UMW News BureauThe Westminster College Griffins defeated the Montana Western Bulldogs 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 Saturday for a three game sweep. By Lowell Peterson The Westminster College Griffins defeated the Montana Western Bulldogs 25-19, 25-16, 25-18 on Saturday, Oct. 22 for a three-game sweep. In set one, Montana Western's Bailey Branson blocked a kill attempt to pull the Bulldogs to within one at 10-9. Westminster went on a 7-2 run and held on to win the set by six points. In the second set the Griffins never trailed and pulled ahead 18-9 to take control for an easy win. In the third set the score was 12-10 in favor of the Griffins when another run put them up 22-12. Five straight points by Montana Western made the score more respectable, but Westminster completed the sweep. Susanne Rehse led Montana Western with nine kills and four blocks. Charelle Minor added eight kills and Shelby Mack had 13 digs. Paige Latimer had a team-high 26 assists. Alexis Aalona led the Westminster attack with a career high 11 kills and Stephanie Jones and Kenzie Mitchell each had nine. Emily Atkinson had 34 assists and three service aces and Aalona topped the team in digs with 11. “It was great to see both of our middle blockers have strong performances both offensively and defensively,” head coach Lisa Griffiths said . “They are consistent forces for us night in and night out.” The weekend again showed the young Bulldog team has some work left to turn things around for the regular season’s final three games. “We are obviously disappointed not coming away with the win but we didn't play consistently enough to beat a tough Westminster team,” Griffiths added. “We made a lot of great plays but the lapses in intensity and attention to detail cost us valuable points.” Montana Western’s record dropped to 1-10 in the conference and 6-16 on the season. Westminster improved to 6-5 in conference play and 9-13 overall. In spite of being swept by both Lewis-Clark State and Westminster on the year’s toughest road trip, Griffiths is optimistic the Bulldogs are moving in the right direction and sees improvement in the program. “Although wins would obviously be more rewarding, I am again encouraged with the growth of our team,” Griffiths stated. “We know there’s a lot of work to be done and the girls rise to the challenge each week.” The Bulldogs will close out the regular season with three home contests. Carroll College comes to town on Friday, Oct. 28 for a 3 p.m. match. Rocky Mountain plays at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29 and Montana Tech comes in on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
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