Explodes for 30 Kills in Yellowjacket Win at Rocky (Oct. 22, 2003)
BILLINGS, MT – Olivia Munro single-handedly made sure that the MSU Billings volleyball team ended its
ten-match losing streak Wednesday night, hammering down 30 kills in the
Yellowjackets’ 3-1 win over Rocky Mountain (26-30, 30-25, 30-21, 30-28).
The junior outside hitter from Toronto, Ontario becomes just the eleventh
player in Pacific West Conference history to record at least 30 kills in a
match. She was just one kill short of her
personal career-high which she recorded in a win over St. Cloud State at
the beginning of the 2002 season.
career-high 30 kills led the Jackets over cross-town rival Rocky
The Yellowjackets (4-16) had some tense moments early
in the match, finishing the first game with as many attack errors as they
had kills. After starting in the hole 1-0 and losing their 31st game in their last 33, Munro and Co. bounced back to take three straight
games and the match.
Setter Kari Jones (Jr.,
Hermiston, OR) showed that she is becoming more comfortable with running
the Yellowjacket offense, passing out 50 assists. It was her second match
of at least 50 assists this season including 52 in a five-game loss at
Western New Mexico last week. Jones also had three kills, nine digs and
three block assists against Rocky.
Jessica Bratton (Fr., Casper, WY) added 11 kills despite struggling at times with 12
attack errors. She has knocked down 51 kills in her last five matches.
Bratton also had eight digs and a solo block.
Dahlgren (Sr., Missoula, MT) and Cortney Metzler (Jr., Roundup, MT) combined for 11 kills and eight total blocks to give
the Yellowjackets a strong presence in the middle. Defensively Alberta Letoa (Fr., Laie, HI) led all players with 25 digs, her highest match total of
the year. Munro held her own on the defensive side as well, picking up 18
digs. Brittany Uffelman (Sr., Thermopolis, WY) added another 16 digs as the
Yellowjackets held the Bears (14-14) to just a .061 team hitting
The win puts an end to the Yellowjackets’ ten-match
losing streak that included six losses to nationally ranked teams. It
also completed the season sweep of Rocky, returning the favor to the Bears
who won both matches last year. MSUB is now 21-9 in the all-time series
The Yellowjackets will look for their first
conference win of the season next Friday when they host Chaminade on Halloween night.