Bowman County bounced by Beulah in five-set thriller

Oct. 31—BEULAH — The Beulah Miners improved to 10-1 on the 2023 volleyball season with a win over Bowman County on Oct. 27, which places them in second for Class B, Region 7 and notches the Bulldogs into third at 7-3 as they head into their regular-season finale on Tuesday versus fourth-place Hettinger-Scranton in Bowman County.

Last-Friday's game resulted in a five-set thriller — as no team won any individual set by more-than 3 points — with the Miners taking home the marathon win by scores of 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 15-13. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are on a remarkable streak to close out the 2023 regular season, going 5-2 over the last seven games and head into the Regional Tournament in Killdeer that begins on Nov. 6 on somewhat of a roll.

In the Friday, Oct. 27 test, which could have gone either-way, Bowman County contributed stats all over the court, with the ever-reliable Alyssa Martian distributing the ball on a career-night with an amazing 52 assists, to go along with an ace and 13 digs on defense. The offensive statline was solid for BCHS with three players in double digits in kills: Sophia Headley leading the way with 14, Claire Stafford contributing 13 and Reagan Coyle rising up with a dozen, while Emberly Van Daele and Kennedy Senn smoked 9 apiece. Headley also led the way by dropping 3 aces into the Miners' court and Coyle threw down a pair of aces, herself.

On defense, Stafford was a stone wall with 6 blocks on the night and Van Daele clocked in with a pair, while Coyle led the way in digs with a stunning 22 and Lucy Heyen added an even 20, while three other players logged double-digits: Van Daele's 14, Martian's 13 and Ashlyn Ficher's 11.

For their part, the Miners were led by Graysen Connolly's 42 assists and 3 aces, Brooklyn Tuhy's 20 kills and 5 blocks, and Savana Filibeck's 26 digs.

Heading into the Regional Tournament, Dickinson Trinity leads the way at a perfect 10-0 in the region and 32-1 overall, followed by Beulah (who are 18-6, incidentally), Bowman County's hanging in at 16-15-1 overall and Hettinger-Scranton is at 14-11 over the season. But as for the Class B, Region 7 records, currently, three teams are tied at 5-5 with Mott-Regent, Richardton-Taylor and Glen Ullin-Hebron all standing even and Hazen following them at 5-6.

Dickinson Trinity will finish their season at home versus Killdeer (2-7 in Region 7) on Tuesday, while Glen Ullin-Hebron will be on the road to Richardton-Taylor the same night and Mott-Regent heads to New England for their regular-season finale on the road.

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