BC volleyball takes fourth, books trip to divisionals

BC volleyball takes fourth, books trip to divisionals

DILLON — The Butte Central volleyball team punched its ticket to the Western A Divisional tournament Saturday at the B.W. Lodge Gymnasium.

With their season on the line, the Maroons aced Hamilton Saturday afternoon before dropping a five-set thriller to Dillon in the third-place match of the Southwestern A District tournament.

The top fourth teams move on to next week’s tournament in Whitefish.

The Maroons served 15 aces as they cruised past Hamilton 25-18, 25-11, 25-6 in a loser-out match. Marissa Anderson served six perfectos, while Sophia Burton served four, and Allyson Mueller and Avery Kelly each served two.

Anderson also joined Cassidy Strizic with a team-best six kills. Mueller and Kelly killed four.

Emma Keeley dished out 21 assists in the win, while Strizic (13) and Burton (10) reached double figures in digs. Kelly, Keeley and Anderson dug seven.

Strizic spiked 14 kills to lead the Maroons in their 14-25, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18, 15-12 loss to the Beavers. Mueller killed seven.

Burton collected 21 digs in the loss, while Strizic and Keeley, who dished out 29 assists, each dug 17. Kelly dug 10.

Strizic served five of BC’s 12 aces. Mueller served three and Anderson got of two.

Butte Central coach Becky Hancock said her team looked great against the Broncs.

“Even in the first two games against Dillon we looked good, and then we lost focus,” she said. “Momentum in volleyball can switch so quickly. Dillon grabbed some in the third game and, and there was no looking back for them. We didn’t finish, and we simply got outplayed.”

The divisional tournament begins Thursday.

Butte Central def. Hamilton 25-18, 25-11, 25-6
— Kills 22 (Cassidy Strizic 6, Marissa Anderson 6, Allyson Mueller 4, Avery Kelly 4, Amira Bolton 2). Assists 21 (Emma Keeley 21). Blocks 2 (Mueller 2). Aces 15 (Anderson 6, Sophia Burton 4, Mueller 2, Kelly 2, Keeley 1). Digs 46 (Strizic 13, Burton 10, Kelly 7, Keeley 7, Anderson 7, Sophie Sullivan 1, Bolton 1).

Dillon def. Butte Central 14-25, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18, 15-12
— Kills 31 (Strizic 14, Mueller 7, Kelly 5, Bolton 4, Anderson 1). Assists 29 (Kelley 29). Blocks 5 (Anderson 2, Bolton 1.5, Mueller 1, Kelly .5). Aces 12 (Strizic 5, Mueller 3, Anderson 2, Burton 1, Keeley 1). Digs 71 (Burton 21, Strizic 17, Keeley 17, Kelly 10, Anderson 2, Sullivan 2, Mueller 1, Bolton 1).

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