Written by Al Stover
The Wolf Point Lady Wolves’ varsity volleyball team competed in the 2013 Montana 2B Volleyball District Tournament Nov. 1-2 in the Wolves’ Den.
The Wolves competed against Poplar, Glasgow, Plentywood and Harlem.
Wolf Point faced the Poplar Indians in the first round of the tournament. After four sets, the Wolves defeated Poplar, 3-1. The set scores for the match were 22-25, 25-23, 25-10 and 25-23.
Both teams displayed good offense in the first set with Poplar showing good serving and Wolf Point having several kills. Despite the Lady Wolves being ahead, the Lady Indians gained momentum and came back to win the set, 25-22.
In the second set, Wolf Point was on a verge of a comeback as they took the lead and won the set, 25-23.
The Lady Wolves would display their dominating offense in the third set as they took the lead early and kept it through the duration of the set, winning 25-10.
Erin Presser, who played on the Lady Wolves’ junior varsity and varsity teams during the regular season, scored an ace early in the fourth set. Poplar’s Alyssa Youpee answered Presser’s ace with a kill.
Several Wolf Point players made kills of their own during this set. Christean Holen would lead the game in kills with 11.
The Wolves would keep their lead until Poplar came back and tied the set. After both teams scored points, Wolf Point pulled away and won the fourth set, 25-23.
In addition to the offense, both teams had good defense, having a combined 90 digs.
Less than two hours after their match against Poplar, Wolf Point played the Glasgow Lady Scotties, who received a bye into the second round of the tournament.
After five sets, the Lady Scotties defeated the Lady Wolves, 3-2. The set scores for the match were: 18-25, 25-12, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-4.
Wolf Point displayed some strong serving early in the first set. Sarah Hafner and Sierra Hanks made aces during the set.
After both teams scored points, the Lady Wolves took an early lead. Wolf Point fans cheered as the Lady Wolves took a commanding lead.
Fans roared during a play where Sonica Archdale and Carry Vandall made saves before Glasgow hit the ball out of bounds.
The Lady Scotties began to gain momentum, almost catching up to the Wolves; however Wolf Point pulled away to win the set, 25-18.
In the second set, Glasgow would score six consecutive points before the Lady Wolves had a chance to serve the ball. After they regained the ball Glasgow scored eight more points to continue their lead. They would win the set, 25-12.
Both teams displayed good offense In the third set, the Lady Wolves took a quick lead, scoring six points with Holen, T’Elle Evans and Mariah Weeks making kills. Glasgow’s Megan Dailey made kills of her own during the set and would lead the match with 17.
After several exchanges, the Lady Wolves would win the set, 25-22.
The fourth set would be as close as the third, with Glasgow and Wolf Point trading the lead several times. Unfortunately, Glasgow would win the set in the end, 25-22.
Fans of both teams cheered and clapped as the Wolves began the final set of the match. Glasgow would show strong offense early in the fifth set. The Lady Scotties kept the momentum for the remainder of the match, winning the final set, 15-4.
The Lady Wolves ended the first night of the tournament facing the Harlem Wildcats, who were defeated by the Malta M’Ettes in the first round of the tournament.
After four sets, Wolf Point defeated Harlem, 3-1. The set scores for the match were: 22-25, 25-22, 25-15 and 25-13.
Harlem and Wolf Point showed good offense in the first set. The Lady Wolves scored points Archdale and Ashley Page having serving aces while Harlem’s Erin LaMere helped put points on the board for the Wildcats.
Although the Lady Wolves gained some momentum, Harlem kept the lead and won the set 25-22.
The second set was just as close as Wolf Point barely kept the lead over Harlem. After several exchanges, the Lady Wolves would pull away and clinch the set, 25-22.
Similar in the match against Poplar, Wolf Point would gain the lead early and keep it for the duration of the set, winning 25-15.
The fourth set began with the Lady Wolves taking an early lead. Although Harlem scored points early in the set, the Lady Wolves would maintain the lead and won the set, 25-13.
With this win, the Lady Wolves not only advanced to the next round of the district tournament, but also dashed Harlem’s divisional tourney hopes.
The sound of Queen’s We Will Rock You, along with cheers from the fans, filled gym as Wolf Point began the second day of the tournament against Malta, who had eliminated Poplar from the tournament.
After five sets, the M’Ettes defeated the Lady Wolves, 3-2. The set scores for the match were: 22-25, 25-17, 11-25, 25-11 and 15-11.
Following impressive serves by Evans and Hafner, the Lady Wolves would take the lead early in the set. Although the M’Ettes fired back and scored points, the Lady Wolves went on to win the set, 25-22.
Malta and Wolf Point would trade the lead several times throughout the second set. While the Lady Wolves did gain some momentum, the M’Ettes would keep the lead and win the set, 25-17.
In the third set, the Lady Wolves took an early lead and kept it through the duration of the set, winning 25-11.
Cheers of “Here we go, Wolves” filled the gym at the start of the fourth set. Despite kills from Evans, Holen and Kylie Driftwood, Malta took an early lead and managed to keep the Lady Wolves from continuing the good offense they displayed in the previous set.
Malta and Wolf Point fans roared at the beginning of the fifth and final set.
Although Wolf Point had more points, Malta’s Darby Schye made back-to-back kills to help her team take the lead from the Lady Wolves.
A continuous “Here we go, Wolves” chant filled the air and almost rained for the entire fifth set. During a timeout, “We believe in you” could be heard echoing in the gym. The Malta crowd cheered in the final minutes of the set.
Despite Wolf Point’s attempts to catch up, Malta would win the set, 15-11, clinching the match and advancing to the next round.
Wolf Point would finish the tournament in fourth- place.
Top Three At District
Malta would lose to Plentywood in the next round, 3-0. The set scores were 25-22, 25-11 and 25-20.
In the championship match, Glasgow and Plentywood would play three matches.
In the first match, the Lady Scotties defeated the Lady Cats, 3-0. The set scores for the match were: 25-13, 25-19 and 25-11.
Plentywood rebounded from the loss and defeated Glasgow in the second match, 3-1. The set scores were: 25-22, 25-22, 18-25 and 25-8.
The Lady Scotties would win the tiebreaker and the championship after they defeated the Wildcats, 3-0. The scores were 25-12, 25-17 and 25-23.
On To Divisionals
By placing fourth in the 2B district tournament, Wolf Point will advance to the northern divisional tournament in Malta, Nov. 7-9. Joining the Lady Wolves will be Glasgow, Plentywood and Malta.
Although they did not win the district championship, the Lady Wolves are proud of the way they performed on the court. Evans, the captain of the Lady Wolves’ varsity team, said the team played some of their best games of the season during the tournament.
Page said she was happy with how her and her team competed in districts. Page said she hopes the team does well at divisionals.
Holen, who jammed her hand during the match against Malta, said coming in at fourth place could give them a chance to advance to the state tournament.
In addition to the varsity players, members of the Lady Wolves’ junior varsity and C squads played in the district tournament. Freshman Shelby Hanks said the experience was scary for her at first, but her fears dimmed after watching the other players during the competition.
Evans said it was amazing to see the younger players on the court with varsity team members.
“They have improved every game,” Evans said. “They deserve to be out there with us.”
Evans said the team will have three practices where they will work on low spots and other areas before divisionals.
“We’ve got nothing to lose and we’re as good as the other teams playing [in Malta],” Evans said.
The Wolves will play Choteau in the first round of the Divisional tournament, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.