Stillwater never relinquishes lead, romps past Tartan

In the first game of the year Thursday, Aug. 27, Stillwater visited Tartan for a non-conference volleyball match.

The Ponies pranced past the inexperienced Titans, never allowing the home team to gain a lead during the three games.

"We are very young this season," explained Tartan head coach Josh Mattison. "We have only one returning starter (Hailey Kissner) from last season, so right now we are in a learning process.

"Stillwater gave us a good lesson with their tough defense. We have some pretty large curves to climb.

"But tonight we had some glimmers and some moments when I thought we played well, but we still have a ways to go to get where we expect and want to be," Mattison said.

From the Stillwater perspective, head coach Bob Fisher said, "Our kids made it a good start for us. Our defense works well together. There are some things we yet need to work on, but these kids are working really hard this season.

Agreeing with Mattison's assessment, Fisher said, "I, too, thought our defense showed some strengths. They played well but then we had to. Tartan is a good team. They are really scrappy.

"We knew we couldn't let up or they would have come back on us."

Game one was claimed by the Ponies 25-16, and game two followed suit with a 25-14 win. That set the stage for the Ponies to gain a 25-12 third and deciding win to claim the match 3-0.

For the visitors the game statistics showed: Mikayla Gjerde with six kills. Mariah Leroux had 12 kills and Olivia Welsch had 21 digs. In the blocks department, Rachel Houle had 23 and in set assists Klein Johnson led with 23.

For the Titans Alana St. Cyr had 11 assists and eight digs; Kissner had three kills and two blocks; Karly Bihner had three kills; Alexandra Lyle had six kills, four blocks and seven digs; and Megan LeMay was credited with seven digs.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at or at 651-748-7826.



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