Lady Buffs lose triangular, but make community proud

By Wade LaRoche

FORT PIERRE —Although the Stanley County Lady Buffs didn’t win a game in the Stanley County triangular Saturday, they made the community proud as they painted Parkview pink.

The Lady Buffs opened the triangular by losing to Todd County in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22 and 29-27. Stanley County then lost a heart breaker to Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 23-25, 24-26, 25-13, 25-11 and 15-10.

The Lady Buffs did leave the triangular without a victory, but the team recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by selling shirts and other items, with all of the profits going to Stanley County teacher Cheryl Sorenson. Sorenson is currently battling breast cancer.

“We painted Parkview pink for a good cause and it was all for Mrs. Sorenson tonight. It was a fun night of volleyball,” Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said.

The Lady Buffs had a golden opportunity to make the pink out even more special in its nightcap against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte. The Lady Buffs appeared destined to earn their third win of the season until momentum shifted in the third set.

Before the third set, the Lady Buffs came out determined to get a win. The Lady Braves jumped out to a 7-4 lead early until Hailey Norman’s attack brought Stanley County within one. Stanley County finally took a 14-13 lead when the Lady Braves committed a service error.

A Kelly Sweetman ace would push the Stanley County lead to three, but the Lady Braves would battle back to take a 19-18 lead. The teams would fight to a tie at 22 before Shelby Gienger’s ace shifted the momentum and led to Stanley County taking the opening set 25-23.

Stanley County continued its strong play in the second set in another tight contest. With the score tied at 13, Madison Hand’s block gave Stanley County the lead.

The Lady Buffs appeared to have the set in control after Hailey Norman’s ace gave them a 23-18 advantage. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte answered with a 5-1 run to take the lead. The Lady Buffs wouldn’t be down for long though as a service error and an ace by Hand gave it a 26-24 set victory.

“Being up two, our girls were extremely happy and they had it in their eyes that they were going to get a victory, but we just couldn’t answer back to what they brought in the remaining sets,” Mundt said.

The wheels would fall off after Stanley County took a 2-0 lead as a nightmare of a third set resulted in a 25-13 victory for the Lady Braves. The set was highlighted by an Eagle Butte rally which gave it an 18-10 lead and the Lady Buffs couldn’t recover.

The fourth set was more of the same for the Lady Buffs unfortunately as Eagle Butte jumped out to a 14-4 advantage before the Lady Buffs knew what hit them. The Braves continued to dominate, taking the game tying set 25-11.

In the deciding set, the Buffaloes jumped out to an early 6-2 lead thanks to an ace by Gienger. Stanley County led 9-6 but the Lady Braves went on a 5-0 run to take the lead. Stanley County couldn’t recover, losing 15-10 to drop the game.

The Lady Buffs struggled in the opening game of the triangular as Todd County was able to get all of the big points for a straight set victory.

Stanley County played right with the Lady Falcons in the opening set, trailing 15-14 at one point. Todd County would take control by scoring eight consecutive points on their way to a 25-16 opening set victory.

Stanley County couldn’t get the key points in the second set either as the Lady Buffs once again stayed right with Todd County. The Lady Falcons took advantage of some errors by the Lady Buffs to take an 18-14 lead until Hailey Norman’s ace kept the Lady Buffs in the game.

Despite the comeback effort, the Lady Buffs were unable to take the set and lost 25-22.

The third set was more of the same for the Lady Buffs, who jumped out to a 4-2 lead after Jenny Ganske’s ace. The Buffs would continue to lead until the Lady Falcons took a 10-9 advantage.

The two teams battled back and forth until Ganske broke a 16-16 tie with an ace The Lady Buffs led 24-22 at one point but they were unable to close out the set, losing 29-27.

“We just need to play our game, we need to take it to them and be aggressive,” Mundt said.

Shantel Norman led the way for Stanley County with 21 digs, Hand added 15 assists. The Lady Buffs will to get a win Tuesday when they take on Sully Buttes. The matchup with the Lady Chargers begins at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Pierre

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