Butte Central head volleyball coach Becky Hancock saw a couple areas where the Maroons need to improve Thursday night.
Most of the spectators at BC’s home-opening match against Polson at the Maroon Activities Center, however, couldn’t see much of anything that the Maroons did wrong.
Butte Central made short work of the Pirates, winning 25-15, 25-8, 25-14 in a match that lasted just 1 hour, 4 minutes.
“It’s going to be an awesome season,” Hancock said. “They’re going to be one of those teams to watch.”
The Maroons, a team made up of mostly juniors and seniors after two seasons of growing pains, appear to have fully arrived on the scene of Class A competitors as they showed off their strong serving and dominating front line in the victory.
Hancock said the Maroons, who will play at the Windy City Classic in Belgrade on Saturday, will focus on improving her team’s defense over the next week or so. That, she said, will be a lot easier coming off a victory.
“It’s awesome to see areas that we were able to improve on and still go out there and dominate a game like that,” Hancock said. “This is a great squad, a talented squad. A great group of girls all around.”
Sierra Pica pounded eight kills to lead BC’s balanced offensive attack. Teresa Piazzola and Corbyn Holm each added five kills, while Emily St. John and Lacey McGree killed three and Ryan Turdnowski killed two.
St. John, the setter, hand out 19 assists as she kept the Maroon offense balanced and unpredictable.
“It’s exciting to see when you look at your stat sheet and your right side is getting just as many sets as your outside,” Hancock said. “Emily is doing a great job spreading out that offense. It’s exciting to see that distribution on offense. Sierra Pica is really connecting with that ball and putting the ball away.”
McGree was a force at the net, registering two and a half blocks.
The Maroons also served six aces, with Piazzola and Holm hitting two aces, and St. John and Taylor Wahl each serving one.
“Our serving was really on tonight,” Hancock said. “That really contributed to the win. Corbyn was outstanding.”
Polson stats were not available for the match. Hancock, though, praised the Pirates play, particularly in the back row.
“They have great defense,” she said. “They were digging up our balls that we were hitting at them. We kept with it, though, and kept strong on our side. We made it work.”
The Maroons will open Southwestern A play next Thursday at Dillon.
Butte Central def. Polson 25-14, 25-8, 25-14
Kills — BC 28 (Sierra Pica 8, Teresa Piazzola 5, Corbyn Holm 5, Emily St. John 3, Lacey McGree 3, Ryan Trudnowski 2). Assists — BC 19 (St. John 19). Blocks — BC 4 (McGree 2.5, Pica 1. John .5). Aces — BC 6 (Piazzola 2, Holm 2, St. John 1, Taylor Wahl 1). Digs — BC 33 (Piazzola 8, Mollie Peoples 7, St. John 5, Wahl 5, Holm 4, Shawnee Hjelt 3, McKenzie Gallagher 1).
Note: Polson stats not available.