Lady Beaver netters divisional bound

Dillon’s Lexie Belice hammers a kill attempt while libero Kodi Ferris provides back-up in the Lady Beavers’ Senior Night showdown with Belgrade last week. Terri Haverfield photo

The BCHS Volleyball team put an end to its 2015 regular season last week by facing two of the best Class A teams in the state.

And although the Beavers dropped their matches to Corvallis and Belgrade, the team continued to show growth as it heads into the Western Divisional playoffs this week in Hamilton.

The Beavs began the week on the road as they took the scenic drive through the Big Hole Valley to face the second-seeded team in the SouthWest Conference, the Corvallis Blue Devils.

The Beavs were focused and on pointagainst Corvallis through the first two sets of the match, but dropped both, 20-25, 22-25.

In the final set, the Beavers lost that fighting mentality and were defeated, 13-25, to get swept.

The Beavs were led on offense by Alex Rouse, Lexie Belice and Kylie Christiansen, as the trio tallied 13 of the teams 18 kills and two of the three team blocks.

Defensively, Christiansen led the team with 19 digs, followed by Bailey Berriochoa (10) and Rouse (9).

On Saturday, the Beavs welcomed Belgrade into the B.W. Lodge Gymnasium, where Dillon honored its four seniors: Kyra Wood, Lexie Belice, Kodi Ferris and Alex Rouse.

The team hit the court not only looking for the win but also trying to generate some momentum to carry into the divisional tournament the following week.

The Lady Beavs dropped the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-14, but regrouped to easily win the third set, 16-25.

Although the Beavs played great volleys through the fourth set, they eventually lost, 25-22, to hand the match to the visitors.

The Beavs came up with an outstanding 103 digs in the game, led by double-digit efforts from Christiansen (28), Alex Rouse (27), Berriochoa (17) and Ferris (16).

Alex also led the team in kills, with 11, and blocks, with two, while her little sister, Paige Rouse, took top spot in the serving department by chalking up two aces.

This week, the Dillon team will be in Hamilton to participate in the first-ever Western Divisional tournament.

Instead of having five teams from the Southwestern Conference and four teams from the Northeastern Conference each competing for two spots to the state tournament, this year the two conferences combined to make it a nine-team bracket, with the best four teams moving on to state.

The Lady Beavs will start their quest for a spot at the state tournament as the fourth seed out of the Southwest and will face the top team from the Northwest, Columbia Falls, at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in the Hamilton High gymnasium.

A win would advance the Dillon girls to the second round to play the winner of the Corvallis-Polson match at 4 p.m. on Friday.

An opening round loss would bounce the Beavs over to play a loser-out match at noon on Friday.

For the full story, see the Nov. 14 Dillon Tribune.