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Northern C divisional volleyball: Fort Benton and Simms head to state; Longhorns sweep championship

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-06 23:20:50-04

BELT — (Editor's Note: This article will be continuously updated after every game)

First Round:

Simms 3 Chester-Joplin-Inverness 0

The Simms Tigers were too much for the 9 a.m. first round game at Belt High School Thursday morning as they took on a highly motivated and energetic Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks and battled them in a sweep winning 3-0.

Kodiann Lynn led the way for the Tigers with a game-high 14 kills while Taylee Sawyer amassed 18 assists.

Fort Benton 3 Great Falls Central Catholic 0

From start to finish, the Longhorns dominated the Mustangs after winning their first set 25-10. GFCC would make it a match testing Fort Benton in the last two but ultimately the size and athleticism were too much. They play Simms in the next round of divisional.

Emerson Giese had 5 aces to her name as well.

Geraldine-Highwood 3 Valier 1

After a shocking first set win from Valier spurred on by emotional runs by the Panthers, the undefeated 20-0 Rivals settled in and rattled off three big sets to advance.

Up front the Rivals proved to be too much with Azzia Rowland, Abby Dines and Trinity Tinsen combining for for 41 kills.

Belt 3, Chinook 0

Credit the Chinook Sugarbeeters for competing each set as it was visible how hard Hallie Neibauer and the team were working to close out each set but the Belt Huskies held on to win three straight going 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23 winning the third set after being down 10 points.

Raily Gliko and Kylee Permann combined for 16 kills on the outside. Belt will face Geraldine-Highwood in the next round.

2nd round:

Fort Benton 3, Simms 0

Fort Benton heads to the semi-finals with a dominant performance over the Simms Tigers. Emerson Giese led the way for the Longhorns with 11 kills while Ashlee Wang recorded a game-high 20 digs.

Geraldine-Highwood 3, Belt 1

The undefeated Geraldine-Highwood Rivals stay perfect as they beat a very well-coached and gritty Belt Huskies team. Sarah Davison with a whopping 30 assists while Azzia Rowland continued her dominance with 15 kills.

Geraldine-Highwood and Fort Benton will meet tonight into the semi-finals to clinch a spot in the state tournament in Bozeman next week.

Semi-Finals

Fort Benton 3, Geraldine-Highwood 1

Geraldine-Highwood's unbeaten streak comes to a close as Fort Benton upsets the Rivals after losing to them in the district championship last weekend.

It is a double elimination tournament so they'll await the results of the Belt and Simms loser bracket game. Rivals will play the winner of that game. The winner of that one will play the Longhorns in the championship where they will have secured a bid to state next week.

Finals

Fort Benton 3, Simms 0

More of the same from the dominant Longhorns as Emerson Giese had 10 kills to her name while Francesac Genovese recorded a whopping seven aces en route to a sweep over the Tigers.

Both teams will play in the Class C state championship in Bozeman starting Thursday at Montana State University.