Shelby’s Maddison Underdal tracks down a ball to punch over the net Friday afternoon against Malta at the Northern Divisional Tournament in Conrad. 

The Shelby Coyotes volleyball Team wrapped up their season with a third place finish at the divisional tournament, posting a 3-2 record. The Lady Yotes beat Wolf Point 25-14, 25-14, and 15-11; Glasgow, 23-25, 27-25, 25-22, 24-16, and 15-10; and Malta 22-25, 25-18, 25-18, 21-25, and 15-10. They lost to eventual state qualifiers Choteau (16-25, 26-24, 9-25, and 17-25) and Fairfield (24-26, 25-19, 26-28, and 20-25). 

The State Class “B” Volleyball Tournament will be played in Shelby on Nov. 12-14. The Montana High School Association named Shelby as the site on Nov. 4. Due to COVID-19, fans will be limited to the teams competing in the tournament. 

Shelby opened the tournament hosting Glasgow. They played five exciting games and came out victorious. Leading Shelby in the Glasgow match was Maddison Underdal with 17 of the team’s 32 kills. Jory Clary had five. Underdal also led defensively with four blocks and eight digs. Cami Blevins and Clary both added six digs in the effort. Vivi McDermott collected 23 assists for the team. Clary led the team with four aces, followed closely by Underdal and Taylor Schilling with two each. 

Shelby struggled with Choteau in the next round. Underdal and Clary again led in kills with 17 and six respectively. Underdal had all six of the team’s blocks, and Adria Lamb, picked up 19 digs, and McDermott was close with 16. McDermott had 17 assists and Blevins collected four for the Coyotes. Blevins had the lone ace for the team. 

Shelby needed to regroup against Glasgow on Friday, Nov. 6. They came together and battled to earn the five-game win. 

Underdal smashed 10 kills in the game and Clary added nine. Underdal also stopped four Glasgow kills, and scooped up 23 digs. Clary was right behind her with 19 digs. McDermott had 26 of the team’s 35 assists. Clary served two aces.

The win propelled Shelby into a match up with Malta. The Coyotes dug in and came away with the five-set victory. The Coyotes collected 45 kills. Underdal led with 15, and Clary added eight. Underdal had 7 of the team’s eight kills. Jaci Johannes had a team-high 17 digs, and Blevins added 15. McDermott had 26 assists and Johannes had seven. Clary and Blevins each had three aces for the victorious Coyotes. 

Shelby then faced Fairfield with a trip to the state tournament on the line. Shelby came up short, losing in four. Underdal and Clary led in kills with 15 and eight. Underdal had eight blocks to lead the team, while McDermott had 21 assists. Underdal had a team-high 16 digs, and Blevins and Clary had 14 each. Shelby had 10 aces, led by Clary with five and Underdal and Johannes with two each. 

 “I am extremely proud of these girls and everything they accomplished this year. They grew so much as a team in the face of adversity. We were points away from playing at the state tournament. They fought for every last point and played a lot of matches,” said head coach Lexie Fisher.

 “Our varsity team for the district and divisional tournament included Maddison Underdal, Jaci Johannes, Adria Lamb, Vivi McDermott, Taylor Schilling, Emma Taylor, Jori Clary, Shelbee Correa, Elise Asper and Cameron Blevins. Jazzmyn Ewing was our manager and Emersyn Hoover was our alternate. We have a lot of young girls that will be back next year and I know we have a bright future ahead for Shelby volleyball,” she concluded.

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