Corvallis, C-Falls, Whitefish, Libby win openers

Corvallis, Columbia Falls, Whitefish and Libby won first-round matches Thursday at the Western A Divisional volleyball tournament at the Maroon Activities Center.

Those four teams move on to the second-round tonight. Corvallis plays Columbia Falls in a match schedule for 6 p.m. Whitefish and Libby meet at 8. (Bracket)

Polson, Hamilton, Stevensville and Frenchtown move on to Friday’s loser-out matches. Polson plays Hamilton at 10 a.m., while Frenchtown meets Stevensville at noon.

The top four teams in the tournament move on to the Class A State tournament next weekend in Bozeman.

Corvallis 3, Polson 0
Hannah Hutchison’s 13 kills led the way as Corvallis, the No. 1 team from the Southwestern A, rolled to the 25-13, 25-9, 25-14 first-round victory.

Maureen Jessop added nine kills for the Blue Devils, who out killed Polson 39-11. Jessop, who served three aces, also led the team with eight digs. Ashley Hornaday served six aces.

Kaelyn Smith’s four kills paced Polson. Laurel Bitterman added 11 assists and two aces.

Corvallis def. Polson 25-13, 25-9, 25-14
POLSON
— Kills: 11 (Kaeylyn Smith 4, Olivica Perez 3). Assist: 11 (Laurel Bitterman 11). Blocks: 4. Aces: 2 (Bitterman 2). Digs: 30 (Kyler Lundeen 15, Smith 5).
CORVALLIS — Kills: 39 (Hannah Hutchison 13, Maureen Jessop 9). Assists: 38 (Kate Hurlburt 34). Blocks: 2. Aces: 12 (Ashley Hornaday 6, Jessop 3). Digs: 42 (Jessop 8, Casey Fison 8).

Columbia Falls 3, Hamilton 1
Trista Cowan’s 17 kills and 13 assists led the way as C-Falls picked off Hamilton 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22.

Ryley Kehr added 48 kills in the victory, while Angellica Street collected 37 digs.

Hayley Hudgins and Tristy Searle each spiked 11 kills to pace Hamilton.

Columbia Falls def. Hamilton 25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22
HAMILTON
— Kills: 47 (Hayley Hudgins 11, Tristy Searle 11). Assists: 34 (Caitlin Dillon 29). Blocks: 5 (Royal Beyer 2). Aces: 9 (Dillon 3, Hudgins 3). Digs: 75 (Dillon 21).
COLUMBIA FALLS — Kills: 48 (Trista Cowan 17, Ryley Kehr 14). Assiss: 38 (Hannah Schweikert 37). Blocks: 9 )Kiera Brown 4, Kehr 2). Aces: 10 (Schweikert 4, Stella Bistodeau 3). Digs: 101 (Angellica Street 37, Schweikert 13, Cowan 13).

Whitefish 3, Stevensville 2
Cailyn Ross had a monster match to lead Whitefish to the five-set victory. The scores were 25-1, 24-26, 21-25, 25-16, 16-14.

Ross tallied 26 kills, three blocks and five aces to lead the Bulldogs. Lauren Schulz added nine kills and 18 digs, while Becca Catina dished up 35 assists.

Angel Richards led the Yellowjackets with 19 kills and six and a half blocks. Also, Quinn Larson tallied 43 assists, while Mikayla Hall collected 18 digs.

Whitefish def. Stevensville 25-19, 24-26, 21-25, 25-16, 16-14
STEVENSVILLE
— Kills: 52 (Angel Richards 19). Assists: 43 (Quinn Larson n/a). Blocks: 12.5 (Richards 6.5). Aces: 10 (Prestley Robinson 3).
WHITEFISH — Kills 55 (Cailyn Ross 26, Lauren Schulz 9). Assists 53 (Becca Catina 35, Schulz 16). Blocks: 9 (Marlee Bender 4, Ross 3). Aces: 8 (Ross 5). Digs: 86 9Schulz 18, Jasmine Matern 17).

Libby 3, Frenchtown 0
Jayden Winslow and Brooklyn Rainer combined for 21 of Libby’s 35 kills as the Loggers won 25-20, 25-21, 25-13.

Winslow tallied 11 kills to go along with 15 digs. Alli Collins added 32 assists, and Emily Mossburg posted five blocks.

Alivia Williams and Emili Hinrichs each tallied 12 kills to lead Frenchtown.

Libby def. Frenchtown 25-20, 25-21, 25-13
FRENCHTOWN
— Kills: 12 (Alivia Williams 4, Emilie Hinrichs 4), Assists: 10 (Kylie Willett 10). Blocks: 2 (Willett 1, Hinrichs 1). Aces: 6 (Maggie Kaiser 2, Morgan Snow 2). Digs: 14 (Maddy Boller 3, Willet 3, Williams 3).
LIBBY — Kills: 35 (Jayden Winslow 11, Brooklyn Rainer 10), Assists: 33 (Alli Collins 32). Blocks: 8 (Emily Mossberg 5, Jessica ones 3).  Aces: 12 (Jones 3, Rainer 3). Digs: 44 (Winslow 15, Emma Gruber 13).

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