Helena Capital still leads the Class AA volleyball coaches' poll, which saw only a slight change from last week. Helena High is no longer tied for second with Great Falls CMR, as the Bengals now own the No. 2 slot alone.
Defending state champion Helena Capital improved to 13-0 overall and 7-0 in the Western AA after sweeping the Kalispell schools, defeating Glacier in straight sets last Friday and Flathead in four sets on Saturday. Helena High also defeated the Bravettes and Wolfpack, but did so in only six sets to convince coaches to put the Bengals at No. 2 by themselves.
CMR was still impressive, though, storming through crosstown rival Great Falls High in straight sets last Tuesday in their lone match of the week. The Rustlers (13-1, 6-0) have a firm grip on the Eastern AA, though Bozeman and Billings West are both within striking distance in the final month of the season.
West (12-6, 4-2) remained fourth in the voting after wins over crosstown foes Skyview and Senior, while Bozeman (9-6, 5-2) held on to the No. 5 spot after falling to the Broncs Tuesday before bouncing back to defeat the Falcons on Saturday. The loss to Senior was only Bozeman's second league loss, as the Hawks previously lost to CMR in straight sets on Sept. 28.
The results of the Class AA volleyball coaches' poll for the week of Oct. 7 are below. The ratings are based upon five points for each first-place vote, four points for each second-place vote, etc. First-places votes as of Oct. 7 are in parentheses, followed by the total points.
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Class AA volleyball coaches' poll
Oct. 7, 2019
1. Helena Capital (11) -- 55 points
2. Helena High -- 40 points
3. Great Falls CMR -- 29 points
4. Billings West -- 17 points
5. Bozeman -- 10 points
Receiving votes: Missoula Sentinel.