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Lady Pirate volleyball team finishes third at state

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BOZEMAN — After winning the Western A divisional title the previous weekend, the Polson Lady Pirates finished their 2021 season on Saturday with a third-place trophy during the Class A State Volleyball Tournament held at the Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.

Playing in their third consecutive state volleyball tournament appearance, the Lady Pirates opened tourney action on Thursday with back-to-back wins over Miles City and Corvallis.

Against Miles City, Camilla Foresti posted 11 kills and 10 digs helping Polson to a 25-11, 25-23, 25-19 win. Lady Pirate Avery Starr booked a team high 26 assists. 

In Thursday’s second-round game, Polson defeated Corvallis in four sets (25-17, 20-25, 25-14, 25-22.) Star finished with a match-best 332 assists. Lady Pirate McKenna Hanson had two aces, nine kills and 11 digs.

Also for Polson, Liz Tolley floored two aces and 13 kills, while Foresti had 11 kills and 15 digs.

In Friday’s semifinal match against Havre, the Lady Pirates fell to the Blue Ponies 16-25, 25-22, 19-25, 21-25.

Starr booked 29 assists and 11 digs, while Tolley had nine kills and three blocks. Foresti had 12 kills and Hanson scored 14 kills and 12 digs. 

On Saturday morning in the third-place consolation match, the Lady Pirates were swept in three straight sets by the eventual 2021 state champions Billings Central (25-12, 25-22, 25-15.)

Starr led the Lady Pirates with a block, eight digs and 21 assists, while Foresti finished the game with 10 kills and eight digs.

“I’m so very proud of them. They are a great group of girls,” Lady Pirate head coach Lizzy Cox said. “They have worked really hard for me. I can’t ask more than that. They gave everything, and as a coach, that’s the ideal situation.” 

Although the Lady Pirates fell short of reaching the tournament championship game, the Polson volleyball squad still completed their best state appearance finish in the history of the school’s volleyball program. 

Polson finishes the season with a record of 18-4, a Western A divisional trophy and Class A state third place finish. 

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