The Bayard Tigers bested the Sioux County Warriors in a five-set slugfest Saturday that saw two evenly matched teams fighting point-for-point.
Sioux County won the opening set 25-23 but led the entire set, never allowing the Tigers to even tie the match. The Warriors had 11 kills in the set with swings by Tamika Eastman, Karlee Juhnke, Kailey Klein and Skylar Edmund. Beth Krein aided the efforts with an ace serve and teamed up with Kodie Rempp for an important block early in the contest to give the Warriors a 4-0 lead. Bayard took the second set 25-21, but only after eight ties and five lead changes.
The back-and-forth continued in the third set, with the Warriors taking the victory 26-24. Early action had the teams tied at each point through five before the Warriors took control and opened up a 16-8 lead. The Tigers fought back and pulled within 23-21 late and tied the game at 24 before Sioux County was able to put the set away. Sioux County used ace serves by Krein and Eastman, as well as kills by Rempp, Juhnke, Eastman, Krein and Edmund to stay alive.
Bayard won the fourth set 26-24 to force the fifth. Again, the teams played point-for-point, with six ties through 10. The Tigers went on a run to lead 14-10, but the set was tied again at 14, 15 and 20. The Tigers went up 22-20 at that point, only to see the Warriors come back again and tie it at 24. Bayard went on to take the fifth set and the game 15-12. The final set was tied five times, but several hitting errors by Sioux County gave Bayard the edge needed to win.