DAYTON — The Sundance Lady Bulldogs defeated the Tongue River Lady Eagles three sets to one (25-16, 25-16, 23-25, 25-13) in high school volleyball action in Dayton Saturday.
Tongue River dropped to 4-12 and now stands 0-2 in 2A Northeast Conference play.
Sundance (12-6, 3-0) was led by the strong hitting of Teila McInerney, who asserted herself late in game three and dominated game four.
The Lady Eagles had difficulty sustaining momentum as the Lady Bulldogs took charge of the match early. Sundance parlayed three five-point runs into a comfortable win in the first set.
“I felt that we played a whole lot better than we did against Big Horn on Thursday night,” Tongue River head coach Richard Myers stated after the game. “Everybody was moving, everybody was hustling. They were picking up the blocks. They were hitting. They were just a thousand times better than they were on Thursday night.”
Game two was tight early. However, the Lady Bulldogs took 9 of the last 12 points to win the set.
“We still have to work on our defense, and we have to be sure that we’re more aggressive on our attacks and be sure that we hit the ball with every chance we get,” Myers said.
Sundance had a height advantage at the net and capitalized on that throughout. While the Lady Eagles made numerous efforts to contend, the Lady Bulldogs’ strong play at the net proved to be too much.
Tongue River played with enthusiasm, and that effort paid off with a win in the third set. The Lady Eagles were up 11-4 early in the set and held on despite a spirited comeback effort from the Lady Bulldogs. Neci Sundquist contributed with kills from the hitting position and led the Eagles to a 25-23 set victory.
McInerney took charge in the fourth set, though, with numerous winning spikes as the Lady Bulldogs closed out the match with a comfortable 25-13 win.
Next up for Tongue River is a home match with Lovell Friday.
By Chloe Schilling