By Jim Orr
The Courier 

Divisionals Achieved

Volleyball Scotties Open Thursday Against Favorite Choteau

 

When the volleyball Scotties qualified for the Class B Northern Divisional Tournament, it was a goal achieved for the young squad.

But once they get there, tourney host and favorite Choteau awaits in the opener Thursday morning. That's a tough reward.

"Choteau presents a tremendous challenge, and I hope it's one we don't back down from," coach Lori Dailey told The Courier. "Even if a win isn't in the cards this first round, I'm still looking for my team to battle cohesively."

Dailey said she expects nothing but "top notch play" from the 1B champion Bulldogs, who have given up few sets all season. Glasgow last saw them in the season-opening tournament.

GHS goes to Divisional as the fourth and final qualifier from the District 2B Tournament at Plentywood. Also making the trip west are District champ Malta, runner-up Plentywood and third-place Wolf Point.

Completing the eight-team field from 1B are runner-up Shelby, third place Cut Bank and fourth place Fairfield. The top two finishers advance to State, Nov. 13-15 at Bozeman.

"We're not seeded exactly where I had hoped, but at least we get one final crack at playing some competitive ball against some more fabulous teams," Dailey said.

Not advancing to Divisional were Poplar and Harlem. The Scotties defeated both at District to keep alive their season.

"Poplar and Harlem both put in very heartfelt efforts, producing some of the best teams I've seen at those two schools," Dailey said. "In fact, all of the District 2B teams looked pretty sharp, so it will be interesting to see how we stack up against the West."


At District, Glasgow defeated Poplar 25-14, 21-25, 25-13 and 25-9 in the first round and lost to Plentywood 25-18, 25-23 and 25-5 in the second. The Scotties advanced to Divisional by ousting Harlem 25-16, 25-20 and 25-17. Wolf Point then beat Glasgow 25-22, 25-23, 13-25 and 25-22 to put the Scotties in fourth.

Leading the Scotties against Plentywood were Sadie Sukut with 11 kills, Delaney Holzworth with 1 block, Dana Hughes with 2 aces, Amy Breigenzer with 11 digs and Teagan Fossum with 22 assists.

The leaders against Harlem were Sukut with 12 kills and 9 digs, Rachel Mickelson with 3 aces and Lauren Runningen with 16 assists.

Against Wolf Point it was Sukut with 14 kills and 3 blocks, Holzworth with 4 aces, Hughes with 13 digs and Fossum with 30 assists.

Stats weren't available for the Poplar match.

 

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