BOZEMAN — Being a fourth-seeded team was no obstacle for Townsend's volleyball team.
The Bulldogs surged to a sweep (25-8, 25-17, 25-22) over Thompson Falls in the opening round of the State B Tournament on Thursday morning. The Blue Hawks came into the tournament as the No. 1 seed out of the West while Townsend was the fourth seed out of the Southern B.
Trinity Wilson led the way for Townsend with a team-high nine kills. Emily bird had 21 assists and 13 digs. Thompson Falls was paced a match-high 10 kills from Avery Burgess, 10 assists from Ellie Baxter and nine digs apiece from Cheyla Irvine and Burgess.
Townsend, which took third place at last year's tournament, will face Southern B nemesis and defending champion Huntley Project in the semis Thursday evening.
Huntley Project 3, Glasgow 0
The Red Devils swept the Scotties 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 in first-round action with Project's Harlie Murphy pouring on a match-high 18 kills and Maddison Akins adding 10. Kelsey Kreiger had 18 digs for the Red Devils.
Glasgow was paced by five kills apiece from Ava Lloyd and Tatum Nyquist. Daley Aune had 16 assists for the Scotties and and Sammy Tryan had 16 digs.
Colstrip 3, Choteau 0
Abby Bear racked up a match-high 14 kills and delivered three service aces as the Fillies swept through the Bulldogs 25-21, 25-23, 27-25 to setup a match with Shepherd, which swept Bigfork in the final match of the opening round.
Ashtynn Egan and Malea Egan each provided 11 aces for Colstrip. Baer also led the Fillies with 22 assists and 17 digs.
Asia Bouma led Choteau with 15 kills, Tessa Brownell had 18 assists and Ada Bieler supplied six block and 16 digs.