Volleyball

Hannah Sackett wins 1st team all state
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    Hannah Sackett was awarded the 1st team all state in Volleyball 2010. Hannah was ranked number 2 in the state for hitters behind Monica Grimsrud from Helena High. She made the 1st team all state for outside hitters. There are four total outside hitters that win this award out of the whole state. “ I’m really excited I got it. I was bummed I didn’t make it last year so it was a great feeling I got it this year.” Hannah said. Hannah has also applied for Gatorade Player of the Year. The results for that award will be announced soon.

Oct 29: Bravettes Stomp Big Sky


By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow

    Hannah Sackett led the Bravettes with 14 kills to help the volleyball team with a sweep against Missoula Big Sky on October 26th. The Bravettes won the game in three quick sets 25-19, 25-18, 25-16.
    “We could have played better. Our unforced errors were our weakness.” Freshman Timi Severson said.
    Danika Johnson added four blocks to stop the Eagles at their home gym. It was the Eagles senior night but that didn’t distract the Bravettes from what they came to do. The Big Sky crowd played to their advantage but the Bravettes played well and took the game to only three sets.
    The Bravettes now have a record of 6-5, which will land them a playoff game against Helena Capital.
    “I’m sick of playing Capital but now we can finish them off.” Junior Emma Lawrence-Yee said.
    Depending on how the teams do for the rest of the season will determine if the game will be hosted at Helena or here. Helena Capital has a 5-6 record and has Hellgate left to play.
    Flathead has one game in conference left. It is this Saturday against cross-town Glacier. The Wolfpack will be coming to Flathead to face off against the Bravettes. Come join the game in school colors to help cheer on your volleyball team!

Kalispell Flathead def. Missoula Big Sky, 25-19, 25-18, 25-16.
Kills – Flathead 38 (Hannah Sackett 14), Big Sky 21 (Elle Tinkle 8). Blocks – Flathead 7 (Danika Johnson 4), Big Sky 4 (Ellen Wolferman 2). Digs – Flathead 51 (Sarah Aylor 17), Big Sky 33 (Tinkle 9). Assists – Flathead 37 (Alison Lunde 20), Big Sky 20 (Shannon O’Reilly 12). Aces – Flathead 10 (Sackett 6), Big Sky 2 (Brielle Rolle 2).

Oct 29: Bravettes fall short to Bengals
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow

     The Flathead Bravettes took on the number one team in the state, and fought hard to push them to five sets. The Bravettes fell short in the fifth set giving Helena the win 25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 23-25, 15-11on October 23rd.
    "Our attitudes picked up. We were good from the go even though we lost.” Sophomore Emily Russell said.
    Sarah Aylor had 26 digs to help Flathead pick up Helena’s swings. After the loss to Capital, the Bravettes had a revengeful mind and were ready to play.
    “ We played well. We had a few moments where we slacked but overall we played well.” Junior Emma Lawrence-Yee said.
    Hannah Sackett had nine aces and Timi Severson had eight blocks. The Bravettes proved they were good enough to keep up with the number one team as they pushed the match to five sets. The first set went to Helena, the Bravettes took the second, and the third game was close until the end. The fourth game went to the Bravettes in another close match. In the fifth set the Bengals took to match with a 15-11 score.

 Kills - Helena 47 (Monica Grimsrud 29), Flathead 51 (Hannah Sackett 24), Assists - Helena 41 (Kyndal Williams 37), Flathead 46 (Alison Lunde 25, Emily Russell 20),
Blocks - Helena 9 (Brianne Benson 5, Grimsrud 3), Flathead 15 (Timi Severson 8); Digs - Helena 83 (Grimsrud 17, Williams 17), Flathead 79 (Sackett 26, Sarah Aylor 26);
Aces - Helena 9 (Grimsrud 3, Brittanie Donohue 2, Aris Frost 2), Flathead 15 (Sackett 9).

