SunDogs come back to edge Millar

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Great Plains College SunDogs women erase 13-6 deficit in fifth set to upend Millar Edge in Pac opener

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The Great Plains College SunDogs womens’ volleyball team opened their season on a winning note with a thrilling five-set win over the visiting Millar College of the Bible Edge on Thursday.

The Prairie Athletic Conference opener had no shortage of momentum swings before the host SunDogs eventually won. Millar held a commanding 13-6 lead in the fifth set before the SunDogs rallied with nine straight points to earn the win.

The SunDogs opened the match with a convincing 25-8 win, but Millar replied with a 25-20 win to even the match. The SunDogs put the Edge on the ropes with a 25-20 win of their own to lead 2-1, but Millar answered back with a 25-13 victory to force a fifth and deciding set.

Morgan Montgomery is at the helm of the SunDogs for a fourth straight season. She was excited to open the season with the win.

“There was some moments in the middle of the game where I wasn’t as happy. But the girls fought hard. This is the first time they have even had a scrimmage as a team because of our small numbers this year. So for them to come out, especially in the first set, to win 25-8, that was pretty incredible.”

She gave full credit to their PAC rivals as well.

“Millar came on strong, we probably shocked them there at the start. The girls battled, it was good battle on both sides of the court. It is nice to see that we are going to have some strong games this season.”

Montgomery felt her team has plenty to work on as the season progresses.

“The mental game is always a huge thing that we have to improve, that and confidence on the court. The girls just need to learn how to play together. A lot of them have never known each other except for the last few weeks. Just to get to know each other on and off the court and learning to trust your teammates is a big thing.”

Missed serves were also an area of concern in a match that was only separated by a total of seven points.

“The girls asked me after the game if the comeback in the fifth set makes up for the missed serves and I said no. Serving is one thing that nobody can affect you, it is all in you head. You should never miss a serve in a game,” said the veteran coach.

The Great Plains College campus gym was rocking with strong support for both teams.

“It is fun and the girls really feed off of it. Usually it is kind of one-sided and there are a lot more Millar fans. It was nice to see a lot of Swift Current fans out here tonight. There was a lot of noise when we were scoring points, so that was a nice change of atmosphere and I think it kind of shocked Millar a little bit because they usually dominate the crowd. We all feed off of it and it is a lot of fun.”

The SunDogs will face the Edge at least a couple more times this season, including the annual Battle of the Southwest on Nov. 27 in Swift Current.

“It is going to be a battle that’s for sure. Hopefully at the end of November we can bring the cup back to Swift Current,” said Montgomery.

Organizations: Great Plains College, Millar College, PAC Prairie Athletic Conference

Geographic location: Swift Current

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