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Dutton-Brady steals Northern C title

 


CHESTER - The Dutton-Brady Diamondbacks had everything working against them going into the championship match of the Northern C divisional volleyball tournament. The D-Backs had already lost to their opponent - the Chester Coyotes - earlier in the day, they had to beat the Coyotes twice to win the championship and they had to do all that on Chester's home floor Saturday night.

The Diamondbacks didn't let any of those factors stop them as they knocked off Chester 21-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-19, 15-1 and 25-20, 25-23, 26-24 to take the Northern C title and advance to next weekend's Class C state tournament in Lewistown. By finishing in the top two, the Coyotes also garnered an invitation to the state tournament.

Chester looked to be in the proverbial driver's seat on Saturday morning with a 8-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 win over Dutton-Brady in the first semifinal match. The Coyotes shook off a brutal first game and rallied to win three straight games to move into the championship match. Mary DeVries had nine kills, six digs and 11 blocks to lead Chester. JoAnna LaSorte also had solid match with 18 assists, seven digs and two aces.

Dutton-Brady was led by Bri Smith with 12 kills and Missy Wells with nine kills and 11 blocks.

The Diamondbacks shook off the loss to defeat Valier in the second semifinal 22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-14 to move into the championship match as Smith notched 17 kills and Wells added 12 in the win.

In the first championship, Chester looked to be well on its way to the title taking the first game 25-21. But the Coyotes' passing broke down and the Diamondbacks hitting got going as Dutton-Brady took games two and three. Chester rallied in game four as the emotions and crowd propelled them to a 25-19 win.

But after working so hard to force a deciding fifth game, Chester's communication and passing broke down.

Dutton-Brady reeled off nine unanswered points to open the game. Chester finally got on the board with a DeVries kill, but the deficit was too great. The Diamondbacks got a pair of kills from Wells to finish off Chester 15-1 and force a second championship match.

Wells finished with a match-high 12 kills and 12 blocks while Stephanie Beckham had 15 digs and four aces. Chester was led by DeVries with 14 digs, nine blocks and seven kills. Courtney Fraser added eight kills and 11 digs in the loss.

After getting that far, Dutton-Brady wasn't going to be denied. The Diamondbacks continued their strong hitting and capitalized on several Chester errors to win a tightly contested match.

Chester had opportunities throughout the match, even after dropping the first two games, the Coyotes led game three, 15-3.

But Dutton-Brady rallied and Ashlee Johnson's block knotted the game at 22. A kill and block from Brianna Smith gave the Diamondbacks the lead and Stephanie Beckham's tip clinched the match

Wells and Smith combined for 13 kills, while Amanda Reeves dished out 14 assists and picked up nine digs. Fraser led Chester with nine kills and 10 digs while Keyla Wendland added seven kills and 10 assists.

The rest of the Northern C tournament was not kind to District 6C teams. The Blue Sky Eagles were the only other District 6C team to pick up a win in the tournament.

After falling to Valier in their opening game, the Eagles rebounded to knock off conference foe Big Sandy 24-26, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18 on Friday morning in loser-out action. Kaila Warren had 13 kills, eight aces and seven digs to lead Blue Sky. Raynee Pearson had 14 kills and seven blocks for the Pioneers. Blue Sky was eliminated on Friday night by the Belt Huskies 26-24, 18-25, 25-14, 25-15. Lindsay Anderson had eight blocks, eight digs and four aces to lead the Eagles.

THURSDAY

Dutton-Brady def. Big Sandy

25-17, 25-9, 25-16

Dutton-Brady - Kills 26 (Bri Smith 9, Ashlee Johnson 8), Assists 26 (Amanda Reeves 15), Aces 15 (Smith 5, Missy Wells 4), Digs 5 (Amanda Reeves 4 ), Blocks 12 (Wells 5, Smith 4 ).

Big Sandy - Kills 13 (Raynee Pearson 7), Assists 13 (Mikki Hammons 12), Aces 6 (Sarah Yirsa 2, Shalayna Pearson 2), Digs 36 (Jessica Amsbaugh 8, R. Pearson 8), Blocks 16 (R. Pearson 8).

