By George Ferguson
The Havre High Blue Pony volleyball team suffered through a tough weekend at the Electric City Invitational in Great Falls as the Ponies went 2-8 overall.
"It was a tough weekend all the way around," said head coach Lacy Anderson. "We had a lot of things go wrong and we could just never seem to get things going."
On Friday, the Ponies began the day dropping their opening match in pool play to Missoula Big Sky by scores of 18-6 and 18-16. In the second game of the day, Havre was defeated by the Bozeman Hawks 18-9 and 18-7.
The Ponies followed that game with their only victory of the day by defeating the Missoula Sentinel Spartans by scores of 18-16 and 18-12.
However, Havre wasn't able to build on the win. In the evening matches on Friday, the Ponies dropped three more contests to Billings Senior by scores of 18-11 and 18-16, Lewistown 18-12 and 18-15 and Great Falls High 18-15 and 18-10. Although all of the losses were tough on Anderson's team, the loss to Lewistown was especially discouraging.
"It was a great match with them once again," Anderson said. "The girls played really well, but we just couldn't finish it out. We had some things go wrong that really hurt us in the outcome of that match."
One of those things that went wrong was an injury to Alicia Overcast during an afternoon match. Unfortunately, she was unable to play the rest of the day and it left Havre without one of its top contributors. It was the Ponies second loss to division rival Lewistown in as many weeks.
On Saturday, the Ponies started off the day similar to the way Friday ended by losing a quarterfinals consolation match to Kalispell 25-13 and 25-22. Havre regrouped to defeat Browning in loser-out play by scores of 25-13 and 25-22 . But the Ponies were ultimately eliminated from the tournament by the Missoula Hellgate Knights 25-18 and 25-18.
"Hopefully we'll learn some things from this weekend," Anderson said. "We need to be much more consistent in our passing game and just be prepared to play every game."
Havre High will travel to Harlem on Friday and will return home for its first home match of the season on Saturday night against Chinook.