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Volleyball: Argonauts sweep Bulldogs

UMW News Bureau

The University of Great Falls (UGF) came out strong and never let up, defeating the University of Montana Western (UMW) Bulldogs 25-9, 25-22, and 25-15 on the second day of the University of Great Falls/Carroll College Holiday Inn Tournament on the Argos' home court. By Lowell Peterson The University of Great Falls (UGF) came out strong and never let up, defeating the University of Montana Western (UMW) Bulldogs 25-9, 25-22, and 25-15 on the second day of the University of Great Falls/Carroll College Holiday Inn Tournament on the Argos' home court. The victory was the second sweep of the day for UGF. The Argos defeated Dickinson State University 3-0 in the opening match played at 10 a.m. In the opening game UGF used an early 7-1 run to push the score to 10-3. The closest the Bulldogs would get in the game was five points on two occasions. The Argos dominated play and outscored the Bulldogs 11-2 to end the game 25-9. The final two points for UMW came on service errors by UGF. The second game was close until the Argos went on a 5-1 run to push the score to 17-12. Montana Western could have folded at that point, but the young team went on a 6-1 run of their own to tie the score 18-18. The Bulldogs got the score to within one point three different times but could never get a lead and ended up losing 25-22. The Argos came out strong in game three and jumped out to an early 8-1 lead. The Argos dominated play at the net and the Bulldogs couldn’t get untracked. In fact, UMW seemed unable to get a break even when they had the upper hand. Bailey Branson slammed a hard kill attempt off an Argo back row player that was deflected high in the air and seemed headed for the back wall and a point for Montana Western; instead the ball hit in the rafters, which kept it in play, and bounced around long enough to come down softly so the Argos could control it and eventually win the point. The Argos finished strong, winning 25-15. Susanne Rehse led Montana Western in kills with four and in blocks with three. Shelby Mack had 11 digs and Paige Latimer had nine assists and two service aces. Taylor Lucero topped the Argos with 12 blocks and Kelsey VanUden and Tosha Nunes each had eight. Lucero also led the team with three blocks. Kyah Piva had 12 digs. UGF had three service aces as a team but also had 13 service errors. Montana Western’s Charelle Minor didn’t play against UGF. She suffered a minor concussion after being hit in the head on a block attempt in Thursday’s second game against Viterbo. Losing the 6’2" middle blocker further weakened the Bulldogs' front line and the Argos made the most of it.