Shelby junior Jori Clary tips the ball over Cut Bank’s Emmalee Vanek Friday night at the District 1B tournament in Fairfield.

The Shelby Coyotes volleyball team qualified for the Northern B Divisional Tournament with a third place finish at the District Tournament last weekend in Fairfield. Shelby lost to Fairfield, before defeating Cut Bank and Conrad, and then lost again to Fairfield.

This weekend the Coyotes will travel to Glasgow for the Divisional Tournament on Nov. 4-6. They open against Malta on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 11:45 a.m.

The Lady Coyotes were defeated in their opening match by the Eagles. The loss set up a match-up with Cut Bank in loser-out action on Friday. Shelby defeated Cut Bank in three straight games. Scores and statistics from Friday’s action were not available.

Saturday the Coyotes played the Cowgirls for a chance of a rematch with Fairfield and defeated them in three games, 25-17, 25-15, and 25-18.

Shelby had 41 kills and were led by Cami Blevins with 15 and Jori Clary added 10. Vivi McDermott hustled for 34 of the team’s 42 assists. Clary led the team with three aces followed by Shelbee Correa and Emma Taylor with two each. Taylor led the team in digs with 19, and Blevins collected 12.

In their rematch with Fairfield, Shelby fought hard but lost, 25-16, 27-25, and 25-20.

Blevins led the way with 11 of the team’s 32 kills and Blair Luly had nine. McDermott had 23 of the team’s 29 assists and Adele Lamb had three. Luly had two of the team’s three blocks, and Taylor had 17 digs, followed by Clary with 13. McDermott had a team-high three aces for the match.

“We came out fired up and ready to play in every match we played this weekend which was a real improvement from past matches during the season,” said head coach Lexy Fisher.

During the third set of the Conrad match Fisher said the Coyotes lost a player to injury. “We were able to finish that match with a win.­­ In our Fairfield match that followed, our entire team, including freshmen Adele Lamb and Reese Lee, really stepped up and did everything they could to fill that role.”

Fisher noted, “We had our ups and down over the weekend. We are definitely not satisfied, because we know what we are capable of accomplishing so much more.”

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