By Holly Jordan Carpenter
The impressive Missoula Sentinel Spartans came to Butte to play volleyball and left with a 3 – 0 win against the Bulldogs.
The first two sets left the Bulldogs a bit shell-shocked at the size and quickness of the Spartans. Their serves were extremely aggressive and the Bulldogs had a hard time getting settled into an offense. The size and aggressiveness of the Spartans’ front row allowed them to find a way to hit around all of the Bulldog blockers and their Libero was just as impressive, able to get everything up that the Bulldogs threw at her. The first set ended with a score of 25 – 13 and the second set ended 25 – 11.
With a better understanding of the Spartans’ playbook, the Bulldogs came out hungry for a win in the third set. the servers got more aggressive and the Bulldogs started to find some openings to finally get the ball to hit the floor. In the end the Spartans answered with a 25 – 19 set win and a 3 – 0 match victory.
For the Senior Class, Ashlyn Burnett recorded 4 kills and 3 digs; Camille Katuzman had 8 digs; Averie Olsen served up 8 kills, 2 aces and 6 digs; and Laura Rosenleaf contributed 5 kills, 3 digs and 1 assist. Juniors Taylor Drakos, Mackenzie Hansen, Maddie Luedtke, Mickenzie McIntyre all added kills and digs to the match. Drakos ended with 3 digs, Hansen with 5 digs, Luedtke with 5 kills and 4 digs and McIntyre with 3 kills and 2 digs. The sophomores also put up numbers with Jaycee Cleveland contributing 4 digs and an impressive 24 assists and Mylee Demarais adding 1 dig.
Coach Shane Jorgensen said, “Once again we are starting to see improvement in every one of our matches. I have a feeling we are going to surprise some people in the second half of the season.”
The Bulldogs will play non-conference games on Saturday, in Belgrade, returning to conference play on Friday, October 7th, when they hit the road to take on the Flathead Bravettes.