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Maroon volleyball finishes tough, strong at Dillon tourney

DILLON — Butte Central appears to be ready for the regular volleyball season.

The Maroons split a pair of matches with Columbia Falls and Polson Saturday before knocking off Whitefish in two games – a matchup of No 2 seeds from pool play.

The tournament was played at the B.W. Lodge Gymnasium.

Columbia Falls went on to beat Corvallis in three games in the No. 1 seeded game. Stevensville topped Frenchtown in the No. 3 match, Polson beat Dillon in the No. 4 contest and Hamilton downed Browning in the No. 5.

BC fell to Columbia Falls 25-20 before bouncing back with a 25-14 win. The Maroons beat Polson 25-10 before falling 25-20. That put the Maroons at 8-2 in their 10 games of the tournament.

Then BC beat Whitefish 25-18 and 25-20.

“We played tough and stayed strong when things got close,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “Seniors Shawnee Hjelt, Teresa Piazzola and juniors Mollie Peoples and Taylor Wahl had a great day on defense, while senior McKenzie Gallagher served solid.

“I am proud of these girls,” the coach added. “It has been awhile since we have been one of the top seeds in a pre-season tourney. We definitely have things to work on and improve, but overall we had a strong showing this weekend.”

The Maroons open the season with a non-conference match against Polson Thursday. Then BC will head to the Windy City Classic in Belgrade.

Pool play
Butte Central split with Columbia Falls 20-25, 25-14

KILLS — 20 (Corbyn Holm 6, Emily St. John 4, Teresa Piazzola 4, Sierra Pica 4, Ryan Trudnowski 1). ASSISTS — 14 (St. John 14, Pica 1). BLOCKS — 2 (Pica 1, Lacey McGree 1). ACES — 3 (Piazzola 1, McKenzie Gallagher 1, Mollie Peoples 1). DIGS — 31 (St. John 8, Piazzola 8, Peoples 6, Holm 3, Taylor Wahl 3, Pica 2, Gallagher 1).

Butte Central split with Polson 25-10, 20-25
KILLS — 17 (Piazzola 5, Holm 4, Trudnowski 3, Pica 2, McGree 2, St. John 1). ASSISTS — 16 (St. John 16). BLOCKS — 1 (Pica .5, Trudnowski .5). ACES — BC 4 (Piazzola 4). DIGS — 25 (Wahl 6, Hjelt 5, Piazzola 4, Peoples 4, St. John 3, Gallagher 1, Pica 1, Trudnowski 1).

No. 2 seed match
Butte Central def. Whitefish 25-18, 25-20

KILLS — 16 (McGree 5, Piazzola 4, Holm 4, St. John 3). ASSISTS — 19 (St. John 19). BLOCKS — 3 (Piazzola 1, Pica .5, Holm .5, McGree .5, Trudnowski .5). ACES — 5 (St. John 2, Piazzola 1, Holm 1, Wahl 1). DIGS — 26 (Piazzola 7, Peoples 7, St. John 6, Wahl 4, Hjelt 2).



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