Butte Central was able to fight back in the third set, but ultimately was downed by Anaconda in four in the Snake Pit.
The Copperheads won 26-24, 25-13, 21-25, 25-23 in the battle. The loss drops the Maroons to 6-2 on the year, but they remain 4-1 in the Southwest A.
"Wasn't our night tonight, came out flat and tried to fight our way back in but things just didn't go our way in the end,” Butte Central head coach Becky Hancock said. “Too many unforced errors on our end, hand it to Anaconda they played tough."
The Maroons had eight total service errors on the night to go along with 23 attack errors. Sophia Burton was strong in the loss, finishing with 19 digs and six aces as well as two kills. Cassidy Strizic had eight of Butte Central’s 28 kills, while the Maroons finished with 22 assists, 72 total digs and 12 aces.
Marissa Anderson had four aces, while Avery Kelly had four solo blocks.
Butte Central will again be on the road next Tuesday as they take on Corvallis.
Three Forks 3, Ennis 0
The Wolves got out to a phenomenal start and downed the Mustangs 25-7, 25-18, 25-13 on Thursday night.
While Ennis was able to fight in a tough second set, they eventually were downed by the 4-5 Three Forks squad. The Wolves were led by a tremendous effort by Kirsten Klompien, who finished with nine kills, eight assists, three blocks, three digs and an ace. Klompien led her team in three of those categories — kills, assists and blocks.
Macey Combs had six of 18 aces for the Wolves in a varied serving effort for Three Forks that saw six different players record an ace. McKenzie Feddes had 11 digs and four aces for the Wolves.
Ennis was led by Kayla Hedges who led the Mustangs in aces (1), kills (3) and digs, with four. Olivia Lohrenz had two of Ennis’ three assists.
Manhattan 3, Whitehall 2
In 5B action, the Tigers needed a rally, but they were able to story past the Trojans in a 24-26, 25-14, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13 win. It was Manhattan’s seventh-straight win and they are now 8-3 overall with a 7-1 conference mark.
The Tigers finished with 54 kills, with Oliviah Westervelt leading the way with 20. Amy Grevious had 34 of Manhattan’s 95 digs and the Tigers finished with 13 blocks, 16 aces and 53 assists. Cayli Chapman had all 53 of those assists.
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Townsend 3, Jefferson 0
The Panthers were not quite able to get it done up the road in Townsend, falling 26-24, 25-12, 25-15.
Peyton Vogl was the star Bulldogs, tallying 13 kills, and two blocks. Taylor Noyes chipped in 27 of Townsend’s 31 assists, while Anna Berg had 13 digs.
Jefferson’s Dakota Edmisten had six of the Panthers’ 16 kills, while Emma Grange added on seven assists. Grace Alexander had nine digs and Hope Dobyns had two of the Panthers’ four blocks.
Missoula Sentinel 7, Butte 1
The Bulldogs were again rocked in a conference contest, spotting a five-goal lead to the Spartans before Christiana Beierle got the Bulldogs on the board in the 40th minute.
Jayden Salisbury had two goals and an assist for Sentinel. Haley Herron had 15 saves for the Bulldogs, who were out-shot 37-5 on the afternoon. Sentinel also had just 12 corner kicks to Butte's 0.
Helena Capital comes to Butte next Tuesday for a 5 p.m. match.
Missoula Sentinel 11, Butte 0
The Spartans had six goals in first half en route to a rout of Bulldogs.
Eight different Spartans scored in the game, led by Bryan Tower's two goal performance. Jake Larson had a goal and an assists.
Butte had 10 saves to Sentinel's three. The Bulldogs had just six shots, while Spartan's had 40. Butte hosts Helena Capital on Tuesday at 3 p.m.