BELGRADE — Make it seven up, seven down for the Butte Central volleyball team.
The Maroons stayed perfect on the regular season Tuesday night by beating Belgrade 25-23, 25-23, 29-27 in a matchup of first-place teams. The Maroons lead the Southwestern A, while the Panthers are on top of the Central A.
The Maroons scored the final eight points of the first set before scoring the final four points of the second set to take a 2-0 advantage. Then the Maroons needed extra time to finish off Belgrade.
“Tonight was a test of our mental toughness, and we succeeded,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “Each and every match the girls fought and played hard. They never let down, and they never gave up. I can’t say enough about their drive and fight tonight.”
Teresa Piazzola had a monster night to lead the Maroons. The senior hitter spiked 13 kills and collected 24 digs. Both were match highs.
“She is just an amazing athlete who has been making some big plays out there on the court,” Hancock said.
Ryan Trudnowski added nine kills and three and a half blocks in the win, while Lacey McGree killed seven, Corbyn Holm killed five and Sierra Pica spiked four. Emily St. John ran the offense, dishing up all 32 BC assists.
“They came through in pressure situations and came out on top,” Hancock said. “It was a great game against one of the top teams in the Central A.
“Ryan Trudnowski had an outstanding game tonight,” Hancock said. “She has really come along and was a huge force up there on the net. Corbyn Holm came up big tonight too with her aggressive serving, which was huge for us in that first match.”
BC had four players reach double figures in digs. Taylor Wahl and Mollie Peoples each got 11, while Holm dug 10.
Bailey Christensen and Shania Neubauer each tallied 12 kills to lead the Panthers, who fell to 7-4.
BC is 7-0 overall. The Maroons have not lost a set in their seven sweeps this season.
“Individually we all stepped up and got the job done as a team,” Hancock said. “It was a great win for us tonight.”
The Maroons have a long break before going for 8-0. Their next match is Oct. 8 at home against Dillon.
Butte Central def. Belgrade 25-23, 25-23, 29-27
Kills — BC 38 (Teresa Piazzola 13, Ryan Trudnowski 9, Lacey McGree 7, Corbyn Holm 5, Sierra Pica 4), Belgrade 39 (Bailey Christensen 12, Shania Neubuaer 12). Assists — BC 32 (Emily St. John 32), Belgrade 25 (Sh. Neubauer 25). Blocks — 7 (Trudnowski 3.5, McGree 2, Pica 1.4), Belgrade 5 (Sydney Lambeth 2). Aces — BC 4 (Emily St. John 2, Wahl 2), Belgrade 4 (Madi Shott 2). Digs — 68 (Piazzola 24, Taylor Wahl 11, Mollie Peoples 11, Holm 10, St. John 7, Shawnee Hjelt 4, Trudnowski 1), Belgrade 57 (Emily Schram 14, Skyla Neubauer 13, Christensen 13).