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Bozeman volleyball proves dominance in crosstown rivalry

Posted at 12:19 AM, Oct 21, 2020

BOZEMAN — It was an attempt at redemption Tuesday night for the Belgrade Panthers, traveling to take on rival Bozeman High in Eastern AA volleyball action. Last month the Hawks outlasted the Panthers in a thrilling five-set win, and Bozeman finished victorious again Tuesday night after four sets, 20-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14.

Belgrade was up 24-20 in the first set, dominating most of it. The Hawks did go on a small run at the end of the set to bring it within four, but senior middle blocker Jordan Radick ended the rally with a serve out of bounds to give the Panthers the first set.

Radick made up for the missed serve in the following set, helping her team build a substantial lead over Belgrade. With a 23-16 lead, Clara Fox dished a reverse-set to Radick, who slid over to opposite for the kill of the game. Hawks would go on to win the second set 25-21, tying up the match 1-1.

The Hawks held a block party in Set 3. On set point, Panthers middle blocker Gracey Carter came in for the kill, but it was blocked by Isabel Isley. Belgrade was able to recover the deflection, setting up another kill attempt from Taylor Thomas. Standing at 6-foot-2, Radick slid over to the right of the net and put up a huge block for the win. That gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead.

With momentum on their side, Bozeman cruised through Set 4 with a 25-14 victory.