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Bulldogs Snag Second Straight Sweep In Conference Play

UMW Sports Press Release

The Montana Western volleyball team (15-1, 2-0) rolled to a 3-0 (25-18,

25-22, 25-22) sweep of the Carroll College Saints (5-13, 0-2) tonight.


“I think that the team did great tonight. Obviously with Peyton going down, we had to have

someone really step up. I think Jaiden did a great job with that,” Head Coach Katie Lovett said. “We had a lot of different opportunities for freshman to step into some different roles out on the court. I feel that they did a really good job so it is exciting for not only this game here but for the future of our program.”



How it Happened

The Bulldogs hit .250 in the first set and held Carroll to a .068 mark led by four early kills from

sophomore right-side Jordan Olson to take the one set lead at 15-12. A kill from Jazi Smith and a block from the pair of Jaiden Perez and KayLee Kopp pushed the Bulldogs over to take set one 25-18.


Unlike the first set, Carroll jumped out to an 8-3 lead. Kills from Danyel Martin and Kaitlyn Van

Well closed the gap to just a point. An ace from Kaylee Fritz pushed UMW back out in front and the Bulldogs never turned back. Western went on to take set two 25-22.


The third frame saw the Bulldogs surge to a massive 14-3 lead early on. Carroll followed with

their own 10-1 scoring run to bring the game within just two points. Despite the comeback, the

Saints struggled to hang on and the Bulldogs ended the game at 25-22.



Notables

• The last time the Bulldogs swept the Saints was back on September 23, 2005 when the

Bulldogs downed Carroll on the road. The last home sweep over the Saints was back in

2002.

• As a team, UMW served their way to five aces.

• Fritz led the Bulldogs on the night, putting up 25 assists, 15 digs, and an ace.

• Smith led the Bulldogs on offense, totaling 11 kills with a .308 hitting percentage. She

also added 13 digs.

• Freshman middle Perez stepped up in the matchup, recording her first two blocks of her

career at UMW.


Up Next

The Bulldogs hit the road for the next three matchups. They first travel to Billings this Friday,

September 29 to take on (RV) Rocky Mountain College (12-6, 1-0). The last time the two teams

faced, the Bulldogs won 3-1.




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