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State B volleyball: Huntley Project wins 12th overall title

Huntley Project
Emily Poole
Posted at 2:02 PM, Nov 16, 2019

BOZEMAN -- Make it a dozen for Iona Stookey and the Huntley Project volleyball program.

The Red Devils defeated Joliet 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 23-25, 15-7 in the Class B state volleyball championship match Saturday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. It's the third consecutive title -- and 12th overall -- for Huntley Project, which has finished no worse than second each of the past 11 years. Project won five consecutive titles from 2009-13, then finished second the next three years, before winning these past three championships.

Emily Poole had a match-high 20 kills for the Red Devils, who finished with 68 kills as a team. Alana Graves added 18 and Jose Hasler 14. Addy Hultgren assisted 58 of the kills.

Defensively, Graves added five blocks and Poole 32 digs. Macee Murphy had 30 digs and two aces, while Sara Sumner had 27 digs. Josee Krum had two aces, as well.

Saturday's win was the 100th consecutive victory for the Red Devils, who lost just two sets at the state tournament.

Joelle Luoma (17), Makenna Bushman (15) and Skyler Wright (10) combined for 42 of Joliet's 49 kills.

Joliet set up the all-South championship by sweeping Florence-Carlton 25-14, 25-18, 25-14 earlier Saturday. Four J-Hawks -- Shayla Webber, Wright, Bushman and Luoma -- had 10 kills in the match.

Sarah Hopcroft had nine kills for Florence, which finished in the third place.