Wolves hammer Herders in three-straight

Attitude, skills still being tuned in dry streak

Coming in, the Herders knew they were going to be challenged tougher than in just about any previous match. And again, Three Forks proved to be just as dominant as any team in the state with a 3-0 match win against Big Timber volleyball Oct. 3. 

For the Herders (3-10, 1-6 District 5), it was as much about attitude as it was about learning to play with the best in the state. 

“A team like Three Forks is so fast and plays so much quicker pace than any other team we play,” said Marissa Morgan. “So, even as far as tournaments go, there aren’t lulls between points. It’s just go, go, go.”

Morgan and her teammates did their best to receive attacks from Three Forks players Morgan Allen and Shainy Mack, who never let up throughout the night. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Check out some of the best photos from the three-set match against Three Forks.

The first set remained close for the most part, as the Herders forced the Wolves’ front line to send their attacks long and out of bounds. But eventually, they broke down the initial defense from the Herders and took control. 

“We have that approach where we’re trying to improve,” said head coach Dale Wood. “And markedly improve. Can we document that we improved, when we play teams like this? In my opinion, [Three Forks] is your state champion team.”

Wood said the most eye-opening experience for him when seeing teams like Three Forks is the inability to replicate movements, speed, attacks and power that they see on the court, in practice. So, when the Herders do take the court against teams such as Three Forks, Wood hopes to use every point as a learning experience to better prepare the players for the postseason tournaments. 

For more of this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Big Timber Pioneer on newsstands now, or subscribe online at bigtimberpioneer.net.

PHOTO CAPTION: Marissa Morgan, left, receives a serve from a Three Forks player Oct. 3 at home. Morgan said the goal coming into the evening’s match with the Wolves was to “touch everything,” in hope of giving the Herders a fighting chance on some 50/50 balls.  (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer)




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