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Blue Ponies spike Browning in home opener


September 9, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Havre High senior Cassidy Acor goes for a kill during Saturday's match between the Blue Ponies and Browning Indians at the Havre High gymnasium. The Ponies beat the Indians in four sets.

The Havre High volleyball team had been anticipating their first home match of the season against the Browning Indians.

The Blue Ponies continued to show their shining potential by defeating Browning Saturday in the Havre High Gymnasium in four games.

Havre would win the opening set 25-13, lose the second 26-24, then stampede through the third (25-12) and fourth (25-17) sets to claim the victory in a spectacular home win. The club has a lot to look forward to for the rest of their season.

Head coach Tamecia Jarvis was pleased with how her squad played.

"Lots of things went well for us," said Jarvis. "I think three out of the four sets we played well. We played pretty decent. We got down a little bit and came back."

It was quite the comeback for the Ponies, indeed. But the first set put forth the game the Blue Ponies looked to play.

Havre kicked off their first score after Browning opened on a kill. The Ponies would then move up 2-1, but the Indians would push back and would make the score 6-5 after some heated volleys. Havre would then go on a 4-0 run to take the lead 9-6.

The Ponies and Indians would then go back and forth, the score being 17-13, with Havre still leading. The Ponies would then go on an 8-0 run, ending with a kill by senior Jessa Chvilicek to win the first set, making the match 1-0 Havre.

The second set was rough for the Havre club. Browning would open with a 3-0 run, then Havre set the score to 9-9. The Indians would make a block and take the lead 10-9, but then the Blue Ponies went on a 3-0 run to make it 12-10. The rest of the second set became a slug-fest.

Havre would score a bit and Browning would answer, making it difficult for the Ponies to keep up. Browning capitalized the rest of the set, winning 26-24, tying the match 1-1.

The third set would be the Ponies' chance to take the lead again in the match and they delivered. The Blue Ponies would open it with an ace from senior Peyton Brown, then go back and forth with Browning for a while, tying the score 7-7. Havre would give Browning a tough time, pulling off a dominant 9-0 run. The Indians would score some more points but would ultimately fall to a Blue Pony 6-0 run. As a result, Havre would reclaim the lead in the match 2-1.

The fourth and final set would be a great one for the Ponies.

After starting down 2-0 to the Indians, Havre would explode on a 6-0 run. Browning would try to respond with some heated play, but the Ponies would continue to make multiple 3-0 runs to stay on top.

Two Havre 5-0 runs and a 2-0 run would cap off the Blue Pony victory over the Indians, who fought hard to try and take the lead, but the fourth set would end with a 25-17 score and a 3-1 match score, giving HHS their second win of the young season.

Havre's club had an amazing showcase all around, but the team had some standouts throughout the match. Chvilicek led the squad with 13 kills, Brown led assists with 20, and senior Sam Oliver racked up 10 digs. The team also showed prowess in aces and blocks.

Chvilicek was very happy with their first home win.

"I feel really good," Chvilicek said. "I think we're gonna have a good season and a big road ahead of us."

Havre looks to have many of their pieces in place to continue their dominant season. But, even with the Blue Pony victory, Jarvis sees some things the squad needs to polish to prepare for their next match.

"Communication was a little lost at times," Jarvis said. "After today (Saturday) we definitely need to work on serving because I don't how many serves we missed, but it was too many for me and, then, just team play."

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Quinn McDonald hits a ball during Saturday's match at the HHS gymnasium.

With the team having pinpointed their weaknesses in their game against Browning, Havre looks to keep up the hard work and keep improving, so they will be prepared for Tuesday's match against their next opponent, Great Falls CMR.

Another Class AA team stands in the Ponies' way and Havre will have to make it past Great Falls CMR to keep their season on a good note. The Blue Ponies play CMR Tuesday at 4 in the Havre High Gymnasium.

Havre def. Browning

25-13, 24-26, 25-13, 25-17

HAV – Kills 38 (Chvilicek 13, Oliver 07, Acor 06), Assists 21 (Brown 20, Oliver 1), Digs 33 (Oliver 10, Brown 09, Wilting 05), Blocks 06 (Chvilicek 5, Oliver 1.5), Aces 11 (Adkins 03, Chvilicek 02, Maloughney 02, Brown 01)

BRO – Kills 12 (Gianna Vickers 08), Assists 13 (H. Bullshoe 13), Digs 28 (Payton Crossguns 19), Blocks 09 (Abby Bullcalf 05), Aces 04 (T. Crowspreadshiswings 04).


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