Bravette Volleyball Stomps Big Sky
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow

    Hannah Sackett led the Bravettes with 14 kills to help the volleyball team with a sweep against Missoula Big Sky on October 26th. The Bravettes won the game in three quick sets 25-19, 25-18, 25-16.
    “We could have played better. Our unforced errors were our weakness.” Freshman Timi Severson said.
Danika Johnson added four blocks to stop the Eagles at their home gym. It was the Eagles senior night but that didn’t distract the Bravettes from what they came to do. The Big Sky crowd played to their advantage but the Bravettes played well and took the game to only three sets. The Bravettes now have a record of 6-5, which will land them a playoff game against Helena Capital.
    “I’m sick of playing Capital but now we can finish them off.” Junior Emma Lawrence-Yee said.
Depending on how the teams do for the rest of the season will determine if the game will be hosted at Helena or here. Helena Capital has a 5-6 record and has Hellgate left to play.
    Flathead has one game in conference left. It is this Saturday against cross-town Glacier. The Wolfpack will be coming to Flathead to face off against the Bravettes. Come join the game in school colors to help cheer on your volleyball team!

Kalispell Flathead def. Missoula Big Sky, 25-19, 25-18, 25-16.

Kills – Flathead 38 (Hannah Sackett 14), Big Sky 21 (Elle Tinkle 8). Blocks – Flathead 7 (Danika Johnson 4), Big Sky 4 (Ellen Wolferman 2). Digs – Flathead 51 (Sarah Aylor 17), Big Sky 33 (Tinkle 9). Assists – Flathead 37 (Alison Lunde 20), Big Sky 20 (Shannon O’Reilly 12). Aces – Flathead 10 (Sackett 6), Big Sky 2 (Brielle Rolle 2). 

Oct. 22: Bravettes place 3rd in Missoula Invite
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    
From early Friday, to late Saturday the Flathead Volleyball team was working hard in the Missoula Invite tournament. There was a total of 16 teams in the tournament from all over the state. The teams were from in the conference and out-of conference. Friday was the pool play to determine what bracket the Bravettes would go into the next day. Saturday was the bracket to figure out who would go home with first place. The team fought through a lot of fatigue and really played well throughout the whole tournament. 
Friday morning the tournament started. In the pool play the Bravettes faced Helena High, Hellgate, Libby, Great Falls High, Columbia Falls, Anaconda, and Butte. Out of the pool play they split with Helena, Butte, and Hellgate. That got them a seat in the gold bracket for the next day. 
    “I was impressed we started strong but we shouldn’t have lost a game, even to Helena, but I’m happy how well we did in the beginning because we aren’t a morning team.” Junior outside hitter Hannah Sackett said. “Helena was the most intense game I have ever been in.” Hannah continued. The day was very long but the girls played extremely well. The last game they had before the tournament was two weeks prior making them want to get out and play well. “ I was hoping we weren’t going to be rusty.” Sackett said. “ I wanted to do really well because we hadn’t played for weeks.” Junior setter Alison Lunde said.

    The first game the Bravettes played on Saturday was against Helena Capital. They proved that they were ready to come out and play winning over the Bruins 2-0. After the victory against Capital the Bravettes faced their cross-town rival Glacier. This game was the most intense of the whole tournament. After losing at Glacier and at the Great Falls tournament, the Bravettes had something to prove. The first game was a battle from the beginning and the teams fought hard as Glacier pulled away with the first game 26-24. Flathead was ready to come back and prove they were better than the Wolfpack, they took the second game 25-21. The Bravettes had the momentum going into the third game, but it wasn’t enough as Glacier took the set and match with a 25-15 score. 
    “I’m proud of how we played, but we shouldn’t have let the fact that they are cross-town get to us.” Hannah said. “ I was very upset with losing to Glacier, again.” Alison said “ I don’t know what went wrong. I honestly can’t figure it out still.” She continued. After the Glacier game the Bravettes defeated Great Falls High in three, which placed them to take on Sentinel for third and forth place. 
    The Sentinel game was the last of the tournament, and after a long weekend the girls proved they could still play. The Bravettes took the first game with a 25-17 score. The next game, the Bravettes had a slow start by letting the Spartans take a 17-3 lead. The Bravettes decided to wake up, and with a little help from the kills from Hannah Sackett, they gave Sentinel a little more competition. 
    “I saw a lot of the team was tired and that made me angry. I just wanted to do something about it so I faked it till I made it. By the end of the game I wasn’t tired anymore.” Hannah said. Unfortunately, Flathead still came up a little short for the second game with Sentinel taking it, 22-25. The Bravettes didn’t want to go home with a loss so they played hard and took the third set and third place with a 25-22 score. “ Overall, I think we did awesome. Our energy level was higher than it’s ever been even though we were tired. It was like our whole team had an epiphany or something.” Hannah said. “ I think we did super well. There were a couple let downs but we did very well overall.” Alison said.


