The Beresford Watchdog volleyball team lost their first match of the Big East Conference Tournament on Thursday, September 8th. The Watchdogs traveled to Garretson and lost a straight-set match to the Blue Dragons.
After an early 10-10 tie in the opening set, Garretson went on a 6-0 run to take a 16-10 lead. That run kept them safely in front as they took the opening set 25-18. Beresford took an early 7-5 lead to start the second set. Garretson then went on a 10-3 run for a 15-10 advantage. The Watchdogs pulled within two, 20-18, but Garretson finished the set on a 5-1 for a 25-19 win.
Beresford again started the third set with a 7-5 lead. Garretson once again made another run, this time a 7-3 run, for a 12-8. The Watchdogs responded with an 8-4 run to tie the set 16-16. The Blue Dragons went ahead 23-18. Beresford scored the next three points making the score 23-21, but the Blue Dragons scored the final two points to win the match with a third set score of 25-21.
After the opening match loss to Garretson, the Watchdogs then had to play the Sioux Valley Cossacks also on Thursday. Sioux Valley took the match win in three sets.
The Cossacks won the first two sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-23. Beresford was able to get a win in set three by a score of 25-23, but Sioux Valley cruised through the fourth set, 25-8, to earn the match win.
Beresford traveled to Chester for the 7th/8th place match of the Big East Tournament on Saturday, September 10th. The Watchdogs battled the Parker Pheasants in a tough five-match set.
The Pheasants opened the match with a 25-18 opening set win. Beresford rebounded with a set two win by a score of 25-20. Parker won the third set in extra time with a 27-25 score. The Watchdogs forced a fifth set by winning the fourth with a score of 25-18. Beresford then won the hard-fought fifth set, but needed extra time. The Watchdogs took the set 16-14 for the seventh place finish at the tournament.