FORT PIERRE - The Stanley County Buffaloes were unable to successfully play the role of spoiler against the No. 1 seeded Mobridge-Pollock Tigers Thursday in Fort Pierre.
Mobridge ended Stanley County's 2011 season in the opening round of the District 11A tournament in straight sets 25-10, 25-5 and 25-9.
The Lady Tigers didn't waste much time setting the tone as Kady Pinney's ace sparked a 9-0 run, giving them a 9-1 advantage in the opening set. Despite the deficit, the Lady Buffs played hard throughout the set, a Hailey Norman attack followed by a Shelby Gienger ace cut the lead to eight.
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Stanley County's Kelly S. tips the ball past Mobridge-Pollock's Callie Slater in the first game of the Lady Buffaloes three-game loss to the Tigers on Thursday at Parkview Gymnasium.
Unfortunately for Stanley County, eight was as close as it would get, Mobridge simply out powered the Lady Buffs, winning the opening set 25-10.
The second set had the same theme, despite good execution by the Lady Buffs; the powerful attack of Mobridge was too much.
Mobridge began the set with an 11-1 lead, thanks to a 7-0 run. Hailey Norman attempted to give the Lady Buffs some momentum with an ace, but Mobridge answered with six consecutive points. Mobridge took the set in dominant fashion, 25-5.
Mobridge continued its trend of starting fast in the third set by scoring the first seven points of the set. Mobridge's dominance continued until two consecutive aces by Gienger cut the lead to eight.
Despite Gienger's aces, the Lady Buffs could not keep up with the Tigers, losing the set 25-9 for the conclusion of their season.
"Mobridge's front line is very dominant and they know how to place the ball. They just executed very well and we couldn't answer," Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said.
Gienger ended her career at Stanley County with three aces; Hailey Norman had three kills and three blocks.
The Lady Buffs finish the season with a record of 2-23 in what is considered a rebuilding year for the program with a new coach and many young players.
"This was a rebuilding year as far as experience and doing different things offensively and defensively," Mundt said. "Hopefully this season is just a stepping stone for us and we can move forward and have a successful season next year."
Despite the new direction of the program the Lady Buffs will miss its four seniors: Gienger, Kelly Sweetman, Robin Davis and Shantel Norman.