Flathead def. Helena Capital 25-18, 25-23

Kills - Flathead 26 (Sackett 13); Assists - Flathead 24 (Lunde 13), Blocks - Flathead 4 (Danika Johnson 2, Kwyn Johnson 2); Digs - Flathead 38 (Sackett 14); Aces - Flathead 4 (Sackett 2).

Flathead def. Great Falls 23-25 25-15, 25-21

Kills - Flathead 37 (Sackett 16, D Johnson 9); Assists - Flathead 30 (Lunde 16); Blocks - 5 (Timi Severson 5); Digs - Flathead 38 (Aylor 16); Aces - Flathead 10 (Sackett 5).

Flathead def. Missoula Sentinel 25-17, 22-25, 25-22

Kills - Flathead 44 (Sackett 25,Krueger 9, Kwyn Johnson 8) Assists - Flathead 41 (Emily 22); Blocks - Flathead 6 (Danika 4); Digs - Flathead 69 (Sackett 22, Aylor 15); Aces - Flathead 2 (Severson 1, Lunde 1).


Volleyball Season
continues with top notch effort
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow

    The Bravette volleyball team has a positive outlook for the rest of the season. So far the girls have a 5-3 conference record and a 10-5 season record. Each player on the team plays an important role, but there are leaders on the team that help physically and mentally help the team to victories. Captains Hannah Sackett and Danika Johnson are important to the team’s chemistry and they help run the team. Along with their mental support they are leaders in important stat categories.
    Hannah Sackett takes the lead in eight stats to help her team. She leads the team with total attack attempts with 258. She has a total of 104 kills so far this season. She averages 3.71 kills per set. She has the lowest number of shanks out of the passers with only six and she has a 95% passing. She ties Alison Lunde with .6 aces per set.
    Danika Johnson has a .352 hitting efficiency, which is higher than any other hitter. She also has 12 solo blocks. She also leads with the lowest number of attacking errors with only nine so far this season. Alison Lunde leads with a total of 156 assists in the season. She also leads with 5.57 assists per game. She has the highest number of aces in the season with 18 and she ties Hannah with .6 aces per set.
    Freshman Timi Severson leads assisted blocks with a total 24. She also has an average of 1.07 blocks per set. Sarah Aylor leads perfect passes with a total of 90. She also has a total of 130 digs making her the leader for the back row in defense. Also, Sarah has an average of 4.64 digs per set. Emma Lawrence-Yee has the lowest number of missed serves with only 3 in the whole season, which gives her a 95.7% serving accuracy.
    Each effort from the team members has earned the teams 5-3 record. Each team that the Bravettes won against have only gone to three sets. That includes Sweeping Missoula Big Sky, Missoula Hellgate, and Missoula Sentinel at home. The other two sweeps were at Missoula Hellgate and Helena Capital. The Bravettes have had three losses all in away games. They Bravettes went to Glacier and lost in the 5th set. Flathead also went to Helen High to lose in four sets. Last week the Bravettes went to Missoula and lost against Sentinel in four sets. The girls have had a decent season with a total of 22 set wins and only 9 set losses.
    As a team, the girls’ stats are pretty high. Hitters have had 833 attack attempts with 324 kills, giving them a .256 average hitting efficiency. The team averages 11.57 kills per set. The setters have had 295 assists with a 10.54 assists per set average. Blockers have had 111 blocks throughout the season making it a 2.46 blocks per set. The passers have had 179 perfect passes and have a 2.0 passing average. Servers have had 68 aces and have a 90.6 serving percentage. Defense has had 458 digs with an average of 16.36 digs per set.
    Flathead stands in 4th place for conference at this time, which causes mixed emotions with the players. “I think we could be a lot higher. Where we are reflects how we have been playing with our consistency. I think when we finish conference out place will be higher.” Senior libero Sarah Aylor said. Senior outside hitter McKenna Wynne said, “ I think our record reflects on how we have learned from each loss. We learned from Glacier that we can’t go out expecting for them to give it to us. We learned from Helena High and Sentinel that we have to bring it no matter what.” The place in where the Bravettes stand at the end of conference will determine whom they play for playoffs. The team that ends in 1st place will get a bye to state. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th will host a playoff game.
    Number two will host seven, number three will host six, and number four will host five. “ I want to host Glacier for our playoff game because then we have another opportunity to play them again, and when we win, they don’t get to go to state.” Sarah continued. If season were to end today, Flathead would be hosting a playoff game against Helena Capital. The team hopes to scoot up in standings by the end of conference.

