Unbeaten Maroons start slow, sweep Broncs

HAMILTON — Butte Central’s volleyball team rolled its record to 9-0 on the season with a sweep of Hamilton in a Southwestern A match Saturday afternoon.

Yet another sweep means the Maroons are now 27-0 in sets through the regular season.

BC won 25-21, 25-9, 25-17. Head coach Becky Hancock said it wasn’t quite as easy as the score might make it look. At least not early on.

“We started off a little slow today in the first set, not moving our feet on defense,” Hancock said. “The second game was ignited by solid serving by Taylor Wahl serving up 12 points and then solid defense and hitting.”

Teresa Piazzola tallied 11 kills and 18 digs to pace the BC effort. Lacey McGree added five kills and four blocks, while Corbyn Holm and Ryan Trudnowski each spiked six kills.

Mollie Peoples contributed with 13 digs, and Emily St. John served up 30 of BC’s 31 assists.

“It all started to click that second set and into the third set,” Hancock said. “Emily St. John did an outstanding job setting up and spreading out our offense today, and our hitters did an amazing job putting the ball away.

“It was fun to watch, from the pass to the hit everything just started to fall into place,” Hancock said. “We played as one today, and that’s what we need to continue to do as we progress through-out the regular second half of the season.”

The Maroons, who improved to 6-0 in league play, will host the annual Blocktober Classic next Saturday at the MAC.

Butte Central def. Hamilton 25-21, 25-9, 25-17
Kills – Butte Central 35 (Teresa Piazzola 11, Corbyn Holm 6, Ryan Trudnowski 6, Lacey McGree 5, Sierra Pica 4, Emily St. John 3), Hamilton 31 (Tristy Searle 11). Blocks – Butte Central  (McGree 4, Holm 2, Pica 1), Hamilton 2 (Caitlin Gillespie 1). Digs – Butte Central 52 (Piazzola 18, Mollie Peoples 13, Taylor Wahl 7, St. John 5, Shawnee Hjelt 4, Holm 3, McKenzie Gallagher 1, Pica 1), Hamilton 53 (Kloie Nye 15). Assists – Butte Central 31 (St. John 30, Holm 1), Hamilton 29 (Caitlin Dillon 23). Aces – Butte Central 4 (Wahl 2, Gallagher, St. John), Hamilton 2 (Kloie Nye, Brooke Huxtable).

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