LEAD — Lead-Deadwood came ready to play, but Belle Fourche's volleyball team proved to be too strong as the Lady Broncs swept the Lady Diggers in three games, Tuesday night in Lead.
“I thought we did some really good things. There are some things we still need to work on a little bit, but it was a good effort from the girls,” said Belle Fourche head coach Loree Schlichtemeier.
Lady Diggers coach Erica Anshutz said she she was proud of how her team came ready to play hard against Belle Fourche.
“They came ready to work tonight. They came ready to play hard,” said Anshutz. “I think we had a lot of high moments and just a couple of down moments that took all of our momentum.
“I was happy with how my team fought. Going into that third set they were not going to back down and they were not going to give up and they fought for every single point and they played hard.”
Lead-Deadwood grabbed the momentum early in Game 1 and took a 4-1 lead thanks to two Belle Fourche errors and kills by Nash Williams and Ashley Hansen.
Belle Fourche tied things at 9-9 on a kill by Shelbie Budmayr.
The Broncs took the lead 12-11 on a block by Nicole Kling and went on to win Game 1 23-16.
Game 2 was all Belle Fourche as Fehrin Ward and Budmayr made their presence felt up front and the Lady Broncs took Game 2, 25-13.
Lead-Deadwood came out ready to play in Game 3.
Williams and Hansen hit kills to put the Lady Diggers up 3-2.
The Diggers held the lead 13-11 after kills by Williams and Mikayla Gallagher.
Belle Fourche refused to break, taking the lead 20-19 on a kill by Ward
A kill and a block by Taylor Gubbrud and a passing shot by Liz Day sealed the win in Game 3. 25-21 and gave the Lady Broncs the match, three games to none.
Ward had 15 kills and Budmayr had 11 kills for Belle Fourche. Budmayr had 19 digs and Day had 36 assists.
Williams had five kills and Miranda Gallagher and Jade Derby had three kills each for the Lady Diggers. Kaitlin Sulentic had 13 assists, Derby had seven digs and Williams and Miranda Gallagher had two blocks each.
Belle Fourche improved to 21-0 on the season, but coach Schlichtemeier said they still need to improve in certain areas.
“We need to keep improving and not be satisfied where we are right now,” said Schlichtemeier. “There’s always things you can improve on so we are going to work hard and keep improving and hopefully things will work out okay.”
Lead-Deadwood falls to 5-14 on the season and will host the Mile High Tourney beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, in Lead.