Billings Senior sweeps past Bulldogs

Billings Senior flexed its volleyball muscle Saturday at the Richardson Gym.

The defending Class AA State champion Broncs swept Butte High 25-15, 25-11, 25-10 in an Eastern AA match.

“Boy they’re tough at the net,” Butte High coach Dale Burgman said. “They don’t make any mistakes. You have to earn everything you get, and nobody in the state serves better than them.”

You could get the sense that the Bulldogs were in trouble when they played a fairly solid first match and still lost by 15 points.

The Broncs never trailed until the third set. The Bulldogs built a 9-5 lead, forcing a senior timeout.

Senior, though, closed out the match with a 20-1 run.

“At the end, ouch, we just couldn’t get a pass,” Burgman said. “That last game hurts.”

The hard-hitting Broncs made everything look like it hurts.

Aubrie Steiner pounded 12 kills to lead the way as the Broncs out killed Butte High 30-14. Shayanne Gilcrist added eight kills. Steiner and Gilcrist also served five aces apiece.

Abby Dodge had some big hits and tallied five kills to lead the Bulldog attack. Amanda Pickle chipped win with four kills.

Erika Spear handed out 10 assists for Butte High while libero Hannah Amtmann made yet another strong case for a college scholarship with a team-leading 18 digs.

“We had our moments,” Burgman said.

Senior’s best moment came during pregame introductions. Each member of the Senior team handed a flower to Burgman, who lost his son, Kyle, in a car crash last month.

“It was very touching,” Burgman said.

Billings Senior's Aubrie Steiner hands a flower to Butte High coach Dale Burgman during pregame introductions.

Billings Senior’s Aubrie Steiner hands a flower to Butte High coach Dale Burgman during pregame introductions.

Butte High fell to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in conference. Senior improved to 12-2 and 2-0.

The Bulldogs are back in action Tuesday when they travel to Great Falls Russell.

Billings Senior def. Butte High 25-15, 25-11, 25-10
KILLS — Senior 30 (Aubrie Steiner 12, Shyanne Gilcrist 8), Butte 14 (Abby Dodge 5, Amanda Pickle 4, Mikayla McGivern 2, McKenna Dahlman 1). ASSISTS — Senior 27 (Jeanann Lemelin 16, Courtney Bad Bear 10), Butte 13 (Erika Spear 10, Sam Krzan 2, Hannah Amtmann 1). BLOCKS — Senior 12 (Steiner 6, Bad Bear 5), Butte 2 (McGivern 2). ACES — Senior 11 (Steiner 5, Gilcrist 5), Butte 5 (Krzan 2, Amtmann 1, Dodge 1, Pickle 1). DIGS — Senior 63 (Briley Rowe 22, Gilcrist 12, Lemelin 10), Butte 40 (Amtmann 18, Pickle 8, Dodge 6, Krzan 4, Spear 1, Dahlman 1, Kaity McGruder 1, Alyssa Bernhardt 1).

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