Valier def. Blue Sky

25-15, 25-22, 28-26

Valier - Kills (Kristen Diede 16, Alisha Snyder 13), Assists (April Davidson 23), Aces (Maranda Laverdue 5), Digs (Diede 17, Karlee Augare 11, Cayla DeBoo 11), Blocks (Alisha Snyder 2).

Blue Sky - Kills (Lindsay Anderson 9, Kaila Warren), Assists (Jourdon Han 11, Holly Haas 9), Aces (none), Digs (Haas 6, Warren 6), Blocks (Anderson 10, Warren 7).

Chester def. Highwood

25-22, 25-15, 25-22

Chester - Kills 25 (Keyla Wendland 9, Courtney Fraser 6), Assists 26 (Wendland 13, JoAnna LaSorte 13), Aces 7 (Mary DeVries 4), Digs 33 (Fraser 11, Wolfe 8), Blocks 29 (Shawnee Norick 11, DeVries 8).

Highwood - Kills 22 (Whitney Baum 11, Jenna Jordan 7), Assists 17 (Donnetta Gondeiro 11), Aces 4 (Jordan 3), Digs 49 (Baum 12, Jordan 12, Gondeiro 11), Blocks 13 (Baum 5, Jordan 5).

Belt def. Box Elder

25-17, 25-19, 25-13

Belt - Kills (Megan Wichman 14, Carly Rasha 9), Assists (Wichman 11, Rasha 9), Aces (three tied with 3), Digs (Kelsey Bumgarner 10, Wichman 7 ), Blocks (Wichman 8).

Box Elder - Kills (Codi Raining Bird 4, Tasha Parisian 4), Assists (Connie Menard 9), Aces (Menard 4, Raining Bird 4), Digs (Menard 11, Tori Belcourt 7), Blocks (none).

FRIDAY

Highwood def. Box Elder

25-14, 16-25, 25-21, 25-21 (loser-out)

Highwood - Kills 32 (Jenna Jordan 12), Assists 20 (Megan Grove 13), Aces 10 (Donnetta Gondern 3), Blocks 10 (Whitney Baum 6), Digs 71 (Jordan 18).

Box Elder - Kills 18 (Tori Belcourt 8), Assists 12 (Connie Menard 10), Aces 4 (Codi Raining Bird 4), Blocks 6 (Belcourt 3), Digs 70 (Menard 16).

Blue Sky def. Big Sandy

24-26, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18 (loser-out)

Blue Sky - Kills 29 (Kaila Warren 13), Assists 30 (Megan Warren 13), Aces 15 (K. Warren 8), Blocks 12 (K. Warren 7), Digs 24 (Lindsay Anderson 8).

Big Sandy - Kills 25 (Raynee Pearson 14), Assists 17 (Mikki Harmons 14), Aces 4 (Jessica Amsbaugh, Shalayna Pearson 2), Blocks 10 (R. Pearson 7), Digs 21 (S. Pearson, Naomi Williams 8).

Dutton-Brady def. Valier

25-11, 26-24, 25-23 (winner's bracket)

Dutton-Brady - Kills 25 (Bri Smith 12), Assists 25 (Amanda Reese 20), Aces 11 (Steph Beckham 5), Blocks 17 (Missy Wells, Ashlee Johnson, Kayla Bokma 5), Digs 39 (Beckham 14).

Valier - Kills 27 (Kristen Diede 15), Assists 22 (April Davidson 21), Aces 5 (Karlee Augare, Layla DeBoo 2), Blocks 11 (Diede 6), Digs 45 (Augare 15).

Chester def. Belt

26-24, 25-13, 25-14 (winner's bracket)

Chester - Kills 29 (Courtney Fraser 9), Assists 21 (Keyla Wendland 11), Aces 18 (Wendland, Mary DeVries 4), Blocks 12 (DeVries 4), Digs 19 (Fraser 6).

