Cut Bank senior Kendall Hibbs goes up for a kill shot Thursday night against Browning while teammates Madison Baker (16) and Camille Bradley (5) come to the net.

The Cut Bank Lady Wolves volleyball team opened a trio of non-conference tilts with a victory over Browning at home before before falling to Malta and Harlem on the road last week. 

The local spikers took a 2-0 lead over Browning last Thursday as they won the first two games 25-15, 25-15. The Lady Indians dominated the third game 25-13 but Cut Bank regained the momentum and closed out the match 25-14. 

Brianne Murphy led the Lady Wolves with 10 assists and eight kills while serving up three aces in the win. Camille Bradley followed with eight assists and four kills while Madi Baker and Kendall Hibbs each also tallied four kills. Sienna Spotted Bear led the defense with nine digs followed by Jackie Waller with six. Waller also served up four aces in the win.

The road was unkind to the Lady Wolves as they were swept by Malta 25-18, 25-14, 25-23. 

Bradley led the way with six assists and five aces and three kills followed by Murphy with four assists and two aces. Sienna Spotted Bear recorded seven digs to lead the defense followed by Paayton Branch with five digs. Kendra Spotted Bear and Branch each tallied two kills in the loss. 

The Lady Wolves dropped a close first game to Harlem 27-25 but that was as close as Cut Bank would get to a win as they were again swept 25-14, 25-15. 

Branch led the offense with four kills followed by Spotted Bear, Bradley and Murphy with two apiece. Kendra Spotted Bear recorded two blocks to lead the defense at the net while Sienna Spotted Bear led the back row with 16 digs. 

First year coach Chelsey Brown is optimistic about the young Lady Wolves squad going forward. 

“The girls are all in new starting positions this year,” said the coach. “We have some kinks to work out but when the girls get their positions down I am confident we will have a successful season.”

The Lady Wolves are back in action this week as they host Rocky Boy on Friday in their lone game of the week, which will also be Senior Night. Varsity action will follow the junior varsity game, which is set to start at 4 p.m.

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