Maroons sweep Beavers to open conference slate

DILLON — Butte Central opened its Southwestern A volleyball schedule with a sweep of the Dillon Beavers Thursday night at the B.W. Lodge Gymnasium.

Teresa Piazzola registered 10 kills and 13 digs to lead the balanced BC attack as the Maroons topped the Beavers 25-12, 25-21, 25-16.

Sierra Pica added six kills, while Ryan Trudnowski tallied five kills, Emily St. John and Corbyn each spiked four, and Lacey McGree racked up three kills and three blocks.

Tonight was a good team effort,” BC coach Becky Hancock said. “We came out and dominated the first set, but Dillon came back strong in the second and third set making us work for our points. Dillon is a great team, so I was happy to see us come away with the win tonight.”

St. John, the setter, ran the offense, dishing up 23 assists. Holm added 12 digs, while Taylor Wahl and Mollie Peoples each hit the floor for seven digs.

Butte Central improved to 2-0 overall. The Maroons also had success at a pair of preseason tournaments, winning the Windy City Classic Saturday in Belgrade.

“I still feel defensively we need to get more fundamentally sound with where we are at, but we will get there,” Hancock said.

The Maroons will get the weekend off. They’ll be back in action next Thursday and Saturday when they take on Livingston and Hamilton during homecoming week.

Butte Central stats follow.

Butte Central def. Dillon 25-12, 25-21, 25-16
KILLS — BC 34 (Teresa Piazzola 10, Sierra Pica 6, Ryan Trudnowski 5, Emily St. John 4, Corbyn Holm 4, Lacey McGree 3, Shawnee Hjelt 1, Mollie Peoples 1). ASSISTS — BC 23 (St. John 23). BLOCKS — 3 (McGree 3). ACES — 5 (Holm 2, St. John 1, McKenzie Gallagher 1, Taylor Wahl 1). DIGS — 51 (Piazzola 13, Holm 12, Wahl 7, Peoples 7, St. John 5, Gallagher 4, Hjelt 2, McGree 1).

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