BOZEMAN — The Class C 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.
Defending state champion Belt is back in the undefeated semifinal at the State C volleyball tournament. The Huskies swept by Gardiner 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 in a Thursday quarterfinal match at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Dani Urick had 18 killes, two aces and one block and Morgan Cooper added 13 kills, 14 digs and one block to pace the Huskies, who will meet Ennis in Friday’s undefeated semifinal at 6 p.m. Kolby Pimperton also recorded 31 assists and two aces for Belt.
Gardiner got eight killds from Brook Russell, seven from Abby Dean and six from Josie Thomas. The Bruins will play a loser-out match at 2 p.m.
Danyel Martin had 17 kills and Jourdain Klein added 16 more as Ennis swept Roy-Winifred in the quarterfinal round of the Class C state tournament on Thursday evening. The Lady Mustangs won 25-12, 25-22 and 25-18 to advance.
Martin and Klein had 33 of Ennis’ 43 kills, while Payton Fortner had a team-high 22 assists and two aces for the No. 1 seed from the Western C. Fortner also led Ennis with 15 digs.
Ennis plays in the Class C undefeated semifinal on Friday evening at 6 p.m. The Lady Mustangs will meet either Gardiner or defending champion Belt in the contest.
Roy-Winifred was led by Dyauni Boyce’s nine digs and two blocks. Cassie Smith had 13 assists for the Lady Outlaws, who meet the winner of Bridger and Scobey in a loser-out contest at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Adrian Malek (13) and Dani Urick (11) combined for 24 kills to help defending champion Belt to a 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 win over Scobey in the first round of the State C volleyball tournament at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Urick added two blocks and 18 digs for the Huskies, who also got 20 digs from Morgan Cooper and 19 from Kyelie Marquis. Cooper had a match-high four aces, and Kolby Pimperton contributed 34 assists.
Belt will play Gardiner in an 8 p.m. quarterfinal match on Thursday. Scobey, which got three kills each from Kylee Cook and Brooklyn Ferestad, will play Bridger in a loser-out match Friday at noon.
Brook Russell had 14 kills and five aces as Gardiner won a four-set match over Bridger 25-17, 18-25, 25-20, 25-23 in the first round of the State C volleyball tournament Thursday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Kyndra Long added 12 kills and three blocks, while Sage Cowly contributed 33 assists and 23 digs for the Bruins, who will play in a Thursday quarterfinal match at 8 p.m.
Bridger got 13 kills and five blocks from Desiree Scott and 11 kills from Jessica Adkins. The Scouts will play a loser-out match Friday at noon.
Ennis continued its dominant Class C volleyball season with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-23 sweep over Great Falls Central in the first round of the state tournament Thursday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
The Mustangs got a strong performance from their front line with 14 kills and two blocks from Jourdain Klein and eight kills and eight blocks from Danyel Martin. Josie Jenkins and Whitney McKitrick each contributed three aces as Ennis advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with Roy-Winifred Thursday at 6 p.m.
Bryn Anderson had 10 kills to lead Great Falls Central, which will play Wibaux in a loser-match Friday at 10 a.m.
Becca DeMars had six kills and three blocks to help Roy-Winifred hand Wibaux its first loss of the season, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 in the first round of the Class C state volleyball tournament Thursday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
DeMars was helped on the front row by Jada Goettlich, who also had six kills. Cassie Smith chipped in five aces and 19 assists, as the Outlaws advanced to a Thursday evening quarterfinal against Ennis at 6 p.m.
Micayla Miske had a match-high seven kills for Wibaux, which falls to loser-out play. The Longhorns will play Great Falls Central at 10 a.m. Friday.