Shelby senior Bailey Johnson keeps the ball in play Friday night during the Lady Coyotes Senior Night, three set, win over over Conrad in the final regular season match.

The Shelby Coyotes volleyball team had a busy week the final week of the season. They played the Cut Bank Wolves on Oct. 22, then traveled to Rocky Boy on Oct. 24 and hosted Conrad on  Friday, Oct. 25 for the Coyotes final match of the season at home and Senior Night. The Coyotes recognized 10 senior players and two senior managers.

The Coyotes defeated Cut Bank 25-14, 25-21, 25-9. The Coyotes had 10 aces for the match. Maddison Underdal had 4, Brook Luly 3, Brogan McAllister 2, and Brielle Aklestad 1. They had 35 kills. Luly led the way with 11, Bailey Johnson added 10, and Underdal had 7. Assisting on the kills were Johnson with 16 and Luly with eight. The team had 24 digs. Kendall Anderson picked up eight and Luly had six. Johnson had the team’s two blocks.

Shelby took down Rocky Boy in three straight sets, 25-11, 25-21, 25-8. The spikers had a season high 17 aces. McAllister served 7, Johnson had 4, Luly had 3, Underdal chipped in two and Avery Hoover had 1. The Coyotes had 31 kills and 31 assists. Leading in kills was Underdal with 10, Luly had 7 and McAllister totaled 5. Johnson collected 15 assists, and Luly had 13. Of the teams 27 digs, Anderson had a team-high 9, Makayla Haight, McAllister, Reese Whitted, Johnson and Luly all had three. Underdal had four of the team’s six blocks.

Friday against Conrad, Shelby again won in three straight sets, 25-19, 25-15, and 27-25. 

Coach Jessica Brusven said, “ Friday night was an emotional night with senior night. We had a great crowd.” 

The team had 9 aces, 6 from Luly, 2 from Johnson, and 1 from Underdal. Underdal collected 11 of the team’s 30 kills. Johnson added 10, and Aklestad had 5. Luly led the team in assists with 17, and Johnson added 9. Anderson picked up 11 digs, and Underdal had 8. Johnson had four of the teams 6 blocks, and Underdal and Aklestad had 1 each. 

 “We have such a great group of seniors this year. They work hard on the court and in the classroom. They have also been great role models for the younger girls. They have made some great improvements fundamentally as well,” said Brusven.

 “We were all pretty happy with how we ended the season. We finished in second due to us playing five sets in our win versus Choteau versus them defeating us in four. We will play at 11:30 a.m. on Friday in Choteau against Rocky Boy to kick off the district tournament.”

Coach Brusven added, “We would like to thank all of our parents, families, and friends who have supported us throughout the season. We sincerely appreciate it and hope that you will come down to Choteau and cheer us on at the district tournament.” 

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