Lady Beaver netters open remodeled gym with Senior Night

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Dillon outide hitter Ainsley Shipman goes for a tip over Stevensville’s front line during the home team’s first home match of the season. In the background, coaches and team personnel are shown adhering to COVID-19 protocols. Teri Haverfield photo

The Dillon Lady Beavers played just their third match of the season, and their first on their home floor of B.W. Lodge Gymnasium Thursday night. The game marked Senior Night for Madi Ruegsegger and Kat Rondeau. Despite the fanfare and excitement of getting back into the gym, Dillon fell to upset, 3-1.

“We finally got back in the B.W. Lodge Gym last week so that was nice, and we had fans in the stands, so that was great,” said Dillon coach Susie Valach. “It felt relatively normal, but I do think we had a few nerves. We only have three kids with significant varsity experience, so for some of them it was a little shaky at first.”

Stevensville won the first game, 25-14, and Dillon bounced back to tie the match with a game 2 win, 25-15. Stevensville swept the final two games, 15-25 and 18-25, for the match win.

Ainsley Shipman, a 5-7 junior, led Dillon with 13 kills, 10 digs and a block.

“Ainsley is definitely someone that we need to focus more on getting the ball to,” Observed Valach. “Anywhere she is on the court, front row or back row, she is perfectly capable. She’s doing a nice job of developing some different shots as well. Not only can she skip it and swing away, she is a very smart player, so she can tip and she can push the deep corners.”

When Dillon gets on a roll, the pass out of serve-receive, the set and the hit click like it was planned that way. It is inconsistent play through the process that leaves Dillon at 0-3 on the season.

Dillon was scheduled to host Anaconda Tuesday night after the Tribune deadline, and then host traditional power Corvallis on Saturday with the varsity tentative set to start at 4 p.m.