BOZEMAN -- Bridger is back in the Class C state volleyball championship.
The Scouts finished runner-up last year after forcing a second championship match against Belt. This year, they'll only have to win one championship match in the true double-elimination bracket. Bridger defeated Manhattan Christian 25-20, 12-25, 23-25, 25-13, 15-10 in the undefeated semifinal Friday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse to secure its place in Saturday's championship.
Emily Adkins came up big with 24 kills and four aces for the Scouts, who also got 12 kills, three blocks and 21 digs from Jenna Kallevig. Sami Fucsco had 26 assists in the win, and Kyra Kroll had 30 digs.
Kiersten VanKirk had 28 kills and four blocks for Manhattan Christian, which will now fall to loser-out play. The Eagles will play either Plentywood or Belt in the third-place match at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Class C championship match is scheduled for noon.
Belt def. Plentywood 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-12 (Plentywood gets fourth place)
The reigning champion is still alive at the Class C state volleyball tournament, as Belt notched a 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-12 win over Plentywood in the fourth-place match Friday at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.
Abby Gliko paced the Huskies with 19 kills and one ace, while Kyelie Marquis added nine kills, an ace and 27 digs. Lindsey and Shelby Paulson combined for nine blocks in the match. The Huskies will next play Manhattan Christian in the third-place match at 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner will meet Bridger for the championship at noon.
Plentywood's season comes to a close with the loss. Donn Longan had 19 kills for the Wildcats.
Plentywood def. Charlo 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-8
Donn Longan and Liv Wangerin combined for 42 kills to help Plentywood to a five-set win over Charlo on Friday at the Class C state volleyball tournament. The Wildcats won the loser-out match at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse by scores of 25-20, 19-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-8.
Longan added 19 digs to her 23 kills, while Shayla Fawcett contributed 19 digs and three aces for Plentywood, which will meet Belt in the fourth-place match at 8 p.m. Friday. Ashtyn Curtis had 24 assists, and Alyssa Hurst had two blocks for the Wildcats.
Carlee Fryberger had 20 kills and Connor Fryberger had 16 assists and three aces for Charlo, which was eliminated with the loss.
Belt def. Fort Benton 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 16-14
Belt and Fort Benton have grown accustomed to playing five-set matches with each other this season. Friday at the Class C state volleyball tournament was no different for the Northern C foes.
The reigning champion Huskies survived a thriller, defeating Fort Benton 25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 16-14 to keep their season and repeat hopes alive. Kyelie Marquis (19), Abby Gliko (13) and Shelby Paulson (10) combined for 42 of the Huskies' 46 kills. Marquis and Gliko added two aces each.
Fort Benton had 50 kills in the match, with McKenzie Clark (15), Abby Clark (14) and Nicole Axtman (12) leading the way. The Longhorns, who won the Northern C divisional championship, see their season end with the loss.
Belt, meanwhile, will meet Plentywood or Charlo in the fourth-place match, which is set to tip off at 8 p.m. Friday.
Charlo def. Westby-Grenora 25-20, 25-15, 25-18
Carlee Fryberger had 15 kills and three blocks, leading a balanced Charlo attack in a straight-set sweep over Westby-Grenora Friday at the Class C state volleyball tournament at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Vikings won the loser-out contest by scores of 25-20, 25-15, 25-18.
Fryberger was joined by Liev Smith (9), Bella Hawk (8) and Kira McPhail (6) in combining for 38 kills in the match. McPhail added a pair of blocks, while Smith and Hawk each had two aces for the Vikings. Charlo also got 21 digs from Destiny Manuel and 20 assists from Kassidi Cox.
Charlo advances in the consolation portion of the bracket and faces Plentywood on Friday at 4 p.m. The winner will advance to the fourth-place match.
Westby-Grenora senior Jenna Rust finished her prep volleyball career with 11 kills, 17 digs and a pair of aces. Elizabeth Field added 17 assists, and Samantha Ledahl finished with 16 digs in the defeat.
Belt def. Roy-Winifred 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-18
Adelle Meissner had a whopping 36 digs, Kolby Pimperton dished out 32 assists and Abby Gliko recorded 10 kills as Belt defeated Roy-Winifred in four sets Friday morning at the Class C state volleyball tournament. The Huskies won 19-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-18.
The Huskies were credited with 105 digs, according to the official stats, with Meissner's total leading the charge. Pimperton, Lindsey Paulson and Shelby Paulson each collected three blocks for the Huskies' defense, which played a critical role in the loser-out victory. Kyelie Marquis and Shelby Paulson had nine kills apiece, while Marquis added four aces.
Brroke Schraner added three aces for the Huskies. Belt advances in the consolation bracket and will meet Fort Benton in a rematch of the Northern C divisional championship game. The Longhorns won the divisional championship to earn the No. 1 seed at state.
Roy-Winifred ended its season behind 12 kills and 33 digs from Dyauni Boyce. Madeline Heggem had three blocks, while Trinity Edwards and Boyce each had two. Olivia Geer had 21 digs and two aces in the loss.
Charlo defeated Westby-Grenora in three sets in the second Class C match Friday. The Vikings will square off with Plentywood at 4 p.m.