The Shelby Lady Coyotes went to Wolf Point for the Divisional Volleyball tournament looking to keep their season alive and advance to the State tournament in Bozeman. Coach Jessica Brusven’s team succeeded in their mission, placing third at the tournament.
Shelby opened the tournament against the host team Wolf Point. The Lady Coyotes started off slowly but came back to defeat the Wolves in four sets, 23-25, 25-13, 25-19, and 25-13.
The Coyotes had 16 aces in the match, seven from Brook Luly, two each from Bailey Johnson, and Kendall Anderson, and one each from Alexis McCracken, Avery Hoover, and Maddison Underdal.
The Coyotes had 57 digs, and were led by Johnson with 12, Reese Whitted with 11 and Anderson with nine. There were eight blocks. Underdal led with four, McCracken, Hoover, Johnson, and Vivi McDermott had one apiece.
The team tallied 38 kills. Underdal collected 18, Luly had eight, and Hoover and Johnson had five each. Luly had a team-high 16 assists, and Johnson had 14.
Next up the Lady Coyotes defeated the Glasgow Scotties in five games, 19-25, 16-25, 25-10, 25-13 and 15-12.
“Glasgow is a very talented team and evenly matched matchup for us. We started slowly but finished very strong. I was very proud of the intensity that the girls played with in the final three sets,” said Brusven. “Maddison came on strong and really set the tone for the last 3 sets.”
The Coyotes had 16 aces in this contest. Luly, Whitted, and Johnson each had four. Underdal had a team-high 21 kills, Luly added 10 and Johnson came up with eight.
Luly had 19 of the teams 44 assists, and Johnson added 17, Brogan Mcallister came up with four, and Underdal and Hoover each had two. Luly, Anderson, and Brielle Aklestad each had a team-high 14 digs. Underdal led in blocks with four, McAllister added three, Johnson two, and Hoover one.
Friday brought a familiar foe in Choteau. The Lady Coyotes won the first game 25-22, but lost the next three, 13-25, 14-25, and 12-25.
“Choteau is a very disciplined and fundamentally strong team. Collectively, we did not pass the ball as well as we normally do, which led to some troubles hitting the court with many of our attacks. Brogan did a great job for us defensively, picking up 15 digs in the match,” said Brusven.
The Coyotes had eight aces; three each from McAllister and Luly, and one each from Johnson and Aklestad. The team came up with 66 digs; 15 from McAllister, 13 from Anderson, 11 from Whitted and10 from Luly.
The team only had 25 kills. Underdal had nine, Johnson had six and Luly had five. Johnson led assists with 12, Luly had 10, McDermott chipped in two, and Whitted one.
Saturday the Lady Coyotes had a rematch with Glasgow, this one didn’t go as well, and the Coyotes fell in four, 25-13, 20-25, 19-25, and 24-26.
Shelby managed eight aces in the match with three from Whitted two from McAllister and Anderson, and one from Johnson. The team did have 40 kills. Underdal led with 21, followed by eight from Johnson, six from Luly, four from Aklestad, and one from McAllister.
Luly had a team-high 18 assists. Johnson was close behind with 17, Whitted McAllister, and Underdal each had one. Johnson led the team in digs with 22 followed by Luly, Whitted, McAllister, and Underdal with 11. Underdal had six of the teams’ 10 blocks. Johnson had two and Whitted and Luly each had one.
Coach Brusven and the team really appreciate the band and cheerleaders, as well as the parents and fans, for making the trip to Wolf Point. “We love the support! We hope to see many fans in the stands in the Montana State University Fieldhouse,” said Brusven.
“We will open up with Florence-Carlton at noon on Thursday. Florence is the No. 1 team from the Western Division. We had the opportunity to play them at the preseason tournament in Choteau and then the mid-season tournament in Boulder. In Choteau, we defeated them 21-20 and 21-19, then dropped two sets in round two of pool play, 20-21 and 19-21. Then in Boulder we lost the first set 19-21, then won the second 21-20. We are two very evenly matched teams,” pointed out Brusven.
“We are excited about the matchup and the opportunity to play them again. They have an outstanding outside hitter, so we are going to have to play very disciplined defensively,” she concluded.