    The Bravettes still have a month of the season left, and they have a good outlook for state this year. McKenna Wynne said, “ If we really push and focus we have the ability to take 1st. We will get there by pushing ourselves and playing how we know we are capable of.” The last day of the season is November 13th, which gives the girls a lot of time to get ready to try and take the championship this year. Wynne continues“ Knowing we gave it our all and we didn’t give up is what I want to leave the season with. Whether we wind or lose, I want to feel we gave it our all.”

Bravettes sweep Big Sky, 5th sweep of season
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    After a long week, the Bravettes pulled off another sweep against Missoula Big Sky Saturday October 2, 2010. Having played two previous games earlier that week, the girls fought hard to beat Big Sky 30-28, 25-23, 25-18. Timi Severson had four aces and Hannah Sackett had 20 kills to help the victory the Bravettes had.
    The first game, the Bravettes didn’t get fired up enough to pull ahead at the beginning. The score was 23-17 with the Eagles in the lead. They were two points away from winning compared to Flathead’s eight. Danika Johnson started to tip over Big Sky’s block to get Flathead some points and get them back into the game. After that, the two teams were in a back and forth battle for the win, finally ending it five points over.
    Even pulling off the victory, the girls still felt like they didn’t play their best. “ I think we started off in kind of a fog, but it got better as the game continued.” Junior Setter Alison Lunde said. “ I think we proved that we can handle things even when we are tired. We proved our mentally tough ability.”
    Overall, Flathead was please to take the sweep away from Missoula. “ We went through a lot of learning this week to see how much we want it. We also learned how to push through tiredness and be tough.” Lunde continued. Flathead had some major highlights of the game. “ There was this one play where Sarah Aylor passed this super amazing pass and I set Kylie S. an A and she completely killed it straight down. It was amazing.” The volleyball team has the next two weeks off to get ready for the Missoula Invite October 15, 2010. The tournament is three days long so they have a lot to prepare for. Their record now stands 5-2 in their conference and 10-4 non-conference.

Kills — Big Sky 33 (Elle Tinkle 10), Flathead 43 (Hannah Sackett 20) Assists — Big Sky 28 (Shannon O’Reilly 18), Flathead 41 (Alison Lunde 22, Emily Russel 19), Blocks — Big Sky 8 (Ellen Wolferman 5), Flathead 3 (Kwyn Johnson 2) Digs — Big Sky 41 (Kristen Daugherty 10, O’Reilly 8), Flathead 57 (Sarah Aylor 20) Aces — Big Sky 8 (Brielle Rolle 3), Flathead 10 (Timi Severson 4).


