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Polson volleyball remains undefeated in conference with win over Maidens

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POLSON — In a battle of potential postseason tournament opponents — and possibly two of the best teams in the Northwestern A conference — the Ronan Maidens found themselves Saturday afternoon on the short end with the hosting Polson Lady Pirates for their second loss of the season.

It couldn’t have been much closer, with the Lady Pirates taking the first sets before the Maidens roared back in the second set to tie things up, 1-1. The Lady Pirates handily took the third set but barely eked out a fourth set win for the 25-13, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23 dramatic victory. 

“I thought my team came ready to play today,” said Lady Pirate head coach Lizzy Cox. “We had the week to prepare our game plan against the Maidens and I thought my girls were steady and executed well.”

Lady Pirate Camilla Foresti held nothing back as she thundered home 14 kills and Liz Tolley blasted out 12 more.

Gracie Simonich orchestrated the Polson attack with 22 assists, added three kills of her own and helped defensively with four digs. Foresti paced Polson with 13 digs, while Julia Barnard added 11 digs and Avery Starr posted a team-high 23 assists.

“We are so grateful for the fans that came out and supported Polson volleyball,” said coach Cox. “They bring so much energy and excitement into the gym.”

Reina Cordova led the charge for the Maidens with a big-time effort. Cordova finished with 10 kills and 16 digs, while Leina Ulutoa added 19 assists and floored one ace. Olivia Clairmont posted four kills and four blocks.

“I’m happy with the effort the girls gave tonight,” said Maiden head coach Lacey Phelan. “It is encouraging to see us improve from the last game, but it still stings to lose to a team twice, especially a rival like Polson.”

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