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Havre High spikers excited for their Corral debut

Havre takes on Bison tonight in Great Falls, battles Browning at home Saturday

 

September 5, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre's Ellie Collins sets a pass during last month's Blue/White Scrimmage. The Blue Ponies finally get to play inside the HHS gymnasium for real on Saturday when they host the Browning Indians. First up however, is a road match tonight against the Great Falls High Bison in Great Falls.

The Havre Blue Pony volleyball team is heading into week two of the young season and are looking to claim a victory twice, one against Great Falls and another at home against Browning.

Two games in one week will surely give the squad some opportunities to show off even more than the Ponies did in the Eastern A Preseason Tip-Off Tournament. Playing a Class AA squad, the Great Falls Bison, will kick off their week with a bang.

Great Falls is looking to bounce back from a very rough season in 2018. Their last season didn't go quite as planned. The Bison have a new season ahead of them, meaning new chances to get better and give it their all. Great Falls would win a game against Polson, a Class A school, last season. The Bison would then make the playoffs as a seventh seed, but ultimately fall short against Billings Skyview. Great Falls will come to win and take advantage of their season early against Havre today.

The Ponies' next game will be a home game against Browning Saturday. Browning ended their 2018 season with a 1-12 record overall and a 1-9 conference record. The Indians, led by former Havre High headman Bill Huebsch, will also be looking to have a better season this year and will be bringing some fire to their game against Havre. Browning will be a test for Havre to win and capitalize early in the season.

Havre High head coach Tamecia Jarvis is looking forward to the upcoming games.

"I think it's going to be great for our girls," said Jarvis. "I think they're excited to showcase what they have."

Havre has a reason to be excited about the upcoming games. With many players on the squad glowing with skill and talent, the Ponies are looking to be a force to be reckoned with when they play Great Falls and Browning.

The Blue Ponies have already displayed their skills and made some strong progress at the Eastern A Preseason Tip-Off Tournament. Good matches against teams like Lewistown, Laurel, Sidney, Livingston and Hardin, and especially giving the defending champs Billings Central a great match, have proved Havre can play with a dominant mindset.

The Blue Pony squad had some great highlights at the tournament, too. Senior Jessa Chvilicek had some major kills against Billings Central and played with great spirit. Another senior, Peyton Brown, showcased her skill as Havre's starting setter, making great serves to kick off and continue some good runs throughout the tournament. Overall, the team is fired up and ready to get on the court once again.

The Ponies' prowess will certainly give them an edge against the two teams this week, but they will also go into the matches knowing that their opponents are looking for a redemption tour this season. The competition will be fierce and the squads will be as determined as ever to start their season off on a good note.

Even with the games looking to be intense, Jarvis still has confidence in her squad to get the job done.

"They've worked really hard and they deserve a big crowd," notes Jarvis. "This team is going to be a team to watch."

Jarvis' words speak volumes, as the team has been grinding all summer and all preseason to make it to the top. Their hard work and great look will bring out the best in the matches they play. Fans should look forward to a season full of fun, excitement and heated competition in the Blue Pony spikers' season.

Week two of the 2019 season kicks off with a game at Great Falls High today at 4 p.m. for the Ponies. The squad will then return to defend the home court against Browning Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Havre High gymnasium.

 

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