Updated: September 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm
Butte Central senior libero Cassidy McGree looks up after making a diving dig Tuesday night at the Maroon Activities Center. (Bill Foley photos)
For the first two games Tuesday night, the Butte Central volleyball team was definitely worth the wait.
Games 3 and 4, though, weren’t exactly memorable as Park High from Livingston topped Butte Central 24-26, 26-24, 25-18, 25-19 in a non-conference match at the Maroon Activities Center.
“I’m pleased with the play in the first two games. In the third game we lost focus, I think,” BC coach Kaila Minehan said. “We stopped being aggressive offensively and defensively.”
After the match started just over an hour late because the junior varsity match went five games, the Maroons overcame a 24-22 deficit to win the first game.
BC climbed out of a 21-17 hole in the second game and tied it at 24 before falling to tie the match at 1.
After that, it was all Livingston, and Minehan said it wasn’t even a fun match to watch.
“It was kind of boring tonight,” the coach said. “I hate boring volleyball. It was boring back when I played because the rules were a lot different.”
It was boring for BC fans because the defense-first Maroons struggled putting the ball away on offense.
“We never got clicking on offense tonight,” Minehan said. “You can see that in the stats. We got half the kills they did.”
Lindzi Printz tallied 13 kills to lead the Rangers, who out killed BC 51-27. Andrea Fairchild reached double digits in kills with 10, while Printz and Bryn Greenwood each served four aces.
“We’re still inconsistent,” Minehan said. “We’ve got a lot of sophomores on the floor. Our quarterback (freshman setter Emily St. John) is a freshman. We’re going to make a lot of young mistakes.
“The things we can always control is our emotions and staying intense on the floor,” Minehan added. “For the first two games they did that. Then they just kind of sat back and let Park dictate the momentum of the game.”
Sophomore Lacey McGree and senior Sadie Harrington paced the Maroons with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Harrington added six blocks, while McGree blocked four.
St. John handed out 25 assists for the Maroons., while Shawnee Hjelt (18) and Cassidy McGree (17) combined for 35 digs to lead the BC backcourt.
Hjelt, Erin Antonioli , Cassidy McGree and Ashley Marthaller each served an ace for BC, which opens its Southwestern A slate at Dillon on Thursday.
The Maroons will then play at an Anaconda tournament on Saturday.
Despite the loss, Minehan said she is still upbeat about the prospects for her team, which is coming off its first state tournament appearance in school history.
“We’re going to get there,” Minehan said. “It’s early. I’m expecting a lot of growth on this team.”
Livingston def. Butte Central 24-26, 26-24, 25-18, 25-19
Kills — Livingston 51 (Lindzi Printz 13, Andrea Fairchild 10), BC 27 (Lacey McGree 10, Sadie Harrington 9). Assists — Livingston 40 (Shayla Pryor 23), BC 25 (Emily St. John 25). Blocks — Livingston 6 (Meado Ingram 2), BC 11 (Harrington 6, Lacey McGree 4). Aces — Livingston 12 (Printz 4, Bryn Greenwood 4), BC 4 (Shawnee Hjelt 1, Erin Antonioli 1, Cassidy McGree 1, Ashley Marthaller 1). Digs — Livingston 71 (Tegan Lane 23, Megan Hawkins 20), BC 73 (Hjelt 18, Cassidy McGree 17).
BC’s Sadie Harrington gets a shot past Livingston’s Bryn Greenwood.
Central’s Shawnee Hjelt celebrates a BC point.
Butte Central’s Erin McGeehan at the service line.
Teresa Piazzola awaits a Livingston serve.
BC’s Lacey McGree battles at the net with Lindzi Printz.