The Choteau High School Lady Bulldogs last week defeated Fairfield and Rocky Boy in straight sets in a pair of conference wins. The girls are now 0-2 in conference.
This week, they will play Conrad on Sept. 9, with the C squad starting at 4:15 p.m. with the junior varsity team playing 20 minutes after the first match, and the varsity team playing 20 minutes after the JV team finishes.
On Sept. 11, Choteau will host Manhattan Christian, a tall Class C team, with the C squad starting at 2 p.m. and each subsequent match starting 20 minutes after the previous match wraps up.
Choteau defeated Conrad in the preseason tournament, 2-0. The Conrad girls have the same coach, and they are improving all the time.
Manhattan Christian is a team with a height advantage over Choteau. “They are big and tall,” Coach Ann Funk said. Choteau played Manhattan Christian once in the preseason tournament and Choteau won the abbreviated match. They are a good team with big hitters, Funk said.
She said Choteau’s girls will work to defend as many as they can.
In practice this week, the girls will work on serve-receive particularly for the younger girls. Sadie Grove somehow injured her foot which was very swollen after the Fairfield match and she was on the bench for the Rocky Boy match.
Last week, the team was missing non-starters Lily Heiberg, Olivia Lightner and Maili Miller. The coach said she expects to have Lightner and Miller back in the lineup this weekend. Grove and Heiberg are questionable.
In last week’s matches the Choteau varsity squad beat Fairfield 25-19, 25-14 and 25-12. Choteau’s girls had great floor coverage, digging up 47 Fairfield kill attempts. The Choteau girls blocked Fairfield six times and aced them six times. Senior Taylor Asselstine, a middle hitter, had nine of the team’s 27 kills in the win.
Choteau got solid setting from senior Ella Stott, starting this season as the team’s setter for the first time in her high school career. She had 14 of the team’s 18 assists.
Funk said Choteau’s girls struggled in this match with passing and serve-receive even though they came up with the win.
Choteau’s JV girls lost their match to the Lady Eagles, 12-25, 24-26, 15-10, 8-15. The Choteau C squad girls won a five-set match;19-25, 25-15, 14-16, 15-10, 15-9.
At home on Sept. 4, Choteau defeated the Rocky Boy Morning Stars, 25-6, 25-10, 25-13. The Morning Stars struggled throughout the match with Choteau’s serving as the CHS girls aced Rocky Boy 15 times.
Choteau scored multiple times on Rocky Boy errors and put down 21 kills in the win.
Rocky Boy did not a field a C squad, so that match was cancelled. Choteau’s JV girls defeated Rocky Boy 25-6, 25-3, 15-5.
Choteau def. Fairfield
25-19, 25-14, 25-12
Choteau leaders — Aces 6 (Ada Bieler 3); blocks 6 (Taylor Asselstine 3, Bieler 3); assists 18 (Ella Stott 14); digs 47 (Bieler 14); kills 27 (Asselstine 9).
Fairfield leaders — Aces 4 (Kaylee Bouma 2); blocks 9 (Shaylee Grigsby 6); assists 16 (Tori Jones 8, Avery Schubarth 8); digs 37 (Emma Woods 6); kills 5 (Bouma 5, Grigsby 5).
Choteau def. Rocky Boy
25-6, 25-10, 25-13
Choteau leaders — Aces 15 (Ada Bieler 4); blocks 3 (Bieler 3); assists 14 (Ella Stott 12); digs 31 (Stott 10); kills 21 (Emma Gunderson 9).
Rocky Boy leaders — Aces 2, Assists 14, kills 17, blocks 3, digs 10.