Bravette volleyball sweeps Capital

By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    The Bravette Volleyball team took another sweep for their conference on Friday October 1, 2010. The girls refused to drag out the game more than they needed as they shut down Helena Capital in three 25-14, 25-21, 25-14. Hannah Sackett led the team with 20 kills. She added 11 digs to help the Flathead Victory.
    The Bravettes knew that they had to play well because Capital would come out fighting. “I expected to win in the end because all of us wanted it so bad after Sentinel.” Junior Setter Alison Lunde commented. The Bravettes had a frustrating loss against Missoula Sentinel that Tuesday. “Our biggest challenge for this game was our passing. It was way too up and down.” Lunde added.
    The team was satisfied with the way they played and knew that they could go back on the four-hour bus ride with a smile. “I think we were fired up and ready to come out playing hard.” Lunde continued. “Our strengths were definitely our energy. We were so pumped in the game. Our weakness was probably our passing; it wasn’t our best night.”
    Leaving with the players, coaches, and fans all satisfied was one goal the team had. They succeeded that goal to their full potential.

FLATHEAD (9-4, 4-2) leaders:
Kills 32: Hannah Sackett 11
Digs: 43 (Sackett 11, Sarah Aylor 11)
Assists: 28 (Emily Russell 17)
Blocks: 7 (Timi Severson 4)
Aces: 10 (Hannah Sackett 7)

CAPITAL (6-6, 3-2) leaders
Kills: 26 (Kaci Matthies 8, Kylie Schweitzer 6)
Assists: 20 (Emily Burk 20)
Blocks: 5 (Kyla Crisp 3, Kelsey Robertson 2)
Digs: 43 (Robertson 13, Crisp 12)
Aces: 1 (Whitney Rau)


Bravette Volleyball Falls to Sentinel

By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    Danika Johnson led the Bravettes with 12 kills in a losing effort against Missoula Sentinel on September 28, 2010. The Bravettes couldn’t pull it together to beat the Spartans at their home gym. Flathead took the match to four sets 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-13.
“When I know I did my best, the score doesn’t matter too much to me.” Junior Hannah Sackett said. “But I know I didn’t do my best so I’m not happy with the game.” The Bravettes had 12 missed serves and over 20 net calls, reflecting how the girls weren’t ready to play.
    After a frustrating game against Sentinel, the Bravettes will have to bounce back and be ready to play. Flathead goes to Captial this Friday, and plays Big Sky here on Saturday.

Sentinel def. Flathead, 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-13.
Kills - Flathead 42 (Danica Johnson 12), Sentinel 42 (Morgan McCarthy 15, Anna Pershouse 10).
Blocks - Flathead 9 (Timi Severson 5), Sentinel 4 (Pershouse 2).
Digs - Flathead 83 (Farah Aylar 25), Sentinel 64 (Kimmy Kavran 26).
Assists - Flathead 39 (Alison Lunde 21), Sentinel 31 (Catie Propt 31).
Aces - Flathead 4 (Hannah Sackett 2), Sentinel 5 (McCarthy 2).


Bravettes Sweep Hellgate 
By Kylie Schlegel 
Of The Flathead Arrow


    The Flathead Volleyball team swept Missoula Hellgate for the second time in the season Tuesday September 21. The game ended in a quick three games with scores 27-25, 25-15, 25-16. The first game took the Bravettes a little time to wake up and start playing their game. After being asked about the first game, Senior Danika Johnson said, “ I felt the game shouldn’t have been that close, but I knew we were going to come out in the next two games and win strong.” 
    One of the obstacles the Bravettes have this year is being consistent in their playing. “There’s always ups and down in volleyball but we were able to stay strong” Danika continued. The team set goals to accomplish for this away game to make sure the bus ride home was a happy environment. “Winning in three was accomplished and we all spent our dollar, but defense could always be better.” 
    Danika will be a senior this year and she has high hopes for the end of the season. “I want to win state, we have a team we can win with and we have a team I want to win with.” There is a lot of competition to take state, but the biggest competition the team has isn’t another team. “ Ourselves, we are our own biggest contender, our mistakes lose games for us.” The Bravettes need to stay strong and make sure they can overcome their own competition to complete the season. 

