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Brielle Bumgarner

Carroll’s Brielle Bumgarner fires off a spike against Montana Tech during Wednesday’s game in Helena. The Saints lost to the Orediggers 3-1 in a Frontier Conference match.

HELENA — The No. 22-ranked Montana Tech volleyball team defeated Carroll College in a four-set Frontier Conference match on Wednesday night in the PE Center 25-20, 25-15, 19-25, 25-16.

The Orediggers (12-7, 3-1) were led by Heather Thompson and Masha Korol with 13 kills each. Karina Mickelson added 10 kills.

Kamaile Moody ran the offense with 26 assists. Hannah Liss helped with 14 assists. Sabrina Hopcroft was the top defender with 26 digs, Korol had 15 digs and Mickelson had 13.

Brielle Bumgarner and Lexi Mikkelsen were the top hitters for the Saints (14-9, 2-3) with 11 kills each. Rayna Pilgeram had 33 assists and Ayla Carpenter had 21 digs to lead the defense.

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"I think when you have 37 hitting errors, I don't think you give yourself any chance to win," Saints coach Moe Boyle said.

The first set was closely contested. It was tied at 16 before the Orediggers took control at the end. The second set was dominated early by Tech, but Carroll made it competitive late.

The third set was controlled by the Saints throughout as they hoped that would turn the momentum their way. It was temporary as the Orediggers didn't take long to control the final set.

"As a team, they understand they can't come out flat," Boyle said. "There's really not anything I can do to change that. It's something they have to do. We can work on all the skills we want, but if they can't keep the ball on the court it isn't going to matter."

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