Last week’s surprise volleyball match between Cut Bank and Browning looked like a blowout in the opening sets as the Lady Indians narrowly lost 26-24 in the first. A disappointing 25-13 second set seemed to have spelled likely defeat for Browning, but they gathered their strength and came back to win the next three sets, 26-24, 25-21 and 25-17.
“I have to give credit to those girls,” Coach Dan Connelly said. “They could easily have quit, but they came together for three big wins. We had some service errors and mistakes on rotation, but it was a great effort and fun to watch. We’ve been working on closing the game; we needed to learn that, so in practice we had a clock and would practice coming from behind, and it paid off.”
Browning had 27 kills, led by Jerel McEvers-Whitegrass with 10 and C. Guardipee with six. L. McClean led in blocks, having scored five of 11 and Guardipee scoring four. Larissa Lahr had 13 of 41 digs, with Jerel McEvers-Whitegrass having six. There were 55 assists, with Natalie St. Goddard scoring 25 and Sierha Eaton with 17. Jerel McEvers-Whitegrass had eight of 21 aces, with St. Goddard and Susan Connelly scoring six apiece.
This week, the Lady Indians host Havre on Thursday, Sept. 16, when the freshmen start at 4:15, the JVs at 5:45 and the varsity plays at 7:15 p.m. Then on Saturday, Sept. 18, they host Libby when the freshmen start at 1 p.m., JVs at 2:30 and the varsity plays at 4 p.m.
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