Kalispell Flathead def. Missoula Hellgate, 27-25, 25-15, 25-16
Kills - Flathead 36 (Hannah Sackett 10), Hellgate 28 (Taylor Allen 8). Blocks -Flathead 7 (Danika Johnson 4), Hellgate 3 (Allen 1). Digs- Flathead 68 (Sarah Aylor 25), Hellgate 38 (Raina Walther 23). Assists - Flathead 32 (Alison Lunde 18), Hellgate 23 (Kate Seaholm 23). Aces -Flathead 10 (Aylor 6), Hellgate 4 (Jessa Ouellette 2).


Volleyball: Flathead destroys Sentinel
By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    Danika Johnson and Timi Serverson lead Flathead with four blocks each to help the Bravettes sweep Sentinel Friday September 17. The home gym was rowdy, helping the girls find their spark to win in three games 25-23, 25-19, 25-12. The girls work together to make sure the Spartans wouldn’t take a game.
    The second game started rough making coach Wilcox call a timeout when the Bravettes were down, 3-8. After a harsh talk about heart and teamwork, the Bravettes went out swinging. The Bravettes took the lead back and won that game by six.
    Having fellow peers and family there to support the team helped the girls find their spark and make the game on Friday end a little early.

Flathead def. Sentinel 25-23, 25-19, 25-12
Kills - Sentinel 23 (Morgan McCarthy 7),
Flathead 40 (Hannah Sackett 15, Kwyn Johnson 8),
Assists - Sentinel 14 (Katie Propp 14),
Flathead 38 (Alison Lunde 19, Emily Russell 17),
Blocks - Sentinel 3 (McCarthy 2),
Flathead 12 (Timi Severson 4, Danika Johnson 4),
Aces - Sentinel 8 (Sadie Ahearn 2),
Flathead 8 (Lunde 2, Severson 2).

Bravettes Struggle against Lady Bengals
By Kylie Schlegel
Of the Flathead Arrow

    
Hannah Sackett led the Bravettes with kills in a losing attempt against Helena High, Saturday, Sept. 18. The Bravettes fought to four games 25-18, 25-18, 15-25, 25-20. 
Not only was the Lady Bengals a tough team, the Bravettes also played flat during the away game. The girls struggled to wake up from the long bus ride and get ready to compete. 
    The gym was quiet and there wasn’t a lot of energy to feed off of, from either of the teams. “ I’m not really sure how to feel about the game, “ sophomore setter Emily Russell said. “ I feel like I had fun, but we could have done better.” After the defeat on Saturday, the Bravettes are (7-4, 2-2) for the season so far. 

Helena High (10-0, 4-0) def. Flathead High (7-4, 2-2) 25-18, 25-18, 15-25, 25-20
Kills - Flat 43 (Hannah Sackett 14), HHS 37 (Monica Grimsrud 14); Blocks - Flat 5 (Cassie Krueger 3), HHS 5 (Grimsrud 4); Assists - Flat 40 (Alison Lunde 21), HHS 24 (Kyndal Williams 23); Digs - Flat 63 (Sackett 13), HHS 49 (Williams 11); Aces - Flat 9 (Lunde 3), HHS 11 (Brianne Benson 4). 

Glacier forces Flathead into late night

By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow


    Thursday night the Bravettes went into five sets at Glacier, but came up short in the fifth game 15-9. The game dragged on as both teams put up a fight. The Wolfpack started out winning the first two sets, 25-18, 26-24. Flathead had a difficult time passing the ball up to the setter and the defense on their side wasn’t good enough to pick up the ball when Glacier put it down. 
    The Bravettes took the 3rd and 4th games, setting the scores 21-25, 21-25. The Wolfpack struggled to get the ball passed Danika Johnson as she refused to let anything on her side. The life started to come back in the Bravettes to take the sets as Cassie Krueger and Hannah Sackett put the ball down. 
    The game pushed further into the night as the two team went face to face in a tiebreaker. Flathead started the match with the momentum, but it wasn’t enough to pull through. The Bravettes fell to the Wolfpack as missed serves, net violations, and hitting out-of-bounds gave Glacier points, ending the late-night game.

