In front of a packed, energized homecoming crowd, the No. 19 Carroll College volleyball team delivered an inspired win, taking down MSU-Northern in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-11, 25-13.
“It was fun to finally start and end going pretty consistently all the way through,” coach Moe Boyle said. “First time this season, no question.“
Holly Morehouse and Paige Montgomery led the Saints in kills with 11 and 10, respectively. The Saints had a .345 hitting percentage as a team, a figure Boyle said surpassed the team’s goal of hitting above .300. Jonni Dorr led the Saints in aces with four.
“I think that our serving was tough,” Boyle said. “I think that playing in front of a home crowd gave us an opportunity to showcase what we can do. The girls settled in and were able to do that.”
Other team goals for the Saints included out-digging the Skylights 51-31 and recording more aces (seven) than serving errors (five).
“They were excited,” Boyle said. “They felt like they played cleanly.”
While homecoming is mostly an event for alumni, the game also served as a welcome-home game for the Saints. The volleyball team has played 15 of its 17 matches on the road this season. On Saturday, the Saints get another home match against the University of Great Falls.
“We have to bring this game tomorrow,” Boyle said. “We have to start where we left off tonight. This is how we should be playing.
“We have good leadership and they keep welcoming people in and their chemistry is great.”