Butte Central just put together its best regular season of volleyball in school history.
That will mean absolutely nothing if the Maroons can’t carry that over to the Western A Divisional tournament, which starts Thursday on the Dale Barry Court in Hamilton.
The Maroons open the tournament at 6 p.m. Thursday against Stevensville or Frenchtown. The Yellowjackets (3-12) and Broncs (2-12) will play a play-in match earlier in the day.
BC finished the regular season at 13-1 and 7-1 in the Southwestern A to claim a No. 1 seed at the “super divisional,” which features the Northwestern A and Southwestern A.
Of BC’s 13 wins, 12 of them came via the sweep. At one point, the Maroons won 32 straight sets in the regular season. The team also won the Windy City Classic in Belgrade.
“This is a great team in general,” BC coach Becky Hancock said after a win last week. “When we’re on, everything is on.”
Hamilton (5-11) and Whitefish (10-4) are on the top half of the bracket along with the Maroons.
Northwestern A regular-season champion Columbia Falls (13-1) is on the bottom of the bracket along with Dillon (4-11), Corvallis (10-3) and Polson (6-8).
Corvallis is the only team to beat the Maroons in the regular season.
“When I look at a divisional tournament, you’re going to have to beat some of the best teams anyway to be one of the best,” Hancock said. “It’s a true tournament.”
The top four teams move on to the Class A State tournament, which is next week in Bozeman. The Maroons are trying to qualify for State for just the second time in school history.
“This is going to be a really good tournament,” Hancock said. “It’s going to be a fight to get there to the championship. We’re going to have to come out and play our peak right now and really get after it. Those teams are going to be tough.”