Digger VB team falls to STM, 3-2

October 7, 2018

LEAD — Lead-Deadwood’s varsity volleyball team dropped a three-games-to-two decision to St. Thomas More, Thursday night, at the Lead-Deadwood High School gym in Lead.

St. Thomas More won the first two games 25-16 and 25-20. The homestanding Golddiggers won the next two games 25-15 and 25-23. That forced a fifth and decisive game, which St. Thomas More won 15-6.

“We did not, overall, hit very well tonight,” Lead-Deadwood head coach Kim Hansen said. “Somehow we were able to stay with them even though we didn’t hit very well.”

Anna Campbell served consecutive aces as Lead-Deadwood went ahead 9-7 in the first game. St. Thomas More used a 4-1 run to edge ahead 11-10.

The visiting Cavaliers extended their lead to 17-11. Raygan Mattson recorded an attacking kill to give the Golddiggers side out and cut the margin to 17-12.

Lead-Deadwood gained side out and stayed within three points, at 18-15. St. Thomas More scored seven of the next eight points to win the first game 25-16.

Anna Campbell’s serving ace in the second game pulled the Golddiggers into a 4-4 tie. St. Thomas More scored the next eight points for a 12-4 advantage.

Lead-Deadwood reduced the margin to 19-13, but St. Thomas More held the upper hand the rest of the game for the 25-20 win.

Olivia Rogers served an ace as the Golddiggers claimed a 3-0 lead in the third game. Two serving aces by Blake Mehlberg extendedLead-Deadwood’s edge to 8-2.

St. Thomas More stayed within 15-8 before Lead-Deadwood gained side out. Blake Mehlberg’s serving ace and Anna Campbell’s block kept the Golddiggers ahead 19-8 en route to the 25-15 win.

“It’s so hard to win that third set when you’re down two,” Hansen said. “Mentally, it’s probably the toughest thing to do in volleyball.”

The Cavaliers built a 13-9 advantage in the fourth game. Rogers served an ace to bring Lead-Deadwood within 13-11, and Anna Campbell added a block as the Golddiggers went ahead 14-13.

Madison Rystrom’s attacking kill extended Lead-Deadwood’s edge to 20-16.

St. Thomas More sliced the margin to 24-23, but an errant serve gave Lead-Deadwood the 25-23 win.

The Cavaliers led 4-2 in the fifth game before Lead-Deadwood forged a 4-4 tie. St. Thomas More gained side out and increased its advantage to 9-4.

Hannah Campbell recorded an attacking kill to give the Golddiggers side out and cut the margin 9-5. St. Thomas More scored six of the next seven points to secure the 15-6 win.

“We had too many errors on our side of the net, especially in set five,” Hansen said. “I think our talking started to break down a little bit.”

Anna Campbell paced Lead-Deadwood in digs (15), attacking kills (10), and blocks (seven). Rebecca Groeger chipped in with 21 set assists, and Blake Mehlberg added 16 digs.

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