The No. 19 Carroll College Saints won their second consecutive home match on Saturday, dropping the University of Great Falls in three straight sets, 25-14, 25-22, 25-13.
“I just think that we carried our game over from last night to tonight,” Carroll coach Moe Boyle said. “I think that our defense really came alive. We’re in the middle of set 3, and we see the scrappy defense we played in the preseason tournaments, which is really exciting because we’re been playing really well, so then to have our scrappiness and defense come alive, we can still get better. It’s really exciting that we can still put together yet.”
Jonni Dorr acted as a catalyst for the Saints, assisting 29 shots. However, it was Dorr’s ace that sealed the Saints' first set over UGF (7-10).
“The way that Joni Dorr has run our offense day in and day out, she’s setting the right people at the right time; and, you know, we’re almost hitting .300,” Boyle said. “The hitters are putting the ball away, but she’s got to put it in their hands.”
The Saints (14-4) claimed Set 2 after senor Paige Montgomery delivered a powerful kill. Montgomery finished with 15 kills on the night.
“It started with our servers,” Montgomery said. “They were really working the opponents on the other side. It really took them out of their system and that allowed us to run our offense the way we wanted to.”
It led to a third set, which just like a night prior meant Carroll once again could sense blood in the water. The Saints crushed UGF 25-13 in the third, making a series of diving digs and exciting volleys to completely pull away.
“I don’t think our middles had too many kills tonight, but they had the block for basically for our pin hitters, (Holly) Morehouse and Montgomery,” Boyle said. “When our middles are doing their job those two end up with one on one blocking and they can put the ball away. And they did.”
Added Montgomery: “When our teammates are busting for balls all other the court and getting those ups we just can’t help but get excited for that.
“I think we’ve really come together in that we’ve cut down our errors.”
Up next, Carroll travels to face Rocky Mountain College on Oct. 1.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Boyle said.