Battlers rout Stanley County

FORT PIERRE - Thanks to unforced errors, lack of communication and a tough Gettysburg team, the Stanley County Lady Buffs were unable to get a win on parent's night Thursday.

The Lady Buffs culminated a tough week when they lost in straight sets to the Battlers 25-14, 25-13 and 25-8 in Fort Pierre.

The Battlers set the tone early when three early aces led to an 8-4 advantage. Stanley County allowed a 6-0 run to dig itself in a 14-6 hole, a theme which continued throughout the night.

Gettysburg continued to impose its will with a dominating opening set, winning 25-14.

The second set was more of the same unfortunately for the Lady Buffs, as they allowed the Battlers to score seven of the set's first eight points.

Jenny Ganske's ace would eventually bring the Lady Buffs within six but that was the closest Stanley County would come as the errors began to pile up.

"It was a lack of communication, a lack of moving our feet and a lack of working together as a team," Stanley County coach Kylie Mundt said. "It feels like we are regressing right now and we need to find a way to move forward and win some games."

Gettysburg finished the set of with eight consecutive points to take the second set 25-13.

Gettysburg's domination continued immediately at the beginning of the final set when it scored the sets first seven points.

The trend of unforced errors and communication problems by the Lady Buffs continued though as the Battlers would feast on those mistakes to win the set 25-8.

"We just need to get over this hump and get regrouped and refocused," Mundt said.

Nicole Smith had four kills and six digs for the Lady Buffs and Shelby Gienger added two kills and eight digs. The Lady Buffs will get more than a week off before their next game, perfect for the struggling squad.

"A week of practice will be good for us as we can work on the little things which are killing us and get these girls to work together again," Mundt said.

After the week off, Stanley County will travel to Redfield to compete in the Redfield Tournament. The tournament takes place Oct. 1 beginning at 9 a.m.

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