Belt - Kills 27 (Carly Rasha 13), Assists 19 (Megan Wichman, Rasha 7), Aces 5 (Wichman, Rasha 2), Blocks 13 (Wichman 7), Digs 24 (Wichman 8).

Valier def. Highwood

25-20, 26-28, 25-13, 25-14 (loser-out)

Valier - Kills 42 (Kristen Diede 23), Assists 33 (April Davidson 33), Aces 12 (Cayla DeBoo 5), Digs 67 (DeBoo 18), Blocks 6 (Aisha Snyder 3).

Highwood - Kills 32 (Whitney Baum 14), Assists 27 (Donnetta Gondeiro 20), Aces 8 (Jenna Jordan 4), Digs 76 (Baum 17), Blocks 10 (Baum 5, Jordan 5).

Belt def. Blue Sky

26-24, 18-25, 25-14, 25-15 (loser-out)

Blue Sky - Kills (Kaila Warren 10), Assists (Jourdon Han 9), Aces (Lindsay Anderson 4), Digs (Anderson 8), Blocks (Anderson 8).

Belt - Kills 53 (Megan Wichman 23), Assists 37 (Wichman 14), Aces 14 (Wichman 5), Digs 39 (Carly Rasha 11), Blocks 14 (Rasha 7).

SATURDAY

Chester def. Dutton-Brady

8-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-20

Chester - Kills 31 (Mary DeVries 9), Blocks 40 (DeVries 11), Aces 10 (Brianne Wolf 3), Digs 23 (JoAnna LaSorte 7), Assists 34 (LaSorte 18).

Dutton-Brady - Kills 32 (Bri Smith 12), Blocks 21 (Missy Wells 11), Aces 8 (Smith 4), Digs 60 (Steph Beckham 23), Assists 32 (Amanda Reeve 19).

Valier def. Belt

25-15, 25-22, 25-14 (loser-out, Belt finishes fourth)

Valier - Kills 33 (Aisha Snyder 17), Blocks 14 (Snyder 8), Aces 13 (Maranda Laverdure 7), Digs 59 (Karlee Augare 16), Assists 26 (April Davidson 23).

Belt - Kills 27 (Megan Wichman 13), Blocks 18 (Carly Rasha 11), Aces 5 (Wichman 2, Kelsey Bumgarner 2), Digs 46 (Bumgarner 17), Assists 21 (Rasha 11).

Dutton-Brady def. Valier

22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-14

(semifinal/loser-out, Valier finishes third)

Dutton-Brady - Kills 42 (Bri Smith 17), Assists 42 (Amanda Reeve 32), Aces 13 (Ashlee Johnson, Steph Beckham 4), Blocks 18 (Johnson, Missy Wells 6), Digs 67 (Beckham 23).

Valier - Kills 26 (Aisha Snyder 11), Assists 14 (April Davidson 13), Aces 5 (Davidson, Cayla DeBoo 2), Blocks 9 (Snyder 5), Digs 64 (Kristen Diede, Snyder 16).

Dutton-Brady def. Chester

21-25, 25-15, 16-25, 25-19, 15-1

(first championship)

Dutton-Brady - Kills 27 (Missy Wells 12), Assists 27 (Amanda Reeve 20), Aces 13 (Kayla Bakma, Steph Beckham 4), Blocks 26 (Wells 12), Digs 51 (Beckham 15).

Chester - Kills 24 (Mary DeVries 7), Assists 21 (Keyla Wendland 13), Aces 18 (JoAnna LaSorte 9), Blocks 29 (DeVries 9), Digs 48 (DeVries 14).

Dutton-Brady def. Chester

25-20, 25-23, 26-24

(second championship)

Dutton-Brady - Kills 20 (Bri Smith 6), Assists 20 (Amanda Reeve 14), Aces 8 (Smith, Steph Beckham 3), Blocks 27 (Missy Wells 11), Digs 39 (Beckham 10).

Chester - Kills 20 (Courtney Fraser 9), Assists 23 (Keyla Wendland 13), Aces 5 (JoAnna Lasorte 2), Blocks 26 (Shawnee Norick 13), Digs 18 (Fraser 10).

 

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