Lady Beaver netters do the split

Dillon Lady Beaver outside hitter Cierra Lamey swings down on a kill attempt during Saturday night’s match with Stevensville at B.W. Lodge Gymnasium. Jess Alberi photo

 

The Lady Beavers volleyball team played great while winning an easy one on the road this past week, only to struggle two days later with unforced errors at home, where they dropped a tight match to move to 4-3 in conference play on the season.

On Thursday, the Dillon netters travelled to the MAC center in Butte and swept the struggling Butte Central Maroons, 25-20, 25-12, 25-18.

The match was a show of Dillon's power at the net, where Josee Pendleton put away 13 kills with a .320 hitting percentage and Cierra Lamey added 11 kills on a .470 percentage.

Senior libero Taryn Judge led her team on the defensive side with 15 digs on the night.

“Coach Racicot has done a few new things this year that have been extremely beneficial to the team—such as team goals for every game, and bringing freshmen, JV, and varsity together as one team rather than three individual teams," said Judge about her first-year head coach.

“She emphasizes selling out for every ball to ensure that nothing hits the floor without someone giving their all to get it up.”

The Dillon girls were back in front of their home crowd on Saturday night when they hosted the Stevensville Yellowjackets, who came to town looking to avenge their straight-sets loss to the Lady Beavs in Stevensville last month.

The home team hit the floor a little sluggish and fell behind in the first set. The local girls hit the ball with power but were having a hard time keeping it in the court, as they dropped the first set, 18-25.

In the second set, BCHS senior Courtney Linder was forced to sit due to illness and freshman Kylie Christiansen came off the bench to give a the Lady Beavs a nudge to get them rolling on their way to an easy 25-16 win behind the net play of Pendleton, who recorded 20 kills on the night.

The home team also put away the third set, 25-18, but then saw the Yellowjackets jump ahead by seven in the fourth. The Lady Beavs clawed their way back to make the score 15-16 and force Stevi to call a time out.

But after the T.O., the Yellowjackets went on a 9-2 run to win the set, 17-25, and force the decisive 15-point fifth set. 

Dillon lost the coin toss and quickly fell behind 1-4, forcing coach Racicot to take a time out and try to settle her team. A reenergized Dillon evened the score at 11 behind a number of great digs. But Stevi regained control with a few key kills to win the set, 12-15, and the match.

“Losing is never a good feeling, but we just have to keep our heads up and bounce back. In the end, all that matters is Divisionals,” said Judge who came up with 18 digs against Stevi for a total of 33 in two matches.

“The reason we lost comes down to our unforced errors. Almost every game we have lost we have had more errors than our opponent, so if we can cut down on those, I think we'll be a pretty tough team to beat!”

Dillon will travel over the Divide on Thursday to take on Hamilton, and then will be up in Butte again on Saturday for the Butte Central tournament.  

 

Results and Dillon Stats

Dillon def. Butte Central 25-20, 25-12, 25-18

KILLS: Dillon 40 (Pendleton 13, Lamey 11). DIGS: Dillon 43 (Judge 15, Lamey 12). ASSISTS: Dillon 36 (Morstein 31). ACES: Dillon 10 (Linder 3, Lamey 2, Judge 2). BLOCKS: Dillon 7 (Pendleton 4.5)

 

Stevensville def. Dillon 25-18, 16-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-12

KILLS: Dillon 46 (Pendleton 20, Lamey 8). DIGS: Dillon 59 (Judge 18, Holly Andersen 13). ASSISTS: Dillon 40 (Morstein 37). ACES: Dillon 12 (Morstein 4, Andersen 4). BLOCKS: Dillon 15 (Pendleton 6, Lamey 3.5, Chase 3.5).