Havre Daily News Sports Editor
The 2005 Montana high school volleyball season got underway this past weekend with teams in the area trying to start the season off on a good note.
The Chinook Sugarbeeters' debut in Class C was a dominant one. The Beeters crushed the Box Elder Bears 25-9, 25-9, 25-10 on Friday in Box Elder. Chinook served up a whopping 27 aces in the match led by Gen Burkhartsmeyer's seven aces. Georgia Barber banged out nine kills and Crystal Roseberry added 17 assists in the win. No individual stats were available for Box Elder.
Perennial District 6C power Chester/J-I started off its season with a pair of wins. The Hi-Line Hawks cruised past a good Sunburst squad 25-17, 25-15, 25-22 Friday night in Chester.
The Hawks were paced by a solid all-around performance from Keyla Briese, who racked up 12 kills, 22 assists and three digs in the win. Hannah Pimley had a solid debut for Chester/J-I with seven kills and seven blocks. Joanna LaSorte added 25 assists and three aces in the win.
Chester/J-I made it a perfect weekend with a 25-13, 25-23, 25-12 win over new rival North Star High on Saturday night in Rudyard.
Pimley had a big game against some of her former teammates with 11 kills, six digs and three aces. She got some help from LaSorte, who added nine assists, while Brianne Wolfe had a match-high eight blocks.
North Star was led by Tasha Dyrland, who had 10 kills and four blocks in the loss.
Also on Saturday, the Big Sandy Pioneers defeated Rocky Boy 25-17, 25-9, 25-13 in Rocky Boy. Shalayna Pearson had 11 kills and two blocks to lead Big Sandy. Kacy Herron dished out 15 assists, while Naomi Williams added eight aces.
Rocky Boy got four fills and two aces from Frances Eagleman, while Courtney St. Pierre added nine digs in the loss.
In Class B volleyball action, the Harlem Wildcats found the M-Ette Invitational in Malta a tough way to start the season.
Harlem failed to win a game in pool play or match in tourney play against some very good competition. The host M-Ettes won the tournament, defeating Plentywood 25-16, 25-22 in the championship. Shelby finished third, defeating Wolf Point in the consolation match.
Pool Play (1 game)
Lustre Christian def. Plentywood 25-21
Malta def. Nashua 25-12
Malta def. Harlem 25-8
Plentywood def. Nashua 25-19
Nashua def. Lustre Christian 25-23
Plentywood def. Harlem 25-9
Malta def. Plentywood 25-24
Lustre Christian def. Harlem 25-13
Malta def. Lustre Christian 25-16
Wolf Point def. Culbertson 25-24
Saco/Hinsdale def. Poplar 25-8
Shelby def. Poplar 25-13
Wolf Point def. Saco/Hinsdale 25-23
Shelby def. Wolf Point 25-23
Culbertson def. Saco/Hinsdale 25-17
Wolf Point def. Poplar 25-11
Shelby def. Culbertson 25-18
Shelby def. Saco/Hinsdale 25-14
Culbertson def. Poplar 25-14
Lustre Christian def. Poplar 24-25, 25-10
Wolf Point def. Nashua 25-21, 25-21
Malta def. Lustre Christian 25-20, 25-22
Malta def. Wolf Point 25-13, 25-12
Culbertson def. Harlem 25-15, 25-15
Plentywood def. Saco/Hinsdale 17-25, 25-15
Shelby def. Culbertson 25-17, 25-22
Plentywood def. Shelby 25-17, 25-18
Shelby def. Wolf Point 25-23, 25-20
Malta def. Plentywood 25-16, 25-22
Chester/J-I def. Sunburst
25-17, 25-15, 25-22
Chester/J-I - Kills 35 (Keyla Briese 12, Hannah Pimley 7, Ashley Martin 6), Assists 47 (Joanna LaSorte 25, Keyla Briese 22), Aces 5 (Joanna LaSorte 3), Digs 16 (Brianne Wolfe 3, Amanda Violett 3), Blocks 28 (/Brianne Wolfe 11, Hannah Pimley 7).
Sunburst - Kills 33 (Angela Tomscheck 8, Raynee Pace 7), Assists 22 (Kendra Hovland 13, Rachel Schulz 9), Aces 5 (Kendra Hovland 2), Digs 10 (Kallie Johannsen 3), Blocks 5 (Raynee Pace 2).
Chinook def. Box Elder
25-9, 25-9, 25-10
Chinook - Kills 24 (Georgia Barber 9), Assists 18 (Crystal Roseberry 17), Aces 29 (Gen Burkhartsmeyer 7), Digs 5 (Gen Burkhartsmeyer 2 ), Blocks 3 (Kassie Dugan 3).
Box Elder - Individual statistics unavailable
Chester/J-I def. North Star
25-13, 25-23, 25-12
Chester/J-I - Kills 25 (Hannah Pimley 11), Assists 15 (Joanna LaSorte 9), Aces 8 (Hannah Pimley 3), Digs 20 (Hannah Pimley 6), Blocks 16 (Brianne Wolfe 8).
North Star - Kills 12 (Tasha Dyrland 10), Assists 6 (Megan Warren 6), Aces 2 (Maia Aageson 1, Megan Warren 1), Digs 5 (Courtney Wendland 2), Blocks 4 (Tasha Dyrland 4).
Big Sandy def. Rocky Boy
25-17, 25-9, 25-13
Big Sandy leaders - Kills NA (Shalayna Pearson 11), Assists NA (Kacy Herron 15), Aces NA (Naomi Williams 8), Digs NA (Jessica Amsbaugh 3), Blocks NA (Pearson 2)
Rocky Boy - Kills NA (Frances Eagleman 4), Assists NA (Rainbow Stump 4), Aces NA (Eagleman 2, Kelli Belcourt 2), Digs NA (Courtney St. Pierre 9).