The Sioux County Warriors evened the score with the Crawford Rams Monday, as the teams entered post-season action with the Rams up 2-1 in head-to-head competition with the Warriors.
Sioux County defeated the Rams in four sets in the D2-12 semi-finals in Hay Springs, securing a spot in the Sub-District championship and ending Crawford’s season. The Warriors took the victory 25-20, 23-25, 25-9, 25-19 to improve to 16-8, while Crawford fell to 13-13 on the year.
While the Rams tied the opening set four times early, they never could edge past the Warriors. Up by 10 points late in the set, the Warriors needed just two points to close things out. Crawford had other ideas, however, and held Sioux County at set points 23 and 24 long enough to cut the deficit in half. The second set was back-and-forth with 10 ties and six lead changes. The teams essentially went point-for-point early until Sioux County was able to open up a 22-16 lead behind a block and two kills by Sierra Eastman and an ace serve by Britney Klein. But the Rams were undeterred and struck back with an ace by Natalie Barry and consecutive kills to make it 22-21. A missed serve and two hitting errors by the Warriors handed the lead to Crawford, and Skylar Summers nabbed the win for the Rams with a kill.
The third set belonged to Sioux County all the way, as they opened up a 18-4 lead in a streak that included three kills and five aces by Tamika Eastman and a kill by Kailey Klein. Summers and Carly Lemmon landed kills for the Rams, and Barry added a block, but the effort came too late as the Warriors took went up 2-1. The final set again belonged to the Warriors. The Rams tied the score three times early but after taking a 4-3 lead, the Warriors never looked back.
Sioux County will take on Minatare Tuesday night in Hay Springs, with the winner securing a spot in the District Finals. First serve will be at 6 p.m.