Beavers turn deficits into sweep of Maroons

Beavers turn deficits into sweep of Maroons
Butte Central’s Kassidy Criscuolo tries to hit past the block of Dillon’s Brynley Fitzgerald Thursday night at the Maroon Activities Center. Dillon’s Nicole Hritsco looks on. (Bill Foley photo)

By Bill Foley

A little momentum can go a long way in volleyball.

That was definitely the case Thursday night at the Maroon Activities Center as the Dillon Beavers rode the momentum train to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 Southwestern A victory over Butte Central.

“You’ve got to take advantage of even the small little momentum shifts and capitalize on those,” Dillon coach Angela Racicot said. “The girls did a really good job of that tonight.”

The match saw the Beavers overcome a 10-6 deficit in the first game. That turned out to be nothing after the Beavers found themselves down 11-1 and 17-7 before pulling out the seven-point victory.

Racicot couldn’t explain Dillon’s 18-1 run to close out the second set.

“I’m not quite sure (what happened) because you can’t really coach that,” she said. “The mental toughness that we have this year and just the pure competitiveness is something that we have been looking for the last couple of years.”

Kylie Christensen served for 13 straight points during that run.

“Hand it to Dillon, they came out to play,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “ We played a great team tonight and they out played us. Defensively we were there tonight. Offensively, we were there. Our hitters struggled a lot tonight.”

The Dillon front line of Brynley Fitzgerald, Bailey Berriochoa, Nicole Hritsco and Paige Rouse contributed to BC’s hitting woes.

“Dillon had that block up, and they were shutting our hitters down,” Hancock said. “Our hitters got frustrated, and we were letting the ball drop. Dillon kind of just took control of us and rolled with it, and we just couldn’t get out of that funk.

“I feel like we were getting things up,” Hancock said. “We just weren’t putting the ball away tonight. We’ve got to learn to hit around that block.”

Fitzgerald tallied 10 kills to lead the Dillon attack. Christiansen (15 digs) and Maggie Magee (14) led the Dillon backcourt as Bailey Berriochoa dished out 12 assists.

Racicot said her team was clicking Thursday, and that was evident with their overwhelming play.

“Going into the season we knew athleticism-wise that we’re pretty solid at all the positions,” Racicot said. “It’s just getting them to jell together. They all just have that competitiveness and don’t like to lose.”

Corbyn Holm’s eight kills led BC, which got six kills form Mollie Peoples and five from Taylor Wahl. Emily St. John dished 18 assists.

Hancock said she knows she will see better nights from her team as the season goes on.

“The last two weeks we’ve been playing really well,” Hancock said. “Tonight, I don’t know if it was first game jitters or what was going on. We didn’t come ready to play.”

The Maroons, who won the Windy City Classic last week in Livingston, are back in action Saturday when they head back to Livingston to take on the Rangers.

The Beavers will play host to Hamilton on Saturday.

Dillon def. Butte Central 25-15, 25-18, 25-17
KILLS — Dillon 23 (Brynley Fitzgerald 10, Nicole Hritsco 5, Kylie Christiansen 3, Bailey Berriochoa 3, Paige Rouse 2), BC 25 (Corbyn Holm 8, Mollie Peoples 6, Taylor Wahl 5, Samantha Burton 2, Olivia Bolton 2, Kassidy Criscuolo 2). ASSISTS — Dillon 14 (Berriochoa 12, Maggie Magee 1, Baylee Bair 1), BC 20 (Emily St. John 18, Peoples 1, Zoe Sullivan 1). BLOCKS — Dillon 9.5 (Hritsco Hritsco 5, Berriochoa 3, Fitzgerald 3, Rouse 2, Christiansen 2, Bair 2), BC 2 (Bolton 1, Peoples 1). ACES — Dillon 7 (Magee 3, Fitgerald 2, Christensen 1, Rouse 1), BC 3 (Wahl 2, Criscuolo 1). DIGS — Dillon 54 (Christiansen 15, Magee 14, Bair 9, Berriochoa 8, Fitzgerald 7, Rouse 1), BC n/a.

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