Lady Beav learn some lessons in busy week

J.P. Plutt
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Members of the Dillon Lady Beaver volleyball team celebrate a point at the far side of the net during their match with Butte Central last Tuesday evening. In the end, Central took home the match victory. J.P. Plutt photo

The Dillon Lady Beavers entered the week unbeaten in conference action, but took a few lumps in posting a win over Frenchtown and losses to Butte Central and Polson. Dillon opens another busy weekend with a 3-1 league mark and 3-2 record overall.

“It was a tough week, it was our first week of playing Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and we had played the previous Thursday and Saturday,” said Dillon coach Charelle Hinkey.

On Tuesday, Dillon faced Butte Central at Dillon’s B.W. Lodge Gym and split the first two games, but then lost two straight to drop their first match of the season.

“Butte Central came ready to play,” said Hinkey. Our serves were not quite where we needed them to be and just fell a little short, so we’re definitely hungry to get a win against them on their home court.”

Hinkey felt Dillon won every area of the stat chart but serving. “It just wasn’t our night.”

Dillon rebounded Thursday at Frenchtown with a 3-0 sweep of the Broncs, a traditionally tough out in Southwestern A volleyball.

“The girls came off that loss to Butte Central and took it to heart and really took it to Frenchtown,” said Hinkey. “We beat them in three and we were able to get everyone in off the bench. Frenchtown is one of those teams that if you give them an inch, they’ll run with it. They’ve got great athletes and a great coach. I think we’ll see a different team towards the end of the season, I think they’re just a younger team than they’re used to being.

On Saturday, Dillon got up early in the morning and took the long bus ride to the home court of defending Western A Divisional champion Polson. The Pirates finished third at state, one slot ahead of Dillon a year ago.

“The first game was fun,” said Hinkey. We served really well, our defense was crazy good and we hit really well. We hit .300 which is kind of like a batting average.”

Dillon took game one, but then to batting average drifted south as the champions asserted themselves to win three straight games and the match.

“After we won that first game, Polson decided they were going to step up their game a little,” recalled Hinkey. “After that it was a battle and we lost the last three games. It is fairly early in the season so we can definitely make some good changes before going into the rest of the season and definitely the post-season.”

The Lady Beavers play another busy week with a Tuesday night match at home versus Anaconda, a Thursday night home match against Stevensville, and a Saturday afternoon match at defending Southwestern A champion Corvallis.

Butte Central def. Dillon 26-28, 25 21, 25-27, 19-25.

Dillon stat leaders: Kills - Zoey Morast 11, Emily Brevig 10, Leila Stennerson 8, Kylie Konen 7. Aces - Stennerson 3. Digs - Emily Matamoros 25, Sydney Petersen 18. Assists - Stennerson 29. Solo Blocks - Morast 1. Block Assists – Konen 4.

Dillon def. Frenchtown 25-12, 25-20, 25-23

Dillon stat leaders: Kills – Sydney Petersen 7, Ariel Thomas 7, Sage Tash 6. Aces – Petersen 5, Thoms 5. Digs

- Emily Matamoros 20. Assists - Stennerson 18. Solo Blocks – Morast 1. Block Assists – Morast, Thomas, Kylie Konen, and Tash all 1.

Polson def. Dillon 13-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-22.

Dillon stat leaders: Kills – Morast 10, Thomas 8. Aces - Stennerson 3, Petersen 2. Digs - Stennerson 17, Matamoros 12, Petersen 10. Assists - Stennerson 24. Solo Blocks – Emily Brevig 1, Kylie Konen 1. Block Assists – Morast 3, Stennerson 3.