The reigning Region XIII champions, NDSCS Wildcats, came into Glendive Wednesday night and continued their undefeated season by beating the Lady Buccaneers in 3 sets on what was dubbed Black Out Night. All students and fans were encouraged to wear black apparel while attending the game. The NDSCS Wildcats are widely known for their talent and last year's highly successful squad. The Wildcats are led by Head Coach Jane Passa who is currently in her 19th season. They have a roster that bolsters four sophomores and 3 players over 6'0''.
The first set was a battle of runs. The Lady Bucs had moments of brilliance and kept it competitive, but ultimately fell short to the Wildcats. The following set had some exciting moments, bringing the crowd to life on multiple occasions. "Energy from the crowd is really important, especially when we are down," Ebonay Clark says, "It is great to have support from our fellow students." Despite the crowd support for the home Buccaneers, the Wildcats still took the second set.
In the third set, NDSCS took early control. Lexi Begger tried to keep the Bucs close with an enormous spike that sent a spark throughout the entire building. The Lady Bucs exerting all the fight they had, ultimately fell short, while the Wildcats ran a clean sweep.
While the result was not what DCC had hoped for, they showed mental fortitude against a championship caliber team. Sara Anderson, a 5'6'' freshman out of Belt, Montana said, "Because of the mistakes we made during this game, we were able to learn more of what we need to work on in practice." When asked about the team's chemistry, she replied, "We are all super close and do everything together, which builds our bonds and transfers onto the court."
Sam Egan led the Lady Bucs with 13 assists. She also led the team with 2 aces. Channa Clarin led DCC with 4 blocks and Lexi Begger followed with 3.5 blocks. Begger also had 6 kills to lead the team. Channa Clarin followed closely behind with 5 kills. Erin Campbell had 13 digs and Sara Anderson had 9.
It's safe to say this youthful Lady Bucs team is on the rise. A close knit team often finds a way to finish a season on a high note. There is no lack of talent found at DCC, with upcoming games drawing ever closer, excitement is building about how the team bounces back next Wednesday when they face Williston State College on the road.