Lady Beaver netters on a roll

Dillon junior Cierra Lamey focuses on the ball before swinging at a kill attempt during the Lady Beavers’ victory over Polson Saturday at B.W. Lodge Gym. Jess Alberi photo

 

The Dillon Volleyball team made short work of their competition this past week.

 The Lady Beavs first swept Butte High, 25-15, 25-19, 25-11, in Copper City, and then returned home to sink the Pirates of Polson in three-sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16.

 The AA Butte Bulldogs were no match for the single A Beavers, who got 100 percent serving performances from both Courtney Linder and Taryn Judge, who also contributed 10 digs, along with a pair of aces, to the Dillon cause. 

 BCHS six footer Josee Pendleton continued to show why she is considered one of the best players in the state by recording 13 kills, 4.5 blocks and 2 digs in the three-set match against Butte.

 Not to be outdone by her senior leaders, Dillon junior Cierra Lamey notched 9 kills, 7 digs and 2 blocks.

 Holly Anderson traded in tickets to the World Series to stay at home and help her team prepare for a run at the state title, as she contributed 2 aces, 2 kills, 2 assists, 2 digs and 2 blocks against Butte.

 “I’m so proud of how they competed from point 1 to 25 in all three games to put together one very solid match,” said the Dillon girls’ first-year head coach, Angela Racicot.

 “We’ve been working on cutting down our unforced errors but not wanting that to be our main focus. We’ve talked a lot about just playing the game with intuition. These girls are incredibly bright and know how and when to make smart plays.

 “However, we all sometimes get a little too analytical. When we let the over-analyzing go and trust our preparation and skill, we click and instinct takes over.”

 After the impressive win over Butte, the Dillon team showed up ready to continue their work in a match against Polson on Saturday afternoon at the BW Lodge Gym. 

 The BCHS girls balanced a good net game up front by Pendleton and Lamey, who powered down 25 of the teams 38 kills in the short three-game match, and a solid defense anchored by the great hustle of Judge.

 Polson was hanging even with the Beavs in the first set, before the hometown team went on a six-point run on its way to a 25-16 win. 

 In the second set, Dillon fell behind, 2-7, and it would take 13 Beaver points before they caught the Pirates at 15 all. Polson exchanged blows with the hosts until the score was knotted at 20. But the Beavers were able to put together a late-game run to win 25-22, go up 2-0 in the match and really put the pressure on the visiting team.

 Allie Morstein showed why she is in charge of the Lady Beavs’ passing game by distributing 30 assists and contributing 9 digs in the match, while Courtney Linder added 7 kills during the third and final set, which Dillon won, 25-16.

 Dillon starts its final week before the divisional tournament in Corvallis with a road trip to Anaconda on Friday night, and then ends its regular season back home against the always tough Corvallis Blue Devils on Saturday at 4 p.m.