Royals comeback bid falls short in fifth

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

The Lake Region State College Womens Volleyball Team hosted Dakota College of Bottineau on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Sweetwater Elementary in a MonDak Conference clash.

The Royals came into the match with a 3-17 (0-5) record looking for their first conference win while the Jacks 1-10 (1-5) came in having only beaten the Royals for their lone victory this season.

The match that ensued ended up being a wild and crazy volleyball match that kept everyone in the gym on the edge of their seat.

In the first set both teams were tied up at 11. Nearing the end of the set, the Royals were holding onto a 21-19 lead forcing the Jacks to use their second time out. It proved to be the right call as they closed out the set on a 6-4 run, winning 25-23 and taking a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, an early run by the Royals gave them the advantage at 14-10. Once again DCB answered with a run of their own, pulling ahead 19-15 and forcing an LRSC timeout. The Royals clawed their way back into the set, locking it back up at 23-23. The final two points were hard fought but fell the Jacks way by. closing out the second set 25-23 to take a 2-0 set lead.

The Royals headed into intermission knowing they were right in the match. They came out of the locker room prepared and focused.

The 3rd set had both teams alternating points and neither team could gain any ground without the other making it up. With the score 17-16 in favor of DCB half way through, LRSC dug deep and outscored the Jacks 9-6 to take the third set in dramatic fashion, 25-23.

In the fourth set, both teams were digging and scrambling for every point. It was 22-22 late in the set, leading to a critical junction. The Royals would not go quietly and took the set winning three of the next four points to take the match 25-23.

It would head to a deciding and heart pounding fifth set with both sides making the other work for every point.

LRSC jumped out to an early lead at 7-4 but they just ran out of gas after that. The comeback they had worked so hard for fell just short as the Jacks reeled off an 11-4 run to win the fifth set and the match with a score of 15-11. The final DCB three sets to two over LRSC.

"I was proud of how hard we played today,” Head Coach Brigitte Greywater said. “To get down two sets and to come back to force a fifth one is never an easy thing to do.

“Our girls proved they aren't going to quit. We are going to keep playing hard until the very end. I hope this gives us a shot of confidence heading into a big week of volleyball."

With the win, DCB moves to 2-10 (2-5) on the year with LRSC now 3-18 (0-6).

This is a big week for the Royals Volleyball team as they have four matches coming up on the road.

On Wednesday, Oct. 4, they will travel to Wahpeton to take on NDSCS in a MonDak matchup. Game time will be at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the Royals head to Jamestown to square off against the Jamestown JV at 7 p.m.

Then Saturday, the girls make the trip down to Minneapolis to meet DCTC at 1 p.m. and Gogebic Community College at 3 p.m. in Regional play.

Next home game will be Friday, Oct. 13th versus Dawson Community College at 8 p.m.