TRACK AND FIELD
TRACK AND FIELD
NWMT 'A' LINKS
THURS., 09-06 VBALL RESULTS/STANDINGS
September 7, 2012Northwest Montana A Conference
WHITEFISH 3 COL FALLS 0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-8)
POLSON 3 STEVI 1 (25-19, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21)
BUTTE CENTRAL 3 DILLON 0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-23)
BELGRADE 3 PARK 0
HARDIN 3 SIDNEY 0
Whitefish def. Columbia Falls, 3-0
At Columbia Falls, Baylee Tveidt had 10 kills and 10 digs as the Bulldogs claimed the 25-21, 26-24, 25-8 Northwestern A sweep.
Bekah Weaver dished out 20 assists and Emily Sullivan had nine kills, nine digs and two aces for Whitefish (2-0, 3-1).
Hope Burlage had five kills for the Wildkats (1-1, 1-3).
Whitefish def. Columbia Falls 25-21. 26-24, 25-8
Kills – Whitefish 31 (Baylee Tveidt 10), Columbia Falls 14 (Hope Burlage 5). Blocks – Whitefish 2 (unavailable), Columbia Falls 2 (unavailable). Digs – Whitefish 33 (Tveidt 10), Columbia Falls 37 (Tiffany Hummer 9). Assists – Whitefish 21 (Bekah Weaver 20), Columbia Falls 12 (Alli Dierenfield 10). Aces – Whitefish 6 (Emily Sullivan 2, Kelsey McFadden 2), Columbia Falls 3 (unavailable).
Polson def. Stevensville, 3-1
At Polson, Heidi Rausch registered 16 kills and 17 digs in leading the Northwestern A Pirates to a 25-19, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21 defeat of Southwestern A Stevensville.
Shalaina Duford had 43 assists and three aces for Polson and Chloie Huerta added four aces.
Kyla Paulson had 11 kills for the Yellowjackets.
Polson def. Stevensville, 25-19, 25-23, 26-28, 25-21.
Kills – Stevensville 33 (Kyla Paulson 11), Polson 53 (Heidi Rausch 16). Blocks – Stevensville 7 (Mackenzie Zimmerman 4), Polson 3 (unavailable). Digs – Stevensville 29 (Carly Vercruyssen 17), Polson 72 (Rasch 17). Assists – Stevensville 24 (Trawln Gardner 15), Polson 45 (Shalaina Duford 43). Aces – Stevensville 7 (Gardner 4), Polson 11 (Chloie Huerta 4).
Maroons serve up win
Updated: September 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm
Shannon McLaughlin has a license to pick on people.
The Butte Central senior is an all-out bully when she steps behind the serving line on the volleyball court.
“I don’t usually get hit the ball at people,” McLaughlin, a setter, said Thursday after the Maroons completed a hard-fought 27-25, 25-21, 25-23 Southwestern A sweep of Dillon at the Maroon Activities Center. “When I get to serve I get to hit them in the face. I aim at people or in between people. I see who’s struggling, and if somebody keeps struggling I keep hitting it at them. I pick on people.”
McLaughlin’s picking came at the right time Thursday. She served eight aces, including five straight to close out the second game.
“I’ve did six in a row in Stevensville last year, so I didn’t get the record,” McLaughlin said with a laugh. “It’s a lot of fun when you have everybody playing behind you. That was a really intense game, so it was easy to get fired up.”
BC coach Kaila Minehan said McLaughlin’s teammates don’t like facing her serve in practice.
“It’s never the same serve. Every time she hits it it’s different. It’s so unpredictable,” the coach said. “She’s been on fire this season. She’s fun to watch, and we needed that. It was back and forth.”
The Beavers (0-2) led each game after 20 points, and each game felt like it could have gone either way.
After Dillon served on game point in the first, the Maroons rolled of three straight points to win. Mariah Cooney, BC’s 6-foot-1 senior middle blocker, ended the game with a stuff block.
An ace by senior Danika Neuman and a spike by Cooney highlighted BC’s run to win Game 3 after the Beavers led 21-10.
“It was really big because we have all those freshman out there,” McLaughlin said of the win.
Freshmen Lacey McGree, Sierra Pica, Teresa Piazzola and Shawnee Hjelt all made their varsity debut Thursday night.
“All four of them got to play, and it was big for them to come out and play as well as they did,” McLaughlin said. “They didn’t look like freshman out there at all.”
Minehan agreed with McLaughlin’s assessment.
“Especially with Theresa on the outside, she doesn’t hit like a freshman,” Minehan said. “All of their learning curve is stand up. Pica didn’t play any volleyball before two-a-days, which is pretty amazing.”
Minehan credited Cooney, Neuman, McLaughlin and fellow seniors Danee Leary and Taylor Marthaller for mentoring the young Maroons.
“They’re kind of leading the way, pulling them along,” she said.
Cooney, who notched four blocks and served three aces, smacked nine kills to lead the Maroons. Leary killed six, while McLaughlin (12) and Marthaller (six) combined for 18 assists.
Leary and junior Sadie Harrington helped lead BC’s tough net defense, each notching a pair of blocks. Neumann collected 13 Digs, while junior Cassidy McGree dug eight.
Minehan said serve receive was key for the Maroons.
“That’s helpful when you can start each play out with a good pass,” she said.
Courtney Linder (10 kills) and Josee Pendleton (eight) led Dillon’s attack. Jacki Richardson’s set the table with 28 assists, and Tyaran Judge (14) and Kacee Williams (12) reached double digits in digs.
The Maroons (1-0) are off until next Thursday when they head to Anaconda to take on the Copperheads.
Butte Central def. Dillon 27-25, 25-21, 25-23
Hardin def. Sidney
25-13, 25-12, 27-25
Hardin -- Kills: 14 (Anna Old Crow 5, Hannah Ware 5). Digs: 51 (Landa Uffelman 20). Assists: 12 (Joice Chavez 10). Blocks: 5 (Old Crow 2). Aces: 5 (Shayna Uffelman 5).
Sidney -- Kills: 26. Digs: 45. Assists: 16. Blocks: 1. Aces: 6.
Belgrade def. Livingston
25-14, 25-16, 25-19
Belgrade (3-0, 4-0) -- Kills: 35 (Taylor Woolman 8). Digs: 58 (Dylan Fowler 25). Assists: 21 (Ali Weisz 12). Blocks: 6 (Woolman 5). Aces: 7 (Jordan Porter 4).
Livingston (2-1, 2-1) -- Kills: 18 (Macy Ricketts 5). Digs: 48 (Tegan Lane 13). Assists: 16 (Shayla Pryor 16). Blocks: 3 (Courtney Njardvik 2). Aces: 1 (Lane).