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Polson defeats Wildkats

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COLUMBIA FALLS — The Lady Pirates traveled to Columbia Falls last Thursday, where they defeated the Wildkats in three, 25-18, 25-18, 25-23.

“We played a solid match against Columbia Falls, head coach Jan Toth said. “We led by a pretty good margin in games 1 and 2. Our serves were tough, making it tough for (Columbia Falls) to get any offense going.” 

Even the Wildkats’ strong hitters had trouble finding Polson’s side of the floor. For the Lady Pirates, Mackenzie Banner had a big night with 19 digs. 

“She dug up some very powerful hits’ when that happens, it takes the momentum away from the hitting team,” Toth noted. “Offensively, they were double-blocking Heidi (Rausch) and sometimes using a triple block, so that allowed a single block to our outsides, allowing Chloie Huerta to pound the ball and cousin Tina Marquardt to help her. They had a great night of hitting.” 

Toth was also impressed with sophomore Taylor Rost, who came in to play middle during the third game and “did exactly what was asked of her.” 

Rausch had 12 kills, 10 digs and three blocks; Huerta added 13 kills. 

After playing Glacier High School’s JV and freshman teams Monday, the Lady Pirates head to the Missoula City Invitational tourney Friday and Saturday. 


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