BC spikers take court with high expectations

Everyone was a winner, and everyone was a loser Saturday morning as the Butte Central volleyball team held its annual Maroon-White scrimmage at the Maroon Activities Center.

Instead of pitting the varsity against the junior varsity like in years past, the BC players continuously rotated between teams during a two-game match.

For the record, the visitors on the scoreboard won the first game 27-25 before the home won the second game 15-11. The score, though, didn’t matter to first-year head coach Becky Hancock. What mattered was that the coach got a good look at a team that has a mixture of strong talent, youth and experience.

“It was just play, play, play so I could get a look at them,” Hancock said. “It was kind of fun to see that. We worked a lot on fundamentals, and we drilled that into them. Yesterday we started to finally put that together. Today they started off slow, but they picked it up at the end.”

The Maroons have three seniors on the team in Kara Criscuolo, Ashley Marthaller and Erin McGeehan.

The roster includes 12 juniors, and a handful have at least a year of varsity time under their belt. That list includes Shawnee Hjelt, Lacey McGree, Teresa Piazzola and Sierra Pica, who were key contributors a year ago.

Other juniors who could be contributors are Aidan Dennehy, McKenzie Gallagher, Sarah Drew, Ali Guldseth, Whitney McGree, Kate Ossello, Ryan Trudnowski and Kellsie Quinn.

The group of nine sophomores includes Mollie Peoples and setter Emily St. John. They, too, have a ton of varsity time.

“We’re young, but at the same time they have that varsity experience,” Hancock said. “I’m expecting a lot from the them. I have pretty high expectations for this group of girls.”

BC’s roster also includes 13 freshman, and Hancock said she hasn’t decided the varsity roster just yet.  She has some time because the Maroons won’t hit the court for real until they play in Frenchtown’s tipoff tournament in two weeks.

“The girls have been working really hard, and I’m excited about that,” Hancock said. “I’m excited to get started and get a fresh look of how we look against other team. I have a good two weeks to work on some things.”

Hancock, a former Montana Tech standout, takes over as head coach after eight years as an assistant for Kaila Minehan at BC. Minehan stepped down after 10 years at the end of last season.

The new coach said she’s happy with the team she inherited.

“There’s a lot I threw at them this week, and they’re working hard,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group to start my first year as a head coach off with.”



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