Billings Skyview sweeps past inconsistent Bulldogs

Butte High’s volleyball was taken down by an all-too-familiar foe Friday night at the Richardson Gym.

Once again it was inconsistency that cost the Bulldogs in a 25-16, 25-16, 25-16 Eastern AA loss to Billings Skyview.

Like they have all season, the Bulldogs looked like they could play with any team in the state for spurts. Like they have almost every match this season, the Bulldogs allowed long runs by opponents, costing the team a chance at victory.

“The only consistency we have is not being consistent,” Butte High coach Dale Burgman said. “I’m just frustrated.”

Butte High and Skyview, who both wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, were tied at 10 in the first set before the Falcons pulled away. The Bulldogs led 10-4 in the second set.

Then Makalya Herman took the serve and led the Falcons to a big run.

“The libero served night straight points,” Burgman said.

Molly Little and Ashley Pomroy each smacked eight kills to lead a balanced Skyview attack. Jacey Reiter added three stuff blocks, while Herman registered 15 digs and three aces.

Abby Dodge and Mikayla McGivern each spiked five kills to lead the Bulldogs, who saw nine players hit at least one spike. Amanda Pickle spiked three to go along with four digs, and McKenna Dahlman killed three.

Libero Hannah Amtmann collected 28 digs, and Erika Spear dished up 13 assists for the Bulldogs.

Burgman praised the play of Amtmann, who has to lead the state in floor burns.

“She worked to be where she is,” Burgman said of Amtmann, who is destined to play volleyball at the college level. “That’s not all ability, that’s a lot of work. She goes to camp, she busts her (butt) at practice.”

Jenna Maroney added nine digs for the Bulldogs.

Butte High is back in action at 3 p.m. Saturday when the Bulldogs play host to Billings West.

The Bulldogs will honor seniors Amtmann, Spear, Dahlman, McGivern and Paige Powers on Senior Day.

Billings Skyview def. Butte High 25-16, 25-16, 25-16
Billings Senior (6-3, 13-12)
— Kills: 32 (Molly Little 8, Ashley Pomroy 8). Assists: 28 (Ashley Jones 27). Blocks: 4 (Jacey Reiter 3, Briana Gase 2). Aces: 9 (Makayla Herman 3, Jones 3). Digs: 43 (Herman 15, Kailey Thompson 13).
Butte High (1-9, 2-14) — Kills 23 (Mikayla McGivern 4, Abby Dodge 4, Amanda Pickle 4, Alissa Bernhardt 2, Hannah Amtmann 1, Paige Powers 1, Kaity McGruder 1, Jenna Maroney 1). Assists: 21 (Erika Spear 13, Powers 3, Sam Krzan 2, Amtmann 1). Blocks: 8 (McGiver 3.5, Dodge 3, McGruder 1, McKenna Dahlman .5). Aces: 3 (Pickle 2, Spear 1). Digs: 56 (Amtmann 28, Maroney 9, Pickle 8, Dodge 5, Powers 2, Powers 1, McGivern 1, McGruder 1, Katlyn O’Brien 1).

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