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The Shelby Lady Coyotes claimed the championship title at the Chinook Invitational last weekend. Pictured are, left to right, Jori Clary, Taylor Schilling, Vivi McDermott, Shelbee Corea, Blair Luly, Emma Taylor, Emersyn Hoover, Michelle Celander, Cami Blevins and head coach Lexy Fisher.

The Shelby Coyotes lost a close match to Malta, 20-25, 24-26, and 22-25, and then went on to claim the championship of the Chinook Invitational. Shelby defeated Cut Bank Chinook, and Glasgow to win the tourney title.

Shelby played well but couldn’t pull off the win against Malta. Jori Clary and Cami Blevins led the team in kills with six and five respectively. Vivi McDermott totaled 12 assists, and Clary and Blair Luly had one block each. Shelbee Corea added 17 digs, two assists, and two aces for the Coyotes. Blevins and McDermott each added two aces apiece.

In the remaining matches, Blevins led the team in digs with 39, blocks with five, and kills with 28. Clary added 38 digs, 25 kills, and six aces. McDermott led the team with nine aces, and 79 assists. Blair Luly chipped in five blocks.

“The girls were able to get a lot of matches which is really helping us see what areas we need to work on as we start our conference matches this week,” said head coach Lexy Fisher. “We played well defensively this weekend and were aggressive at the net. These girls love volleyball so much, tournaments like this are a lot of fun. They really came together and played well as a team.”

The Lady Coyote spikers have their first home match Thursday, Sept. 9, against Cut Bank. Action will begin with the C squad at 4:15 p.m., followed by the JV and varsity games. Shelby will travel to Conrad Saturday, with the first game starting at 2 p.m.

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