22, and 25-18.

T. Judisch had 17 kills and 27 digs. Orcutt put up 17 assists, VanDyke dropped in four aces and Harwood blocked three shots.

Choteau came on to stop rival Fairfield and win the divisional title. Plentywood placed third and the Cowgirls fourth.