The Shelby Coyotes went in to the district tournament in Choteau in second place and came out in the same position after a hard-fought two days of volleyball. For the Coyotes it was a weekend of ups and downs. The Coyotes will take on the Wolf Point Wolves at the divisional tournament on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. in their first match of the tournament.
At the district tourney, the Coyotes first match was versus Rocky Boy Morning Stars, and Shelby defeated them in three straight 26-24, 25-11, and 25-14.
Next up was the Fairfield Eagles and the Coyotes dispensed them in four games, 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19.
The Coyotes had 15 aces. Brook Luly had seven, Brogan McAllister had five, Vivi McDermott collected two, Brielle Aklestad had one. The team totaled 32 kills. Leading the way was Bailey Johnson with 10, Maddison Underdal had eight, Aklestad and Luly had five, and McAllister chipped in four. Luly had 12 of the teams 27 assists, and Johnson added 10. The team had 72 digs. McAllister and Johnson led with 15 each, Luly had 14, and Kendall Anderson nine. Underdal had four of the teams six blocks.
The semifinal match was next against host team Choteau. The Coyotes were victorious in five games, 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 11-25, 15-12. “This was an outstanding match for the Coyotes, except for a lull in the fourth set. It was full of season bests. The girls played their hearts out and played some outstanding volleyball,” said coach Jessica Brusven.
The team had nine aces, four by Luly, three by Underdal, and two by McAllister. The Coyotes also had 60 kills. Luly and Johnson led with 15 each, McAllister had 13, Underdal 10, Aklestad six and McDermott one. Luly and Johnson also led the team with 22 assists each. The team had 158 digs, McAllister led with 31, followed closely by Johnson and Reese Whitted with 29 and 27 respectively. Luly added 24, Anderson 17, Aklestad 16 and Underdal 14. The Coyotes had 19 blocks. Underdal stopped eight, Luly, Whitted and Johnson each had three and Aklestad had two.
Saturday was a different story for the Coyotes, losing both championship matches to the Bulldogs of Choteau. The first match was 9-25, 23-25, and 12-25. Johnson had two aces, four kills and 10 assists in the match. Underdal had 10 kills to lead the team, and Luly added six to go with her six assists.
“After a very slow start, the Coyotes played a competitive second set before falling in the third 12-25,” recapped Brusven.
The second championship match went four games, with the Coyotes losing 19-25, 27-25, 20-25, and 20-25. Shelby had nine aces. Johnson smashed four and Underdal had three. Underdal tallied 13 kills and Johnson totaled 11 while Luly had six. Luly had a team high 19 assists and Johnson added 15. Aklestad had 23 digs, and Johnson and McAllister had 16. Underdal had a team high four blocks.
“Although it was definitely not the finish that we wanted, we experienced some great learning opportunities and will be working diligently this week in preparation for the divisional tournament in Wolf Point,” concluded Brusven.