George Ferguson Havre Daily News sports editor email@example.com
Things did not go exactly to plan for the Montana State University-Northern volleyball team on its season-opening road trip to Dickinson, N.D. This weekend at the Dac-Frontier Crossover hosted by Dickinson State University, the Skylights and new head coach Steve Leggitt made their 2008 season debut, but came away empty handed. The Skylights went 0-4 against schools from the DAC, and they were swept in three games in three of their four matches. MSU-N opened its season on Friday with a three-game loss to DSU. The Blue Hawks beat the Skylights by scores of 25-21, 21-7 and 25-17. Northern finished up the first day of competition with a four-game loss to South Dakota School of Mines by scores of 16-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 21-15. On Saturday, the Skylights fell to Minot State University by scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-13, and in their final match of the tournament, Valley City College handled MSU-N by scores of 25-19, 25-14 and 25-22. The Skylights, who are playing a multitude of freshmen and sophomores are now 0-4 on the season. Northern hits the road again this week, first for a match in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho against North Idaho College, and over the weekend, the Skylights will be at a tournament in Portland, Ore. MSUN's first home match of the season is on Sept. 19 against Westminster College.