Flathead volleyball sends Great Falls packing

By Kylie Schlegel
Of The Flathead Arrow

   The Flathead Volleyball team played both CMR and Great Falls High in a non-conference invite at Flathead on Saturday. They started with playing Great Falls High in the morning, defeating the Bison in 3-1. Scores were 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16. Later in the afternoon, Flathead won against the Lady Rustlers in 4. Scores: 19-25, 25-18, 25-16, 27-25.

    The Volleyball team has a new advantage this year with their height. Freshman Timi Severson is 5’11” being the shortest hitter Flathead has this year, having four more hitters 6 feet and over.

   “I think we did pretty good for our first matches. Our strength is that we have a strong presence at the net with both blocking and hitting and we have a very young team with a lot potential,” sophomore Cassie Krueger said. The Bravettes had a total of 17 blocks throughout the day making the Great Falls teams stop swinging and start tipping over the big block. Junior Hannah Sackett said, “Anything to do with defense is something we need to work on. As long as we can work out the kinks from Saturday that we were having problems with like tips, we should be a pretty strong team and hard to beat.”

    The Kalispell invite was a great way to shake off the nerves and figure out what the team has to work on before the season and conference started. The first game of the conference is Thursday September 2nd against cross-town rivalry Glacier. Hannah continued “I hope the whole team brings energy because I’m sick of ups and downs that we always have. I want this game to be all ups.” Using the crowd’s energy to beat the Wolfpack will be a big goal for the Volleyball team on Thursday.


Volleyball places 4th in Great Falls tournament

By Kylie Schlegel of the Flathead Arrow


    The Volleyball girls pulled through a long weekend during the Great Falls tournament. The girls played for three days, taking fourth out of the 16 teams. Thursday Sept.15 , the girls had a victory over Skyview- 15-9 in the fifth game. Hannah Sackett says, "Everyone came off the four hour bus ride a little groggy and we just weren't ready for a game, but after that first game when we lost, we really woke up and started playing."
       The next night started the pool play of the tournament. The Bravettes went 8-2, losing one game to Great Falls and one game to Big Sky. " I think we totally should have won." Sackett continue. " With Great falls, we dropped to their level but I have to hand it to Big Sky, because they really picked up their game and we weren't expecting it. " The Bravettes swept the rest of the teams in the pool 2-0 which included Skyview, Capital, Billings Senior, Sentinel, and Fergus. Flathead took first place in the pool on Friday putting them in the gold bracket for Saturday.
       Saturday morning started out great, sweeping Bozeman and Billings Senior 2-0. The next game was against Skyview. The Bravettes fell to Skyview 1-2. Flathead then was forced to battle for third place against Glacier, which ended in defeat, 0-2.
       Overall the team did well, especially considering the fact that 11 out of the 14 girls were under the weather. Losing Sarah Aylor on Saturday, who was an important asset to the back row, could have been what set Flathead back. Sackett says, " I think we did really well for the most part and we had less trouble getting down on ourselves. We were more consistent than I've seen so far this season."

Friday September 10
Flathead def. Billings Skyview 20-18, 20-15
Flathead def. Capital 20-14, 20-14
Flathead def. Senior 20-18, 20-16
Great Falls split with Flathead 12-20, 20-18
Flathead split with Big Sky 20-6, 19-20
Flathead def. Sentinel 20-16, 20-14
Flathead def. Lewistown 20-14, 20-6

Saturday September 11
Flathead def. Bozeman 25-17, 25-17
Skyview def. Kalispell Flathead 14-25, 25-15, 15-11
Flathead def. Billings Senior 25-22, 25-22
Glacier def. Kalispell Flathead 28-26, 25-18
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