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November 9, 2012
Northwest Montana A Conference


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State A volleyball: Frenchtown, Laurel to collide


BOZEMAN – Frenchtown and Laurel shined brightest during the first day of the Class A volleyball state tournament Thursday at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

The Broncs downed Butte Central in the first round and earned a somewhat surprising 3-2 second-round win over a Lewistown team that knocked off No. 1-seeded Billings Central, which came into the tournament with a 26-5 record.

Laurel snagged a 3-2 opening-round win over Belgrade before taking out Corvallis, the only team to complete a sweep on Thursday. It is the first time in school history that the Locomotives have made it to the undefeated match.

Corvallis, the Southwestern A’s top seed, swept Columbia Falls in the first round.

Play resumes at 10 a.m. on Friday when Billings Central takes on Butte Central.

Lewistown def. Billings Central, 3-2

Mikaela Olson’s 24 digs and 18 kills led Lewistown to the 23-25, 19-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-11 first-round win over Billings Central.

Maddie Comes passed for 45 of the Golden Eagles’ 48 assists while Nicole Karhi finished with four blocks.

Baylee Hadley led the Rams (26-6) with 50 of the team’s 51 assists and Justyn Juhl finished with 19 kills.

Nicole Wildin netted five aces as Central held a 10-5 advantage in the category.

Frenchtown def. Butte Central, 3-1

Morgan Ray led Frenchtown to the 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14 win in the first round.

Ray tallied 20 kills as the Broncs held a 45-32 kill advantage. Vanessa Stavish added six blocks and Josie Anderson knocked in three aces for Frenchtown.

Mariah Cooney led the Maroons (11-7) with 13 kills, eight blocks and two aces. Butte Central’s Danee Leary matched Cooney with 13 kills.

Frenchtown def. Butte Central, 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14

Kills – Frenchtown 45 (Morgan Ray 20); Butte Central 32 (Mariah Cooney 13, Danee Leary 13). Aces – Frenchtown 7 (Josie Anderson 3); Butte Central 7 (Cooney 2, Danika Neumann 2). Assists – Frenchtown 34 (Haley Cyr 19); Butte Central 26 (Shannon McLaughlin 13). Blocks – Frenchtown 12 (Vanessa Stavish 6); Butte Central 17 (Cooney 8). Digs – Frenchtown 76 (Cyr 14, Jadon Ross 14); Butte Central n/a (Neumann 26, Leary 25).

Corvallis def. Columbia Falls, 3-0

Joanna Avery and Kelsey Irwin combined for 17 of Corvallis’ 33 kills in the Blue Devils’ 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 first-round sweep of Columbia Falls.

Avery had nine kills while Irwin added eight kills and three aces. Laura Berner finished with 17 digs, 10 assists and two blocks for Corvallis.

Haley Belgarde led the Wildkats (7-12) with 15 digs, eight kills and two aces. Hope Burlage added 15 kills for Columbia Falls.

Corvallis def. Columbia Falls 25-23, 25-18, 25-23

KILLS – Corvallis 33 (Joanna Avery 9, Kelsey Irwin 8), Columbia Falls 31 (Hope Burlage 15, Haley Belgrade 8). ASSISTS – Corvallis 29 (Alex Price 17, Laura Berner 10), Columbia Falls 31 (Alli Dierenfeld 20, Burlage 10). ACES – Corvallis 6 (Irwin 3), Columbia Falls 5 (Ciera Finberg 2, Burlage 2, Shaylene Fishel). DIGS – Corvallis 67 (Berner 17, Irwin 14), Columbia Falls n/a (Belgrade 15, Tiffany Hammer 14). BLOCKS – Corvallis 5 (Kelsey Raynal 2, Berner 2), Columbia Falls 4 (Finberg 3, Belgrade 2).

Laurel def. Belgrade, 3-2

Bailey Kennedy’s 31 digs and four aces led Laurel to the 17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 16-25, 17-15 win over Belgrade.

Callen Rosselot was the only player to reach double digits in kills as she finished with 10 for the Locomotives.

Jorden Porter and Kikki Wass each netted nine kills for the Panthers. Porter also had 16 assists.

Frenchtown def. Lewistown, 3-2

Ray led Frenchtown to the 16-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 15-10 win over Lewistown to advance to Friday’s unbeaten match against Laurel.

Ray racked up 19 kills, two blocks and an ace. Anderson added 28 assists while Jaden Ross came up with 22 digs for the Broncs (11-9).

Paige Zibek’s 21 kills led Lewistown while Mikaela Olson added 25 digs.

The Golden Eagles did not record a block, but held an 11-2 ace advantage led by Alyssa Yeager’s four.

Frenchtown def. Lewistown 16-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-25, 15-10

Kills – French 55 (Morgan Ray 19); Lew 50 (Paige Zibek 21). Aces – French 2 (Hailey Cyr, Ray); Lew 11 (Alyssa Yaeger 4). Assists – French 48 (Josie Anderson 28); Lew 44 (Maddie Lomes 41). Blocks – French 7 (Faith Baur 2, Ray 2); Lew 0. Digs – French 86 (Jaden Ross 22); Lew 87 (Mikaela Olson 25).

Laurel def. Corvallis, 3-1

Jayde LeFevre passed out 37 of Laurel’s 38 assists as the Locomotives earned a 25-27, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 win over Corvallis.

Amanda Taylor finished with 4.5 blocks and three aces while Callen Rosselot added 15 kills for Laurel.

