Lady Beavs top Hamilton to move to #5 seed, face Hamilton Wed. in divisional play-in game

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Lady Beavs top Hamilton to move to #5 seed, face Hamilton Wed. in divisional play-in game

Pound it Dillon’s Ainsley Shipman rises up to pound a kill shot in Dillon’s win over Hamilton on Friday. Teri Haverfield photo

The Dillon Lady Beavers defeated Hamilton in a fivegame match to end the regular season on a high note. The win moved Dillon from the sixth to fifth seed and sets Dillon up for a Wednesday rematch at Hamilton for a Western A Divisional Play-in game.

“It was nice to see,” said Dillon coach Susanne Valach. “The kids were fired up, things were working, and they played really well.”

The Lady Beavers started slow and trailed 2 games to none, but started hitting their stride in the tail end of the second game loss.

“We had our backs to the wall there,” said Valach. “We were serving really well and our serve-receive was tough. They couldn’t run what they wanted and we got some easier balls coming back over. That just makes our offense run so much better.”

Dillon rallied to win games 3 and 4, 25-18 and 25-21. The wins tied the match and set-up Dillon’s dominating game 5 victory, 15-4.

“Things came together so much better than they have all year,” said Valach.

Dillon opened the week on Tuesday at Corvallis, getting swept in three games. Thursday in Dillon, the Lady Beavers lost to Livingston in three straight, but the third game went 33-35 as Dillon started to find a rhythm.

Dillon opens the Western A Divisional Tournament with a play-in game at Hamilton on Wednesday night. Due to COVID, all tourney games are hosted by the higher seeded team.

If they win, they will spend Wednesday night at Missoula and then travel either to Columbia Falls or Polson for a Thursday match. The play-in games are single elimination so a loss sends Dillon home for the season.

Dillon def. Hamilton

21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-4

Dillon stat leaders: Kills (59) – Ainsley Shipman 16, Evey Hansen 15. Blocks (1) – Hansen. Assists (49) – Madi Regsegger 41. Digs (73) – Shipman 18, Ruegsegger 12, Kat Rondeau 12. Aces (17) – Evey Hansen 4.

Livingston def. Dillon

25-13, 25-218, 35-33

Dillon stat leaders: Kills (32) – Ainsley Shipman 11, Evey Hansen 8. Blocks (6) – Hansen 3. Assists (28) – Madi Ruegsegger 14. Digs (40) – Ainsley Shipman 17. Aces (4) – Jordyn Walker 2, Lauryn Petersen 2.

Corvallis def. Dillon

25-18, 25-11, 25-15

Dillon stat leaders: Kills (14) – Evey Hansen 5. Blocks (4) – Lauryn Petersen 2, Hansen 2. Assists (12) – Lauryn Petersen 6, Madi Ruegsegger 5. Digs (28) – Ainsley Shipman 8, Jordyn Walker 6. Aces (6) – Kat Rondeau 3