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Heart River volleyball advances after downing Glen Ullin-Hebron

Trailing by two sets, Glen Ullin-Hebron looked poised to make a comeback. With the Bearcats in control at 13-7, Heart River head coach Hope Klein called a timeout to remind her team the match was far from over -- and the Cougars responded. No. 3-...

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Heart River players celebrate after a point during their Region 7 quarterfinal match against Glen Ullin-Hebron Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

Trailing by two sets, Glen Ullin-Hebron looked poised to make a comeback.
With the Bearcats in control at 13-7, Heart River head coach Hope Klein called a timeout to remind her team the match was far from over - and the Cougars responded.
No. 3-seeded Heart River closed out on a 18-6 run to claim a 27-25, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of No. 6 seed Glen Ullin-Hebron in the Region 7 volleyball tournament quarterfinals Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“It was crazy. We needed that,” Klein said. “That was the swing of the game right there.”
Up until that point, the Bearcats looked poised to prevent the Cougars from a sweep. Glen Ullin-Hebron’s offense - powered by senior middle hitter Michaela Gerving’s nine kills and senior setter Kendra Gerving’s 21 assists - appeared rejuvenated.
“The difference was the pace of the game slowed down,” Bearcats head coach Maria Stockert said. “They took back over control, made it go their way and kind of took away some of our momentum.”
Heart River responded to the 13-7 slide with a 7-1 run of its own to tie the set at 14-14 before Stockert called a timeout.
The Cougars, however, would end the Bearcats’ season with an 11-5 roll.
“I was thinking we had to play smart and about who I was going to set it to and who would be smartest with the ball,” Cougars sophomore setter Bailey Olson said. “When it comes down to close sets like that, you’ve just got to be smart and play as a team.”
Outside hitters Allison Buckman and Ashlyn Privatsky led the Cougars with 10 kills each, but nine players recorded a kill for Heart River.
That was in part thanks to Olson’s match-high 29 assists. She tied libero Mara Obrigewitch for a match-high 22 digs apiece.

“Defense is always important,” Olson said. “Coach is always telling us it’s defense before offense.”
As a team, Heart River tallied 92 digs. That defense was on display in the first set when the Bearcats came back from a near set loss to tie it at 24-24. The last points of the set were thrilling rallies, but the Cougars ended it 27-25.
“They’re such a scrappy team, so being able to predict them was a little difficult,” Klein said. “But I thought our defense played well. At times it seemed a little slow, but we picked it up at the end.”
The Bearcats came out with the same intensity in the second set, fighting to a 13-13 tie before calling a timeout at 19-14. The Cougars finished the set off 25-15 on their way to claiming the match.
“I think the girls worked hard. They did give it their heart and soul,” Stockert said. “We’re a good team and came out strong. We tried to stay with it, and we battled back when we needed to. Things just didn’t go our way tonight.”
The Cougars will face No. 2-seeded Hazen 25 minutes after No. 4 seed New England and No. 1 seed Trinity match at 5 p.m. today.
“They’re an all-around athletic team,” Klein said of Hazen. “They’re going to be a handful for us, but it’ll be fun. It’s going to be a fun match.”

Heart River 3, Glen Ullin-Hebron 0
GUH 25 15 19 - 0
HR 27 25 25 - 3
Kills: GUH, Taya Bandle 8, Michaela Gerving 9, Kennedy Zuroff 7, Kiana Schantz 5, Kendra Gerving 1. HR, Jasmine Northrop 4, Bailey Olson 1, Becky Binstock 4, Brittni Krance 1, Mara Obrigewitch 1, Allison Buckman 10, Ashlyn Privatsky 10, Raven Walker 3, Jenna Obrigewitch 1.
Blocks: GUH, M. Gerving 2, Schantz 2. HR, Northrop 1.5, Olson 1, Krance 1, Natasha Baranko 0.5, Buckman 2, Raven Walker 2.
Aces: GUH, M. Gerving 1, L. Gerving 2. HR, Laynee Kudrna 2, Obrigewitch 1, Buckman 4, Jenna Obrigewitch 1.
Digs: GUH, Bandle 19, M. Gerving 19, Zuroff 20, L. Gerving 10, Schantz 12, K. Gerving 9. HR, Northrop 11, Olson 22, Kudrna 2, Binstock 2, Krance 1, M. Obrigewitch 22, Buckman 13, Privatsky 5, Walker 4, J. Obrigewitch 10.
Assists: GUH, L. Gerving 4, K. Gerving 21. HR, Northrop 2, Olson 29.

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