CHARLO — The Charlo Lady Vikings know how to compete as a team, and place unity above self. “I’m thankful to have a group of girls that want to be ‘a Viking’ — not ‘the star.’ They play for each other, to support each other,” Coach Cammie Evenson said.
The squad split games this week, falling to St. Regis Thursday 3-1, and beating the Plains Trotters 3-2 Saturday night.
Cheyanne Nagy led the team with 18 kills on Thursday, while Allie Delaney executed 35 of the Vikings 52 total digs. Teaira Truman had an excellent performance with 24 of the teams 34 assists.
“We have made a lot of changes this year, trying to figure out what will work best for the team,” Evenson said.
“We had a tough loss on Thursday against St. Regis. So, it was back to the drawing board.” The coach introduced a new defense/ offense to the girls at practice on Friday.
“We knew it would be a risk to try something we hadn’t practiced, but like always the girls stepped up to the challenge,” she said.
The new strategy paid off with a win against Plains Saturday night as the Lady Vikings fought all five games, beating Plains Trotters 3-2, ending in a nail-biting 14-16 fifth set.
The Lady Vikings were down 11-14, with the Trotters one point from the match win. But now it was Charlo’s serve. Sophomore Teaira Truman stepped up to the challenge.
“The fifth game against Plains was fun to watch,” Evenson said.“(Teaira) took control of the game by controlling her serve, and the girls all did their jobs, one point at a time. Our outsides put the ball away and middle blockers stopped the ball at the net.”
Kaitlin Cox served up nine aces to help secure the win.
Cox and Cheyenne Nagy controlled the net with 13 kills each, while Sakoyo Gaustad stepped up with eight blocks. Allie Delaney had 29 digs on the night.
“I usually don’t point individual players out, but our Libero, sophomore Allie Delaney, took control of our defense. She is a natural leader who has the ability to create a calm environment when the pressure builds,” Evenson said.
The Lady Vikings host Two Eagle River on Thursday and then travel to Noxon on Tuesday. The team is hoping to stay healthy and uninjured heading toward postseason.
“We put 100 percent of our focus into each day of practice, and hopefully the hard work and preparation will show at tournament time,” Evenson said.
St. Regis def. Charlo 3-1
20-25, 19-25, 28-26, 21-25
Kills - Charlo 36 (Cheyenne Nagy 18), St. Regis 39 (Courtney Cheesman 15).
Digs - Charlo 52 (Allie Delaney 35) St. Regis 56 (Madison Hill 18, Emma Hill 18).
Blocks - Charlo 12 (Sakoya Gaustad 4, Brooklyn Foust 4) St. Regis 8 (Courtney Cheesman 4).
Aces - Charlo 9 (Kaitlin Cox 4) St. Regis 13 (Courtney Cheesman 5).
Assists - Charlo 34 (Teaira Truman 24), St. Regis 25 (Anna Sanford 18).
Charlo def. Plains 3-2
21-25, 25-15, 12-25, 25-14, 14-16
Kills - Charlo 32 (Kaitlin Cox 13, Cheyenne Nagy 13), Plains 36 (Jessica Thompson 16).
Digs - Charlo 71 (Allie Delaney 29), Plains 58 (Kassidy Kinzie 11).
Blocks - Charlo 21 (Sakoya Gaustad 8), Plains 12 (Rachel Huenink 5, Kara Altmiller 4).
Aces - Charlo 19 (Kaitlin Cox 9), Plains 11 (Kristen Josephson 3, Natalee Deschamps 3).
Assists - Charlo 25 (Teaira Truman 17), Plains 24 (Lindsay Laws 14).
POLSON — The Lady Pirates fell to Whitefish 3-1 Saturday night. Hanna Fryberger played a tough match with 11 kills and eight aces, but it was not enough despite Kyler Lundeen’s 17 digs. Kaelyn Smith contributed with 19 assists. The Pirates host Stevensville this Tuesday.
Whitefish def. Polson 3-1
25-27, 25-11, 25-12, 25-14
Kills- Polson 28 (Hannah Fryberger 11, Lauren Lefthand 9, Mikaela DuCharme 8) Whitefish 40 (Annison Brown 11).
Digs - Polson 37 (Kyler Lundeen 17, Laurel Bitterman 8) Whitefish 57 (Serena Hemmington 17).
Aces - Polson 9 (Hanna Fryberger 8) Whitefish 8 (Libby Nagler 4).
Assists - Polson 33 (Kaelyn Smith 19) Whitefish 31 (Libby Nagler 25).
Blocks - Polson 3, Whitefish 3 (Muriella Kruger 1, Cailyn Ross 1, Annison Brown 1).
RONAN — Although Ronan was defeated by Anaconda Tuesday, Oct. 4, the final set was a heart-stopper as the Maidens battled to 27-29. “The game was very exciting at the end,” Coach Charla Lake said. “The girls really dug deep after losing focus and dropping sets two and three. They fought hard in set four but it wasn’t enough to overcome the hole that we dug ourselves into.”
Lee Camel had a season high of 22 kills and 35 digs, tying with Sadie Wirz for most digs.
The Maidens host Loyola Thursday, travel to Stillwater on Friday and host Deer Lodge Tuesday.
Anaconda def. Ronan 21-25,
25-23, 25-13, 29-27
Digs 135 (Lee Camel 35, Sadie Wirz 35).
Blocks 2 (Lee Camel 1, Reagan Clairmont 1).
Kills 48 (Lee Camel 22).
Aces 5 (Sadie Wirz 3).
Assists 36 (Shaina Snyder 14).