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Hawks fight, but fall short against Rocky Mountain

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BILLINGS, Mont. -- Dickinson State pushed back against Rocky Mountain College on Friday night, but the Bears had too much bite.

Rocky won a Frontier Conference match 25-12, 34-32, 25-22 to keep the Blue Hawks winless against league opponents in their first season as a member of the Frontier.

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After a quick loss in the first set, DSU pushed Rocky to extra points in the second after the Bears rallied to shake off DSU's 24-22 set-point lead with a three-point run. They traded points until back-to-back kills by Ahlea Billis and BrieAnna Geck.

The Blue Hawks stayed close in the third, holding several one-point leads, before the Bears broke a 21-21 tie on a DSU attacking error and again got kills from Billis and Geck to close out the win.

Billis and Geck each had 10 kills. Anna Dewald led the Bears (10-15, 6-6 Frontier) with 15 kills. Esther Timofeyev had eight kills and five blocks.

Melissa Avila led DSU with 11 kills and 17 assists. Ebony Sanders added seven kills, nine digs and three blocks for the Blue Hawks (3-17, 0-9 Frontier), who visit Great Falls at 2 p.m. today.

DSU 12 32 22 -- 0

Rocky 25 34 25 -- 3

Kills: DSU, Melissa Avila 11, Ebony Sanders 7, Linaya Schroeder 6, Shaunda Dvorak 4, Sarah Zeibig 4, Priscilla Frias 4, Kelly O'Connor 1, Alexxus Fisher 1, Katelyn Christensen 1, Chelsea Seibel 1. RMC, Dewald 15, Billis 10, Geck 10, Timofeyev 8, Stiffarm 4, Hellerud 2, Elenbaas 2, Walen 1, Stone 1.

Blocks: DSU, Dvorak 4, Sanders 3, Frias 2, Zeibig 1. RMC, Timofeyev 5, Dewald 4, Stiffarm 4, Billis 3, Geck 2, Hellerud 1.

Aces: DSU, Rebecca Johnson 1, Christensen 1, Fisher 1, O'Connor 1. RMC, Hale 2, Gabel 1.

Digs: DSU, Sanders 9, Christensen 5, O'Connor 3. RMC, Elenbaas 9, Donaldson 7, Billis 4, Hellerud 3.

Assists: DSU, Avila 17, O'Connor 12, Johnson 3. RMC, Gabel 23, Moullet 16.

Records: DSU 3-17, 0-9 Frontier; RMC 10-15, 6-6 Frontier.

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