By Bill Foley
Thursday night was one that the Butte Central volleyball team would just as soon forget.
The Dillon Beavers came out on fire and swept past the Maroons in the Southwestern A opener for both teams. Dillon won the first set 25-15 before completing the victory with wins of 25-21 and 25-18.
“We’ve got to move on,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “We’re going to leave that game where it is, in the past now. We’re going to move forward.”
Butte Central’s troubles actually began earlier in the week. Sophomore outside hitter Ella Moodry injured a hip Tuesday, and the Maroons learned Wednesday that they would be without their top hitter from the two preseason tournaments.
That Maroons worked hard to fill Moodry’s shoes, and Hancock said that might have been the team’s biggest problem.
“I think we were trying to do too much almost. I think we were overthinking a lot of things that we needed to do out there” the coach said. “A lot girls were thrown into positions that they never played before, but I think we could have handled it better than we did. We definitely could have played a lot better than I saw tonight.”
Hancock, though, also pointed to the play of the Beavers, who led almost the entire match.
“Early on, Dillon got going with it, got the momentum,” Hancock said. “I think we just tried to fall apart.”
Seniors Evy Hansen, Jordan Walker and Ainsley Shipman paced the Dillon attack. Hansen spiked a match-high 12 kills. Walker added 11 kills, and Shipman tallied nine.
On the match, the Beavers outkilled the Maroons 42-6.
Lauren Peterson contributed to the Dillon victory with 29 assists and 11 digs. Shipman and Emily Matamoros each collected 16 digs. Shipman also served five of Dillon’s nine aces.
Junior Brooke Badovinac paced BC at the net with nine kills. Senior Sofee Thatcher added four, and classmate Rileigh McGree spiked two.
Junior setter Mia Keeley dished up 18 assists, and Maycee Anderson led the BC backcourt with 15 digs. Thatcher dug 13, and Badovinac dug 10.
Senior Kinley Hamilton served three aces. Payton Hartwick, Mollie Drew and Brenna Foley also contributed for the Maroons, who head to Corvallis for a Southwestern A game on Saturday.
Hancock said she will find out Friday if Moodry will be part of the BC lineup. Moodry said she was confident that she would be.
“We’ll work on the rotation that we had going, and try to sharpen that up just in case,” Hancock said. “They played their hearts out tonight. We overdid it a little bit. We were overcompensated.”
Dillon def. Butte Central 25-14, 25-21, 25-18
BUTTE CENTRAL STATS — Kills 16 (Brooke Badovinac 9, Sofee Thatcher 4, Rileigh McGree 2, Kinley Hamilton 1). Assists 18 (Mia Keeley 18, Hamilton 1). Blocks 2 (McGree .5, Badovinac .5, Keeley .5, Thatcher .5). Aces 5 (Hamilton 3, Badovinac 2). Digs 50 (Maycee Anderson 15, Sofee Thatcher 13, Badovinac 10, Mollie Drew 3, Payton Hartwick 3, Keeley 3, Brenna Foley 1, McGree 1, Hamilton 1).