Butte Central goes 3-1 on Day 1 of tourney

Butte Central goes 3-1 on Day 1 of tourney
Butte Central's Cassidy Strizic hits the ball past the block of Ronan's Madeline McCrea, left, and Hannah Rowe Friday afternoon at the Butte Civic Center. (Bill Foley photo)

Butte Central’s volleyball team went 3-1 on the first day of the Southwestern/Northwestern Volleyball Tipoff Tournament at the Butte Civic Center.

The Maroons swept past Polson and Ronan before falling in two sets to Columbia Falls. BC bounced back to beat Whitefish in the night cap. All matches were limited to two sets. (Scores; Standings)

“We started off slow today, it took us awhile to work through the kinks and first-game jitters, but we started to come around towards the end,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “It was definitely a little bit of a roller coaster throughout the day. I felt if one thing was on another part of our game was off. So it’s just about working on that consistency and chemistry, which is going to take time.”

Cassidy Strizic had a big day for the Maroons, reaching double digits in kills and digs on the day. She led BC with 19 kills to go along with 11 digs. She was joined in double figures killing by Marissa Anderson, who spiked 12.

Avery Kelly added eight kills and six and a half blocks, and Amira Bolton killed eight and blocked two.

Libero Sophia Burton registered 39 digs. Maci Reopelle collected 15 digs. Also, Emma Keeley dug up nine, while Anderson and Breann Williamson each added eight and Sophie Sullivan had seven.

Butte Central will play two matches to wrap up pool play on Saturday. The Maroons take on Libby at 9 a.m. before facing Browning at 11 a.m.

“Overall, I like what I was seeing,” Hancock said. “The potential is there, we just need to start piecing it all together.”

Butte Central def. Polson 25-22, 25-23
Butte Central def. Ronan 25-21, 25-16
Columbia Falls def. Butte Central 25-11, 25-15
Butte Central def. Whitefish 25-23, 25-21
— Kills 55 (Cassidy Strizic 19, Marissa Anderson12, Avery Kelly 8, Amira Bolton 8, Makala Doherty 5 Mati McGree 2, Breann Williamson 1). Assists 55 (Emma Keeley 28, Maci Reopelle 24, Strizic 1, Tess Riordaan 1, McGre 1). Blocks 10 (Kelly 6.5, Bolton 2, Doherty 1, Andersson .5). Aces 18 (Sophia Burton 4, Bolton 4, Anderson 3, Reopelle 3, Keeley 2, Strizic 2). Digs 112 (Burton 39, Roepelle 15 Strizic 11, Keeley 9, Anderson 8, Williamson 8, Sophie Sullivan 7, Bolton 5, McGree 3, Riordan, Doherty 1).

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