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State B volleyball: Huntley Project, Townsend to meet in undefeated semifinal

State volleyball
Posted at 5:09 PM, Nov 09, 2023

BOZEMAN — Huntley Project and Townsend will meet in the undefeated semifinal of the Class B state volleyball tournament at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse after both teams won quarterfinal matches Thursday.

The Red Devils and Bulldogs, along with Fairfield and Columbus, won first-round matches earlier in the day.

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Towsend def. Columbus 27-29, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 (quarterfinal)

Townsend will get another shot at Huntley Project. The Bulldogs secured their place in the undefeated semifinal with a 27-29, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 win over Columbus in the final match of the day.

Reese Wolfgram had 14 kills, Cassidy Flynn 13 and Kaitlyn Noyes 10 for Townsend. Noyes also had three blocks. Townsend and Huntley Project will meet in the undefeated semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday.

Columbus was led by Aubrey Winter with 17 kills. The Cougars will next play a loser-out match at 2 p.m. Friday.

Huntley Project def. Fairfield 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 (quarterfinal)

Huntley Project is back in Class B the undefeated semifinal. The Red Devils, hunting their third consecutive state title, swept Fairfield 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 in a quarterfinal match Thursday.

Harlie Murphy had a team-high 13 kills for Huntley Project, followed by Sannah Windyboy with 10. Windyboy added three blocks, and Maddison Akins had five.

Toryn Martinez had 10 kills for Fairfield, which will play in a loser-out match at 4 p.m. Friday.

Huntley Project will meet Townsend in the undefeated semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday.

First round

State B volleyball: Huntley Project, Fairfield, Columbus, Townsend into quarterfinals

Townsend def. Fairview 25-15, 25-22, 25-13

Townsend capped off a strong opening round for the Southern B Thursday with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 win over Fairview. The Southern B's three state qualifiers each won their first-round match.

The Bulldogs got 33 assists from Emily Bird, who set up Cassidy Flynn for 10 kills, Reese Wolfgram for nine and Kaitlyn Noyes for eight. Townsend will meet Columbus in a quarterfinal match at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Fairview was led by Macy Tjelde with 11 kills. The Warriors will next play Florence in a loser-out match at noon Friday.

Columbus def. Florence 25-14, 25-17, 25-14

Columbus got its state tournament off to a hot start with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-14 win over Florence in the first round Thursday.

The Cougars, the third seed out of the South, upset West No. 1 Florence behind 16 kills and 15 digs from Aubrey Winter. Brylee Lowell added eight kills and 15 digs, as well, to help Columbus advance to the quarterfinal round. The Cougars will play their quarterfinal match at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Ava Philbrick had a team-high six kills for Florence, which will look to work its way back through the consolation bracket. The Falcons will play a loser-out match at noon Friday.

Fairfield def. Deer Lodge 26-24, 25-23, 25-13

Brynlee Bakken had 11 kills and Toryn Martinez had eight to help Fairfield to a 26-24, 25-23, 25-13 first-round win over Deer Lodge.

Martinez added a match-high eight blocks, as the Eagles recorded 17 blocks as a team. Robyn Mathison also had six blocks for Fairfield, which will play two-time reigning state champion in the quarterfinals. That match is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday.

Taryn Lamb had 12 kills and 19 digs for Deer Lodge. The Wardens will play Eureka in a loser-out match at 10 a.m. Friday.

Huntley Project def. Eureka 25-14, 25-16, 25-10

Perennial power Huntley Project started the Class B state volleyball tournament with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-10 win over Eureka in the first round.

The Red Devils utilized a balanced offensive attack to record 38 team kills. Harlie Murphy had a match-high 10 kills, followed by Maddison Akins with eight, and Brynn Wandle and Sannah Windyboy each with six.

Kirra Ban had three service aces for Huntley Project, which is chasing its third consecutive state championship and 15th in program history. The Red Devils will meet Fairfield in a quarterfinal match at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Kara Stanger had eight kills for Eureka, which will next play Deer Lodge in a loser-out match at 10 a.m. Friday.