By George Ferguson
Another pivotal weekend of Hi-Line volleyball is in the books, as several District 6C teams faced off against each other over the two days.
On Friday night in Joplin, the Blue Sky Eagles soundly defeated the J-I Rams by scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 25-5. The Eagles got eight kills and four blocks from Jessica Patrick. Lindsay Anderson added three blocks and four service aces in the victory. The Rams were paced by Amanda Moss, who had four kills, two blocks, and an ace.
In Box Elder, the Box Elder Bears got their first victory of the year by defeating the Big Sandy Pioneers in five games. The Bears dropped the opening game of the match 17-25. They took the next two games 25-16 and 26-24. Big Sandy rallied to win the fourth game 25-16 before the Bears prevailed in the decisive fifth game 15-9. The Bears were led on the court by Brandy Lawrence with 12 kills. Chassidy Parisian added 24 of the Bears' 26 assists in the victory. The loss puts the Pioneers at 2-3 in the conference.
In Sunburst, the Sunburst Refiners continued their winning ways by downing the Chester Coyotes 25-9, 25-14 and 25-23. The Refiners were led by Carley Kleinert with an outstanding 25 kills. Desiree Overcast added 19 assists in the win.
Sunburst remained at home on Saturday and downed the Blue Sky Eagles by scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-19. The Eagles were paced by Lindsay Anderson with eight kills, six blocks and an ace. Holly Haas contributed seven assists in the loss. The Refiners were led once again by Kleinert, who had 25 kills and seven blocks. The Refiners are 6-0 in conference play while the Eagles fell to 5-1. The Eagles will visit Chester on Saturday night.
In Gildford, the KG KouGars beat the Box Elder Bears in four games by scores of 28-26, 22-25, 25-13 and 25-14. KG got 14 kills and 15 digs from Cady Arifin. Emily Stewart added eight blocks and Sasha Haugen had six aces.
Box Elder was led by Chassidy Parisian with 22 assists and five aces. Brandi Lawrence and Tami Infante contributed nine kills apiece. Box Elder will host Rocky Boy on Friday night. KG will visit the Havre High JV team on Thursday night and then host Big Sandy on Saturday.
In Chester, the Chester Coyotes knocked off the J-I Rams by scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-15. Amanda Schlepp led the Coyotes with six kills. The Rams got three kills and three service aces from Megan Herdina.
The Coyotes are now 4-2 in conference play and are currently sitting in third place in District 6C. They will host Blue Sky on Saturday as part of their homecoming festivities. J-I (2-4) will host Box Elder on Friday night.