By Brett Nachtigall
EDGEMONT – The Edgemont Lady Moguls volleyball team had another successful week that included a home win versus Hulett, Wyo., last Thursday for Parent's Night, and was capped off with a third place finish in the Panhandle Athletics Conference Tournament this past Saturday in Morrill, Neb.
Versus Hulett at home, the Lady Moguls won in straight sets 25-14, 25-20 and 25-22.
Senior Maddie Peterson had a team-high seven kills and 19 serve receptions. Fellow senior Abby Tidball led the team with 17 digs and five ace serves. Younger sister Lizzy Tidball added 16 digs while also adding six kills. Jenna Ostenson and Morgan Peterson each had 16 kill assists, as Morgan also added three ace serves.
On the road this past weekend in Morrill, Neb., the Lady Moguls earned a 2-1 tournament record with 2-0 wins over both Hemingford, Neb. (25-17, 25-21) and host Morrill (25-17, 25-19), with their only loss to eventual PAC Tourney champion Sioux County, Neb, (21-25, 21-25).
“We came in seeded third and played well against sixth seed, Hemingford, Neb., for our first game which we won in two sets,” said Edgemont head coach Susan Ostenson. “We faced Sioux County for a rematch of our trip there last week, but came up short against the second seeded team in two close sets--both 21-25. Sioux County played very well together Saturday and went undefeated on the day to beat No. 1 seeded Crawford for the championship this year.”
In the Hemingford match, Maddie Peterson again led the team with six kills and three ace serves. She also had 10 digs, second only to teammate Lizzy Tidball who had a team-high 15. Abby Tidball had two solo blocks as well as 16 serve receptions. Jenna Ostenson and Morgan Peterson again led the team in kill assists with seven and six respectively.
“For the third place game, we were matched up against host team, Morrill,” Coach Ostenson said. “This is the only school in our conference that we don't play in a regular season match. We watched them play earlier in the day and knew it would be tough to beat this enthusiastic, hard working team at home. We had a good game with lots of long rallies. I was proud of our girls for sticking with it and winning in two sets, 25-17, 25-19.”
Leading the team in kills versus Morrill was Abby Tidball with five, followed by Sarah Barker and Kiara Allen both with three. Allen also had solo blocks.
Maddie Peterson, Morgan Peterson and Lizzy Tidball each had 10 digs, with Morgan Peterson also tying for the team-lead with kill assists, as both she and Jenna Ostenson had eight each. Morgan also had two ace serves. Maddie had a team-high 16 serve receptions.
With their three wins on the week, Edgemont improved to 9-13 on the season and this week travel to Custer on Monday, to Rapid City Christian on Thursday and then New Underwood on Friday.