Butte High will play at noon on Friday
BOZEMAN — The Bulldogs are going to have to do it the hard way.
Great Falls Russell swept Butte High 25-13, 25-17, 25-21 Thursday in the first round of the Class AA State tournament at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
The 29-0 Rustlers will head to an 8 p.m. match. Butte High will take on Bozeman or Kalispell Flathead in a loser-out match at noon on Friday. (Bracket)
The Bulldogs (11-18) will need to win three matches Friday to make it to Saturday at State, the team’s long-stated goal. The tournament features a true double-elimination format, so a state title is still on the table.
Lauren Lindseth tallied 15 kills and 13 digs to lead the Rustlers in the win. Tennisen Hiller set 26 assists, and Avarey Stuff collected 12 digs in the win.
Brooke McGrath and Teagan Kennis each smacked seven kills to lead Butte’s attack. Ashley Olson killed six, and Mollee Conlan and Kennadie McMahon followed with five and three.
Katie Keller set 16 assists, and Oliva Quinn set 10 . McGrath’s nine digs led the Butte backcourt. Jodyn Bolton added six, and Kennis dug six. Joscelyn Cleveland also contributed for the Bulldogs.
Great Falls Russell def. Butte High 25-13, 25-17, 25-21
Kills — CMR 36 (Lauren Lindseth 15, Ella Cochran 9), Butte 33 (Brooke McGrath 7, Teagan Kennis 7, Ashley Olson 6, Mollee Conlan 5, Kennadie McMan 3, Laura Rosenleaf 3, ). Assists — CMR 33 (Tennisen Hiller 26), Butte 28 (Katie Keller 16, Oliva Quinn 10, Jordyn Bolton 1, Kennis 1). Blocks — CMR 5 (Lexi Thornton 4), Butte 9 (Conlan 3, McMahon 2, Rosenleaf 2, Olson 2). Aces — CMR 2 (Jordan Belote 1, Norah Allen 1), Butte 0. Digs — CMR 45 (Lindseth 13, Avarey Stuff 12), Butte 39 (McGrath 9, Bolton 8, Kennis 6, Conlan 4, Keller 4, Olson 4, Joscelyn Cleveland 2).