High School Sports


‘Be a thermostat and not a thermometer:’ Billings Central volleyball challenging themselves

Posted at 6:03 PM, Sep 11, 2018

BILLINGS – Billings Central’s defending State A volleyball champions are already in high gear.

The Rams have beaten everybody in their path this early season, sans a loss to Belgrade in the title match of Havre’s Tip-Off Tournament.

But for a few seasons now, when Central lines up across from Eastern A foes, it might seem as though they’re not often challenged. Here’s how the Rams are avoiding complacency:

“Our coach holds us accountable and we hold ourselves accountable, and I think that’s really important,” said Rams middle blocker/outside hitter Blayne Meyer. “That way, you don’t stay stagnant.”

“It starts with practice,” said OH/MB Olivia MotenSchell. “We played those Wyoming teams (recently) and they weren‘t really at our level, but we still play like we would be playing Belgrade.”

For head coach Kylie Reitz, some philosophies go back to her state championship playing days at Billings Senior.

“When I played for (former Broncs’ volleyball coach Jeff Carroll), he always talked about how you wanted to be a thermostat and not a thermometer,” said Reitz. “You set the temperature versus reading the temperature from the other side. (Our players) are not content with just winning, they want to come out and get better every game.”

The Rams host Hardin Thursday night at 7 p.m.