Pioneers Volleyball bounce back, beat Rocky Mountain College JV

Derrick Calhoun Star Staff Writer
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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MCC Freshman Libero Matilda Dietz is set to serve during the second set of their 3-1 win over the Rocky Mountain College Bears JV team last night.

The Miles Community College (MCC) Pioneers volleyball team, led by MonDak volleyball player of the week sophomore setter Samantha Bonenberger, had a bounce back game last night, beating the Rocky Mountain College (RMC) JV team in four sets at home, in front of a packed Kailey Gymnasium.

The Pioneers, after a great week, going 2-0 against nationally ranked North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) and a strong Lake Region State College (LRSC) team fell on Tuesday night in three straight closely contested sets to Bismarck State College. Last nights win brought the Pioneers record on the season to 6-9, 2-1 in MonDak play.

Against the RMC Battlin’ Bears, the Pioneers won a convincing first set, 25-15. The Bears came out swinging in the second set, jumping to an early lead and holding off every Pioneer attempt to rally on their way to a 25-19 win.

The Pioneers headed back to the lockerroom and then came back out focused and ready to go. The women from MCC won the next two sets, 25-16 and 25-22, beating RMC 3-1.

Bonenberger, a Billings native, earned player of the week honors during MCC’s 2-0 home stand against tough conference competition with 80 assists, 11 digs, 6 aces, 5 blocks, and 5 kills to go along with no errors continued her strong play against RMC, leading the team with 43 assists.

MCC got strong contributions from all over its roster. Freshman outside hitter Mariah Simmons had 16 kills, freshman Libero Matilda Dietz had 13 digs, sophomore middle blocker Hailee Kuske (New England, ND) had 2.5 blocks, and freshman outside hitter Andie Batchelor had three aces.

Exciting for local fans in attendance, three recent Custer County District High School graduates were in action during last nights game. MCC freshman outside hitter Saige Diegle and defensive specialist Josie Chapweske went head-tohead against their CCDHS teammate from last year RMC freshman outside hitter Kyra Oakland.

The Pioneers volleyball team is back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m., as they head back on the road, going to Dickinson, North Dakota to face off against the Dickinson State JV team.

(Contact Derrick Calhoun at or 406-234-0450.)