Volleyball seasons end in divisional action for Polson, Arlee
BUTTE – Polson Lady Pirates’ 2017 volleyball season came to an end Friday with a 3-1 loss (25-18, 25-15, 20-25, 25-17) to Hamilton in a loser-out Western A Divisional volleyball tourney match played at the Maroon Activities Center in Butte.
Kaelyn Smith’s 14 kills, Kyler Lundeen’s 29 digs and Laurel Bitterman’s 26 assists were all game highs for the Lady Pirates.
According to Lady Pirates head coach Patricia Luetzen, her team struggled in the must-win game because of too many hitting errors even though the team’s serving percentage was much higher than normal.
On Thursday in first round action, the Lady Pirates fell to eventual Western Class A Divisional champs Corvallis 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-14).
Lundeen had a game high 15 digs to lead the Lady Pirates.
“If we would have ended our season in Browning at Districts we would be disappointed in ourselves,” Luetzen said. “Making the trip to Divisional and giving ourselves a chance, was at the very least, an opportunity to better anything we could before we took off our knee pads and spandex for the final time this season and look forward to our high-tops and baggy shorts for basketball season.”
In Western C Divisional action, the Arlee Scarlets volleyball team defeated their opening-round opponent Clark Fork 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14) on Thursday at the Manhattan Christian Memorial Event Center in Churchill.
The Scarlets lost the second set falling 21-25, but dominated the next two sets, winning 25-16 and 25-14, to give themselves the upper hand.
Ashley Revis led the Scarlets with 15 kills and four blocks. Both were team highs.
In their second-round match, Arlee was swept by Gardiner 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-12). Eden Morin had a game high 22 digs to lead the Scarlets.
Arlee’s season ended on Friday with a three-set loss (25-23, 25-20, 25-19) against Manhattan Christian in a loser-out playoff match.
Revis had eight kills and five blocks for the Scarlet, while Morin, Tomi Brazill and Mikayla Rieken all had 13 digs apiece.