Chamberlain finishes off Lady Buffs in three

FORT PIERRE - Stanley County played well for much of its match up against the Chamberlain Cubs, but a few big scoring runs by the Cubs ultimately did the Lady Buffs in Tuesday.

The Lady Buffs were handed a disappointing result in their home opener as the Cubs defeated them in straight sets. The Cubs won 25-15, 25-23 and 25-15.

Stanley County’s Kelly S. digs out a serve in the third game of the Lady Buffaloes loss to Chamberlain on Tuesday at Parkview Gymnasium. The Cubs downed Stanley County 25-15, 25-23 and 25-17.
The second set was the backbreaker for Stanley County as it recovered from a disappointing first set by scoring the first five points of the second. Stanley County continued to play well as Shelby Geinger's ace was part of a 6-0 run, giving the Lady Buffs a 16-7 advantage.

"We did a good job regrouping and refocusing early in the second set. The communication was better and we worked together," Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said.

Despite the strong play from the Lady Buffs, Chamberlain went on to battle back and tie the set at 19. Stanley County answered by taking a 23-20 lead but let the lead and the set slip away by allowing a five-point run to lose the set 25-23.

"The second set should have been ours, no question about it," Mundt said. "I think the girls learned from it tonight and now know that they have the ability to play with the good teams. They just need to keep that intensity and enthusiasm."

While Chamberlain was able to shift the momentum in the second set, Stanley County was unable to do the same in the first and third sets.

Stanley County hung around with the Cubs in the first set until Chamberlain scored seven consecutive points to break a 7-7 tie.

"We have to work on changing the momentum and learn that one or two points won't hurt us but once we let them get on those runs we dig ourselves in holes," Mundt said.

Chamberlain's run was ultimately a game changer as Stanley County was unable to pull within five for the rest of the set on the way to a 25-15 tally.

Chamberlain was able to produce similar results in the third set as it carried its momentum from the second set to take an early 8-2 lead. Perhaps demoralized from the result of the second set, the Lady Buffs were unable to recover.

The Lady Buffs continued to work hard in the set but could not close the gap, losing the set 25-17.

"Tonight showed that these girls are fighters and will work hard to get a win but tonight also showed that we have to play well from point one to point 25," Mundt said.

Geinger led the way for the Lady Buffs with four kills and three aces. Kelly Sweetman also had nine digs and three aces in a losing effort.

The 0-2 Lady Buffs will try to get their first win of the season Thursday when they take on Gregory. The match up with Gregory will take place in Fort Pierre with a 6:30 p.m. start time.

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