Blue Devils hand Maroon spikers first regular-season loss

CORVALLIS — Butte Central’s volleyball season is perfect no more.

The Corvallis Blue Devils overcame a 2-0 hole to beat the Maroons in five sets in a Southwestern A match Thursday night. The loss prevented the Maroons from clinching the conference regular-season crown.

BC won the first two sets 25-23, 25-13 before the Blue Devils stormed back to take the match 25-18, 25-20, 15-10. Butte Central fell to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

“We started off great tonight, taking two sets from Corvallis right off the bat,” Butte Central coach Becky Hancock said. “But I felt we let our guard down after those sets, and Corvallis took advantage. I never felt we gave up, but we struggled with Corvallis’s tough serving and hitting.”

Hannah Capko pounded 21 kills, and Taia Tulley collected 30 digs to lead the Blue Devils, who salvaged a split on the season series.

Teresa Piazzola’s 11 kills and 16 digs paced the Maroons. Emily St. John, who dished out 22 assists and tallied 16 digs, and Sierra Pica each smacked eight kills, while Ryan Trudnowski added five digs and four blocks.

Mollie Peoples led BC with 23 digs. Corbyn Holm collected 13.

“We fought, but just never got any momentum going on those last three sets,” Hancock said. “Corvallis out played us tonight. Tough game to lose, but it’s over and done with. All we can do now is focus in on what we need to do to finish out the season strong and on top.”

The Maroons are back in action Saturday when they take on old rival Anaconda in a 4 p.m. non-conference match at the Maroon Activities Center.

Corvallis def. Butte Central 23-25, 13-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-10
Kills – BC 41 1 (Teresa Piazzola 11, Emily St. John 8, Sierra Pica 8, Corbyn Holm 5, Ryan Trudnowski 5, Lacey McGree 4), Corvallis 55 (Hannah Capko 21). Blocks – Central (Trudnowski 4, McGree 1), Corvallis 6 (Three with 2). Digs – Central 89 (Mollie Peoples 23, St. John 16, Piazzola 16, Holm 13, Wahl 8, Pica 5, Shawnee Hjelt 4, Gallagher 3, McGree 1), Corvallis 107 (Taia Tully 30). Assists – Central 22 (Emily St. John 22), Corvallis 43 (Holly Wilson 36). Aces – Central 10 (St. John 3, Holm 3, McKenzie Gallagher 2, Piazzola 1, Taylor Wahl 1), Corvallis 8 (Wilson 3).

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