Kelsey Irwin led the Blue Devils (13-6) with 17 kills and two aces. Alex Price finished with 20 of Corvallis’ 38 assists.

Laurel def. Corvallis 25-27, 25-19, 25-20, 25-17

Kills – Laurel 45 (Callen Rosselot 15); Corvallis 47 (Kelsey Irwin 17). Aces – Laurel 9 (Karishell Herden 3, Amanda Taylor 3); Corvallis 3 (Irwin 2). Assists – Laurel 38 (Jayde LeFevre 37); Corvallis 38 (Alex Price 20). Blocks – Laurel 18 (Taylor 4.5); Corvallis 3 (Joanna Avery 1). Digs – Laurel 173 (Bailey Kennedy 40); Corvallis 112 (Katie Patterson 34).


Class A volleyball: Laurel's run may be a surprise to others, but not Locos


BOZEMAN — Very little went to plan at the first day of the State A volleyball tournament at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Unless, of course, Frenchtown and Laurel were doing the planning. Those two teams, who weren't even seeded in the top two of their respective divisional tournaments last weekend, both won two matches on Thursday and reached the unbeaten semifinal.

"Well, I don't know whose plan it was, but we planned to be in the semifinals and the championship," said Laurel coach Jen Ebright, whose team was the No. 3 seed at last week's Eastern A. "When we started practice this week I said we're very capable of making it there. So it's not someone else's plan, but it's definitely been our plan."

The Locomotives started the day by beating Belgrade (23-2) in a taut five-setter, edging the Panthers, one of the pre-tournament favorites, 17-15, in the final set. Laurel finished the night by taking down Corvallis in four sets when the Locos recovered from a disappointing loss in the first set, one in which they led 23-18 only to fall 27-25.

But as they had all day, the Locomotives kept scrapping and won the next three sets, setting up Friday's 6 p.m. match against Frenchtown, which was the fourth seed at the Northwest A tournament.

"We worked really hard, we got our passes up, got our hits up," Laurel senior Amanda Taylor said. "I'm just glad we did it. We just worked our butts off and, oh, my god, it's the best feeling in the world."

Taylor had a combined 23 kills on the day, while Callen Rosselot led the Locos with 25 as they avoided loser-out play unlike their Eastern A counterpart Billings Central, thought by many to be another tournament favorite.

But while the Rams have to fight their way through Friday's play, the Locomotives know they've ensured themselves of at least third place and their first state volleyball trophy in school history.

"It came down to their heart and their desire to want to win and to play hard all the time," said Ebright, whose team was just 5-5 in league play this season.

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high-school/volleyball/class-a-volleyball-laurel-s-run-may-be-a-surprise/article_5f377516-2757-57db-9f5e-80c106549cf4.html#ixzz2BhhJe4MN


Class A volleyball: New-look Lewistown looking for same results

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BOZEMAN — Turns out the Lewistown Eagles aren't two-time defending State A volleyball champs in just name only.

Despite almost a complete turnover in their roster from a year ago, the Eagles are back at the state tournament. And making a push for another tournament trophy.

"Our main goal was just to get here and improve every week, because we are so young," Eagles coach Tara Taylor said following her team's 3-2 win over Billings Central on Thursday morning in the tournament's first round. "We just wanted to keep working hard, improving every weekend, and we did that.

"Then, once we got here, we still have that competitive mentality and, you know, we're just not satisfied being here, we want to compete."

They did that on Thursday. Down 2-0 to the Rams, Lewistown won the next three sets. Later in the day, the Eagles, who are the second seed out of the Central A, took Frenchtown, the Northwest A's top seed, to five sets before falling to the Broncs 15-10.

Only senior libero Alyssa Yaeger had any varsity experience for the Eagles when the season began. And she remains the only senior after outside hitter Taylor Jensen has been forced to miss the divisional and state tournaments because of a sternum injury.

But as the Eagles proved Thursday, the more things change at the Fergus County High School, the more they stay the same.

With two more wins Friday, the Eagles guarantee themselves at least third place, no matter the scarcity of experience.

"We are a new team, and people didn't think we'd get as far as we have," Yaeger said. "But we've proved them, in a sense, almost wrong. We might be young, but we're still up here to show people that we can play."

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high-school/volleyball/class-a-volleyball-new-look-lewistown-looking-for-same-results/article_df5943b6-da98-51a3-a451-99cd2702ce8c.html#ixzz2BhA3ikNg


BC spikers fall in four

BOZEMAN — Butte Central will have to do it the hard way at the Class A State volleyball tournament.

The Maroons (12-7) dropped their tournament opener today, falling 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14 to Frenchtown (10-9) at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Morgan Ray spiked 20 kills to pace the Broncs. Danee Leary and Mariah Cooney both tallied 13 spikes to lead BC. Cooney also racked up eight blocks.

Danika Neumann collected 26 digs. Leary hit the floor fro 25 digs.

The Maroons head to loser-out play of the double-elimination tournament. Butte Central will play Billings Central at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rams fell in five games to Lewistown this morning.

Check back for more on the Maroons.

Frenchtown def. Butte Central, 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14
 – French 45 (Morgan Ray 20); BC 32 (Mariah Cooney 13, Danee Leary 13). Aces – French 7 (Josie Anderson 3); BC 7 (Cooney 2, Danika Neumann 2). Assists – French 34 (Haley Cyr 19); BC 26 (Shannon McLaughlin 13). Blocks – French 12 (Vanessa Stavish 6); BC 17 (Cooney 8). Digs – French 76 (Cyr 14, Jadon Ross 14); BC Neumann 26, Leary 25).

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