By Lori Dailey
For The Courier 

Scotties Face Tough Teams in Choteau

Squad Shows Height is Not Needed to Prevail


Marie Pederson

Freshman Keely Fossum and Sophomore Cordelia Nickels go up to block a shot from their opponent during the Choteau Invitational held Aug. 26 and 27.

Each year Choteau promises a dazzling display of high-class volleyball, and this year was no exception. Despite being a pre-season tournament, all 15 teams assembled in the gym were finely tuned and raring to go.

As is customary, the Scotties were grouped in with some of the toughest teams in attendance. First-round pool play pitted GHS against such extremely competitive teams as Choteau, 2015 state champions Red Lodge, Three Forks and Conrad. The girls fought tooth and nail, winning some games, losing others, but always remaining in contention and proving they were a force to be reckoned with. In the end, Glasgow had faced three of the top six teams and done a fair job of playing right with them.

A solid core of six returning varsity players set the tone and were backed up by six eager subs who made a difference and added depth to the team each time they entered the court. At an average height of 5'5", the girls proved once again that determination, guts and defense win time and again. Teams loaded with girls 6'-6'2" were denied kills by the stunning and dogged defense of GHS. Blockers were baffled by small hitters who showed no fear. Serving was lethal at times. A never-say-die attitude was prevalent.

The tournament format featured matches comprised of two games to 21, with a time limit of 45 minutes. In all, the Scotties played 12 matches (24 games) that really tested their mettle. Despite battling fatigue and injuries, the Scottie volleyball team closed out the tournament with a solid win over divisional foe Cutbank.

All 12 players on varsity saw significant court time, a rare opportunity to gain experience at a high level. They enjoyed success at all levels and notched their belts with a few key victories. The team came away from the tournament with plenty of concepts to work on, but confident and excited for the season to begin.

GHS opens their home schedule on Thursday, Sept. 1, when they host class A Glendive. C-squad action gets underway at 4 p.m., JV begins around 5:15 p.m. and varsity takes the court at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Game Scores:

Choteau – 15-21; 21-20

Red Lodge – 14 -21; 10-21

Conrad – 21-13; 20-21

Three Forks – 21-20; 18-21

Ennis – 9-21; 7-21

Wolf Point – 21-16; 21-16

Thompson Falls – 11-21; 14-21

Choteau – 11-21; 8-21

Simms – 13-21; 21-14

Choteau JV – 21-16; 21-12

Wolf Point – 21-19; 18-21

Cutbank – 21-13; 21-18


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