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Snow shines at preseason volleyball tournament
 August 27, 2013


EPHRAIM, Utah—The Snow College Lady Badger volleyball team started off the 2013 season in great form by winning a preseason tournament held at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls with three wins over ranked opponents. The Badgers swept all four matches they played in the Buffalo Wild Wings Championship including a thrilling five-set win over the host team, and defending national champions, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI).

“We started out well, and we finished stronger,” said Snow assistant coach Casey Kidman. “We have a long way to go and this tournament has shown us what we are capable of.”

Snow opened on Friday with a 25-23, 25-23, 11-25, 19-25, 15-11 win over Northwest College from Powell, Wyo., ranked No. 22 in the NJCAA. After dropping the first two sets by narrow, identical 25-23 scores, the Trappers from Northwest took the momentum with lopsided wins in sets three and four. But Snow regrouped to take the final set 15-11.

In their next match, against Central Wyoming, the Badgers dropped the first set 22-25, but then roared back to take the next three, 25-17, 25-20, 25-15. Saturday morning Snow swept No. 19 ranked Casper College (Wyo.) by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 25-23 to earn a ticket into the tournament championship where they took on Scenic West Athletic Conference foe, and defending national champion, CSI.

The Badgers shocked the Golden Eagles of CSI on Saturday by handing them their first defeat of the season, matching their loss total of last year when CSI went 33-1 en route to winning the NJCAA national championship. Snow downed third-ranked CSI by scores of 25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-11.

Outside hitter Madi Packard (Bountiful, Utah) led the Badger assault against CSI with 27 kills on 75 attempts. Snow’s defense finished with 14 blocks which held the Golden Eagles to a .105 hitting percentage. “When it comes down to it all, the players are the ones who make the season successful and we have a wonderful group of ladies that will do just that,” Kidman said. “As coaches we can tell them what to do but they are the ones who put those ideas into action.”

In the tournament Packard finished with 77 kills which puts her second nationally. Her 90 points and 209 total attacks lead the nation early in this young season. Brenna DeYoung (Erda, Utah), who recently committed to play at the University of Utah next season, totaled 25 blocks which has her leading the nation, not surprising Badger head coach Keven John who said that DeYoung “has a good chance at topping the NJCAA national blocking list.”

Snow returns to Twin Falls this weekend where they will play Northeastern and nationally top-ranked Western Nebraska on Friday, and then travel to Salt Lake City where they will take on Eastern Arizona and No. 16 Western Wyoming on Saturday in the Salt Lake Tournament. The Badgers do not play their home opener until Sept. 13.

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