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Two-time defending champion Billings Central looks like State A favorite again

Rams won first two tournaments of season
Posted: 4:58 PM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 20:19:28-04
Billings Central volleyball Kylie Reitz

BILLINGS — The two-time defending State A volleyball champion Billings Central Rams are again off to a flying start.

The Rams won both the Eastern A Tip-off tournament and the Cody Border Wars tournament in their opening two weeks. While many teams overlook their early non-conference schedule, Central head coach Kylie Reitz thinks the experience is invaluable.

"It's really important for us to really care a lot, early in the season, during these tournaments that we get the opportunity to play," Reitz said. "We play some tournaments, then we have a bit of a stretch before the divisional and the state tournaments, so it's good to practice caring this early in the season, caring about the results."

The Rams lost only one set in the Eastern A tip-off -- to Havre, before coming back to sweep the Blue Ponies 2-0 in the championship match.

"I've been really proud of the girls. They're unhappy when they don't play well, and I think that that's the reason that we've been successful," said Reitz.

Central swept Livingston in its Eastern A opener last week and will host Lewistown in another conference match Tuesday night at 7 p.m.