The Choteau High School volleyball teams wrapped up regular season play last week with matches in Great Falls and Cut Bank. The varsity girls ended the season with a 10-0 record, winning the 1B conference title and entering this week’s district tournament at Fairfield as the first seed.
The varsity girls’ overall record was 14-0 in full match play this season.
Fairfield finished in second, Shelby in third, Cut Bank in fourth, Conrad in fifth and Rocky Boy in sixth. The tournament starts on Friday with opening action at 10 a.m. Choteau has a first-round bye and will play for the first time on Friday at 1 p.m. against the winner of the Cut Bank-Conrad match. Action will resume on Saturday at 12 p.m. with the championship match at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday will be a busy day at Fairfield High School where Coach Les Meyer’s football team will host Red Lodge in the first round of the Class B playoffs at 1 p.m.
Coach Ann Funk said Choteau’s tournament players are all healthy and excited to start playing in the post-season. “We have good senior leadership and the young kids have worked hard,” Funk said.
Last week, the Choteau varsity girls traveled to Great Falls on Oct. 18 for a nonconference matches with Foothills Christian. The Choteau varsity team won in straight sets, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20.
Choteau’s C squad also played a Foothills team and won, 25-12, 25-5, 15-3. Choteau’s junior varsity squad played a Salvation Army club team and lost its first and only full match of the season, 15-25, 22-25, 13-15.
For the most part, Funk said, Choteau’s varsity girls behind a lot of the time in the first two sets with Foothills and had to come from behind for the wins. It came down to Choteau focusing on its passing and serving and making fewer errors down the road. This allowed them to pull ahead and close out the first set in extra points. Foothills had very good players, who were very well coached, Funk said.
On Oct. 20, the CHS girls traveled to Cut Bank, where the varsity squad won, 25-13, 25-14, 25-17; the JV squad won, 25-14, 25-11, 15-8; and the C squad ended its season, undefeated, 25-11, 25-7, 15-6.
Choteau senior outside hitter Delaynie Beadle had a very good game against Cut Bank, getting four of the team’s six blocks and six of the team’s 30 kills. “Delaynie did a really nice job at Cut Bank,” Funk said, adding that the girls were competing amongst themselves to see who could get the most blocks.
Funk said Cut Bank made a few more mistakes than the Lady Wolves usually do against Choteau but that may have been because they were coming off an emotional night of play against Fairfield on Friday night. The Wolves lost a close match to Fairfield at home during their senior night festivities.
Choteau def. Foothills Christian,
27-25, 25-18, 25-20
Choteau leaders — Aces 9 (Michaela Gunderson 3); blocks 7 (Nicole Krone 4); assists 28 (Katie Bieler 24); digs 80 (Christine Funk 33); kills 36 (Gunderson 10).
Foothills leaders — Unavailable.
Choteau def. Cut Bank,
25-13, 25-14, 25-17
Choteau leaders — Aces 9 (Gunderson 3); blocks 6 (Delaynie Beadle 4); assists 27 (Bieler 23); digs 46 (Funk 12); kills 30 (Gunderson 6, Beadle 6).
Cut Bank leaders — Unavailable.