The 17th-ranked Carroll College volleyball team got off to a slow start and couldn’t complete the comeback Saturday, falling 25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 18-22, 15-13 to the University of Great Falls.
Carroll struggled in the first set, notching eight hitting errors with just nine kills for a .034 hitting percentage. The Argos rolled out to a 20-10 lead before finishing off the Saints. The second set was a much closer affair but, tied at 16, the Argos went on a 4-1 run to take control of the set and earn the win there, too.
Carroll righted the ship in the third set, notching five straight points to start the set en route to the 25-21 win.
UGF started the fourth set in control with a 7-3 run, but the Saints went on a 7-1 streak later to take control and closed with a 4-0 run to tie the match up with a 25-18 decision.
The Argos went on a 6-1 run early in the fifth set to take an 11-5 lead, but the Saints rallied to tie it at 13. The Argos would close the match out with two straight points, however, to earn the win.
UGF’s Madison Wilhelm notched 29 kills on 76 attempts with a .237 hitting percentage to lead the Argos.
Holly Morehouse led the Saints with 18 kills and just two errors for a .500 hitting percentage. Paige Montgomery also notched 14 kills. Jonni Dorr tallied 41 assists and 15 digs and Natalie Kassa had 35 digs.
The Saints fall to 7-3 in Frontier Conference play and 19-6 overall. Carroll still controls its own destiny for a conference title with a one-match lead in the standings. Carroll closes the season with matches against Montana Western and second-place Rocky Mountain College.