By George Ferguson
It has been rough going for the Havre High volleyball team lately. It didn't get any better on Saturday in Great Falls, as the Ponies were defeated by the Great Falls High Bison at the Bison Fieldhouse.
The Bison downed the Ponies in three straight games by scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-17.
It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Ponies, and head coach Lacy Anderson knows her team is in dire need of a victory as the end of the season draws closer.
"We are really struggling right now," Anderson said. "We are going to have to get this turned around because there isn't a lot of time before the divisional tournament."
The Ponies committed 59 errors in the match against the Bison, and Anderson said that was the difference.
"You just can't have that many mistakes and expect to win," Anderson said. "Great Falls High didn't really do anything spectacular. I feel like we really just handed them at least two games because of errors."
Havre was led by Jeanna McPherson with six kills and an ace. Kristi Owens and Kelsey Smith added four kills a piece. Kari Bolken contributed eight assists, while Brittany Vandersloot and Heather Laprath added eight digs apiece.
Despite the loss Anderson saw some good things on the court, like the contribution of senior defensive specialist Kacie Kitchens.
"Kacie has been so consistent for us," Anderson said. "Saturday, she played a great all-around game."
The loss drops the Ponies to 7-10 overall on the season and 4-3 in conference play.
"The girls weren't very happy with the way they played after the match," Anderson said.
In the loss to the Bison and during the current losing streak, the Ponies have struggled with being completely into the match.
"Sometimes some of the girls just lose focus of where they are supposed to be on the court and that really hurts us," Anderson said. "And our hitters haven't been putting the ball away, even when they have wide open opportunities."
"We don't play again until Saturday so we have a whole week of practice to drill and work on the things we need to fix," Anderson said. "Hopefully, we'll get better because I know we can play much better."
Havre will host the C.M. Russell Rustlers on Saturday night at the Havre High Gymnasium.