BOZEMAN — The Class A state volleyball tournament started Thursday morning at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Eight teams will play as many as 15 matches Thursday, Friday and Saturday, concluding with the championship match at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Recaps from Thursday’s matches are below. Please click here for updated scores and pairings.
It’s an all-Eastern A undefeated semifinal at the State A volleyball tournament. Belgrade will meet Billings Central after the Panthers earned a thrilling five-set win over Corvallis 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-10, 15-9 in the late quarterfinal match at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Bailey Christensen had a match-high 30 kills to lead the Panthers, who also got nine kills and 53 assists from Jaiden Blakely. Taylor Christensen added five aces and 24 digs. Belgrade and Billings Central will meet Friday at 6 p.m. for a berth in the state championship match.
Maureen Jessop paced Corvallis with 15 kills, four blocks and 15 digs. The Blue Devils will play a loser-out match Friday at 2 p.m.
Sydney Hawbaker and Olivia Moten-Schell combined for 25 kills as Billings Central swept past Libby 25-19, 25-13, 25-18 in the quarterfinal round of the Class A state volleyball tournament Thursday evening.
Hawbaker’s 14 kills were a team-high, while Devin Nielsen assisted on 31 points. She also scored three aces for the Lady Rams, who advance to the undefeated semifinal on Friday at 6 p.m. Central will face Belgrade for a chance to compete in the state championship match.
Central overcame five blocks from Libby’s Emily Mossburg, but no Logger athlete hit double-digit kills in the loss. Libby awaits the winner of Whitefish and Glendive in a Friday 4 p.m. loser-out match.
Maureen Jessop led three players with double-digit digs as Corvallis swept Glendive in the final first round match of the Class A state tournament on Thursday. Jessop recorded 13 digs to go with Casey Fison’s 12 and Kate Hurlburt’s 11 as Corvallis advanced to the quarterfinals.
Jessop and Hurlburt joined Hannah Hutch in adding three aces each for the Blue Devils. Hutch had a team-high 10 kills in the win.
Corvallis moves into the 8 p.m. quarterfinal against Belgrade while Glendive falls to loser-out action against Whitefish. That match is set for noon on Friday. Jaley Wyse and Thea Robson paced Whitefish with 12 assists and 19 digs, respectively.
Bailey and Taylor Christensen joined forces with 13 kills and 25 digs as Belgrade swept past Whitefish 25-17, 25-15, 25-23 in the opening round of the Class A state volleyball tournament.
Bailey Christensen led the Lady Panthers offensive attack with 13 kills, while Taylor Christensen had 15 of the team’s 58 digs. Jaiden Blakely recorded all 24 of the team’s assists in the victory.
Belgrade advances to Thursday night’s 6 p.m. quarterfinal and will face the winner between Corvallis and Glendive.
Whitefish, which received 12 assists each from Lauren Schulz and Becca Catina, meets the loser of the Corvallis-Glendive match in noon on Friday in loser-out action.
Libby outlasted Lewistown in five sets 22-25, 27-25, 16-25, 25-15, 15-6 to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals at the State A volleyball tournament at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Jayden Winslow had 16 kills, 19 digs and four aces to lead the Loggers, who also got 13 kills and three blocks each from Mehki Sykes and Brookly Rainer. Alli Collins had 41 assists for Libby, which will meet Billings Central at 6 p.m. Thursday in the quarterfinal round.
Lewistown, which got 16 kills and three blocks from Anna Zimmer, will play Stevensville in a loser-out match Friday at 10 a.m.
Devin Nielsen had 27 assists, 11 digs and five aces as Billings Central swept Stevensville 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 in the opening match of the Class A state volleyball tournament on Thursday.
Sydney Hawbaker added 11 kills for the Rams, who advance to face the winner between Libby and Lewistown in the 6 p.m. quarterfinal. Cindy Gray and Bailey Kufeld each had a pair of blocks for the Rams, who entered the state tournament with an undefeated Class A record.
Stevensville was led by Quinn Larson’s 14 assists. The team will meet the loser between the Libby and Lewistown match Friday morning at 10 a.m.