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Charlo volleyball starts season 2-0

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By Rob Zolman / Valley Journal

ST. IGNATIUS – Charlo High School’s Lady Vikings volleyball team opened the 2020 season with a win on the road against the Seeley Swan Lady Blackhawks on Thursday evening.

The Charlo team continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon by defeating, in three sets, the Mission Lady Bulldogs in a non-conference competitive game.

“I can’t ask for much better than that,” said Charlo Lady Vikings head coach Rhondell Volinkaty on her team’s 2-0 start for the season. 

The Lady Vikings start the season with two returning seniors. “I have a lot of younger girls on the team,” said Volinkaty. “My older girls are helping them through everything.”

Against Seeley Swan, the Lady Vikings took the first set 25-17 and the second set 25-16. The Lady Blackhawks took the third set 25-17, and after Charlo gave it one last push in the final set, the Lady Vikings closed the game out with a 25-20 win during the fourth set. Charlo junior Kassidi Cox finished with eight kills, three aces, 11 assists and 17 digs. 

Lady Viking senior Connor Fryberger dished out 14 assists and three aces, and senior Carlee Fryberger added 10 kills, four aces and 18 digs.

In their match against Mission, the Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Bulldogs in three-sets 25-18, 25-10 and 25-17. Carlee Fryberger finished with nine kills, a block and 11 digs. Katelyn Young led the Lady Vikings in digs with 11 of the team’s 74 digs. Cox recorded 13 assists and a block. Conner Fryberger added 11 digs and four aces.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Sydney Brander led the pack with nine kills. Maysa Couture tallied a team-high 11 assists and two aces. Keana Thomas had strong play at the net with two blocks.

Prior to the start of the game on Saturday, due in part to the uncertainty about the possibility of playing a full season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mission Lady Bulldogs honored their senior players: Ella Arlint, Sydney Brander, Keana Thomas and Addison Bird.

“We wanted to make sure they got recognized and didn’t miss out on senior night,” said Mission Bulldog athletic director Tyler Murray.


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