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Scarlets stumble against Vikings at Spike It tourney

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ARLEE — The luck of the draw kept the Arlee Scarlets out of the championship rounds of their own tournament Saturday.

The Scarlets went 2-1 in the morning pool play at the Arlee Spike It Tournament Saturday, but failed to advance because both the Charlo Lady Vikings and the Lincoln Lady Lynx went undefeated in the morning. Although the Lady Lynx were in the same pool as the Scarlets, they never had to play the Lady Vikings. They played the victor instead. The Lady Pirates went 0-3 at the tourney. 

The Scarlets started the tournament with a three-set win over the Class B Darby Lady Tigers. After dropping the first game 13-15, they rallied for a 15-6 win and put the match away with a 10-1 third-game victory.

The only loss for the Scarlets was a 15-10, 11-15, 10-6, loss to the Lady Vikings. Arlee coach Brian Big Sam said the Scarlets played nervous against the Lady Vikings. It was the first time the Scarlets have met up with the Lady Vikings since the Drummond Tournament, and even though Charlo is beatable, Big Sam said the Scarlets  played like they were intimidated.

“The girls just felt pressured and they didn’t want to move...It was Charlo, the nerves were up,” Big Sam said.

Against the Lady Vikings, the Scarlets back row made some mistakes, which took the team out of rhythm. 

“Once we make a mistake, the girls lose momentum. They get down on themselves and everybody falls apart. And that’s what they can’t do if they want to be a good team,” Big Sam said. They need to play right back through it and come out on top.”

The Scarlets rebounded with a 15-10, 15-7 win over Seeley-Swan, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the semifinals.

Becca Nelson led the team in kills, knocking down 10. She also dug out 19 balls. Allie Ligos led the team with 20 digs. Melissa Ivanoff finished with 17 digs and added four kills. Cortney Dix led the team with 14 assists and six aces. Cassandra Kline and Mahalia Hendren each had four aces.

The Scarlets remained perfect in conference by defeating Noxon 25-13, 25-17, 25-17 at home Friday night. The Scarlets have not dropped a set in their four conference wins this season. Nelson, who “was killing everything”, according to Big Sam, led the team with eight kills and also had a team-high 22 digs. 

Most of the Scarlets’ offense came at the service line. The Scarlets finished with 20 aces, with Maria Pablo leading the way with seven. Dix added five and Ivanoff added four. Dix also led the team with 12 assists. Hendren finished with two aces, eight digs and three kills.

The Scarlets (6-1,6-0) travel to Hot Springs Thursday.

Summary
Arlee def. Noxon
25-13, 25-17, 25-17
Kills - Arlee 14, (Becca Nelson 8). Blocks - Arlee 1 (Cortney Dix). Digs - Arlee 71 (Nelson 22). Assists - Arlee 14 (Dix 12). Aces - 20 (Maria Pablo 8).

Arlee Spike It Tournament
pool play
Arlee def. Darby, 13-15, 15-6, 10-1
Charlo def. Arlee, 15-10, 11-15, 10-6
Arlee def. Seeley-Swan, 15-10, 15-7

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