Butte High players rake in volleyball honors

Butte High players rake in volleyball honors
From left, Butte High players Kennadie McMahon, Brooke McGrath, Ashley Olson and Mollee Conlan are shown in these Butte Sports file photos.

Butte High players rake in volleyball honors

Butte High’s late-season run to the Class AA State volleyball tournament helped garner some postseason honors.

Four Bulldog seniors received recognition as the all-conference and All-State teams were released Monday, two days after Great Falls Russell completed a perfect season with a state title.

Ashley Olson led the way for the Bulldogs. She took in first-team all-conference honors to go along with a second-team All-State honor.

Brooke McGrath took home a second-team all-conference nod, and Mollee Conlan and Kennadie McMahon each received an all-conference honorable mention.

The 6-foot-3 Olson got the nod at middle blocker after finishing the regular season ranked No. 8 in attacking percentage.

McGrath made the team as an outside hitter. In addition to a powerful right arm, McGrath ranked eighth in aces per assist. The 5-10 Conlan took the honor at middle blocker after ranking No. 2 in blocks per set.

McMahon made the team as an outside hitter. She was the only one of the four who was not ranked in a statistic category. Butte High coach Shane Jorgensen, though, said she does so much that cannot be measured.

“She’s the first one there, last one to leave,” Jorgensen said. “She’s setting up nets and taking them down. She goes above and beyond. The other three, they speak for themselves on the court.”

Jorgensen said he would have liked to see more players honored from his team, but he emphasized that he is extremely happy for the four who did receive awards.

“I don’t know the last time we had this many girls get postseason awards,” the coach said. “It’s pretty darn exciting.”

Sidney Gulick of Kalispell Glacier was named Western AA Player of the Year. CMR’s Tennisen Hiller took home the honor for the Eastern AA.

Click here to see all the honorees.

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