HART RANCH – After finishing as the seventh-seed in the 11-team field of Region 7B teams, the Edgemont Lady Moguls faced off against 10th-seed Crazy Horse in the first round of the playoffs this past Monday night, Oct. 29, in a game played at a neutral site at Rapid City Christian located at Hart Ranch.
Edgemont (12-17 overall record) defeated Crazy Horse (5-18) in three games by scores of 25-7, 25-22 and 25-11.
“Although we won in three sets, it was a slow paced game, and our girls struggled to play with much fire,” said Edgemont head coach Susan Ostenson. “We won the first set 25-7, serving well—Maddie Peterson led us with six aces in the night, all in the first set.”
Coach Ostenson said a new string of girls went in for the second set, which finished with a much closer margin of victory, 25-22.
“It was good to see some girls who, during the regular season have played mostly JV and sub in during varsity, get court time tonight,” Ostenson said. “We came back with our original line up and won the third set 25-11.”
“Lizzy Tidball played smart ball on the net, leading us with nine kills,” Ostenson said, while adding that freshman setter Morgan Peterson also got some front row time and added five kills. Jenna and Peyton Ostenson also each had three kills, Maddie Peterson two, while Elli Hollenbeck added a kill as well.
From the service line, Abby Tidball had five aces, Jenna Ostenson three, Taylor Grill, Sarah Barker, and Morgan Peterson two with Elli Hollenbeck adding another ace for the night.
“Although we missed some things that we should have had, we also showed hustle and smart volleyball at times,” Coach Ostenson added. “It was good to have a balance tonight, with all players getting on the floor and contributing to the win.”
Missing from the line-up, and also out for the team's second round matchup versus Philip this past Tuesday night, Oct. 30, was senior Kiara Allen, who has not been able to play for the last two weeks because of a shoulder injury. The disappointing end to her senior season unfortunately is nothing new to the Hot Springs transfer student-athlete, who saw all three of her previous high school volleyball seasons end prematurely while a member of the Lady Bison, due to injury, concussion or other medical concerns.
“We missed Kiara Allen,” said Coach Ostenson after their game on Monday night. “It is disappointing to have her work hard to earn a place on the court, only to not be able to finish the season because of an injury. Kiara wasn’t able to play volleyball last year because of surgery on her foot. She transferred to Edgemont this year, and I enjoyed coaching her and having her on our team. She attributed a positive attitude, height, and abilities on the net to our team this year. I wish she had another year to give us.”
While results from Edgemont's second-round match versus Philip were not available prior to this week's newspaper deadline, Coach Ostenson said prior to the matchup that it was going to be tough for the Lady Moguls to beat the No. 2 seeded Scotties at home.
“They have been playing good volleyball as usual this season, and we know the intensity will be at another level playing there for our second round of regions. If we play our game, I know we will be able to play a close game with them. We'll let the scores take care of themselves.”
Brett Nachtigall/Fall River County Herald
With her teammates and coaches looking on from the nearby bench, Edgemont junior Jenna Ostenson sets a ball to a teammate during a game played earlier this season at home.