BOZEMAN — It took a Herculean effort, but Belt is back atop the Class C volleyball world.
The Huskies played two championship matches — and rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second — to claim the Class C state championship at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Saturday. Bridger, which defeated Simms in Saturday’s third-place match, forced a second championship match with a 25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 25-16 win over Belt.
The Huskies bounced back with a 14-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-12 win in the second.
In that second championship match, Kyelie Marquis had 23 kills, Morgan Cooper 16 and Abby Gliko 11. It was Gliko’s final kill that sealed Belt’s win in the fifth set.
Kolby Pimperton had 50 assists and four aces, while Brooke Schraner contributed four blocks. Adelle Meissner had 32 digs, Marquis had 31 and Cooper had 30.
Bridger got 15 kills and five blocks from Desiree Jones Scott in the second championship, which served as the final match for longtime coach Wayne Moorman. Moorman, who started coaching the Scouts in 1985, announced Thursday that he intended to retire after this state tournament.
The Hall of Fame coach won 10 state championships while at Bridger.
This is just the second state championship for Belt, which has now played for the title in each of the past four seasons. The Huskies also won the championship in 2016.