Cowgirls swept by Columbia Falls, Dillon at Class A tourney


The 2013 volleyball season came to a disappointing close for the Custer County District High School Cowgirls as they were swept in their two matches at the Montana Class A Tournament in Bozeman.

The Cowgirls were swept by Columbia Falls 25-9, 25-18 and 25-15 in the first round. In loser-out action, the Cowgirls were swept by Dillon 

Against Columbia Falls, the Cowgirls came out sluggish and were unable to recover in the first set. Columbia Falls opened the game on an 8-1 run and cruised from there for the 25-9 win.

After being humbled in the first set, the Cowgirls settled down and played much better in the second set, but the result was the same, a 25-18 win for Columbia Falls.

In the third game, the Cowgirls were only able to score consecutive points once in the game and Columbia Falls rolled to the 25-14 win.

The Cowgirls had just 22 kills in the match, led by Kadie Heinle with eight and Shaylee Singleton with six. Catherine Nalewaja had 10 assists and Makena Ellingson had nine. Defensively, the Cowgirls had four blocks, two from Jessie Beard, and 49 digs, 13 from Tori Swope.

Columbia Falls had 33 kills, led by eight from Haley Belgarde and Winter Kemppinean. 

They finished with 49 digs, led by 11 from Tiffany Hummer.

Against Dillon, the Cowgirls hung around in each of the three games but were unable to pick up any wins.

In the first set, the Cowgirls trailed by as few as three 15-12, but Dillon steadily pulled away for the 25-17 win.

The second set was much closer, with neither team leading by more than four points. The Cowgirls retook the lead at 21-20 with a kill from Mackenzie Helland. The teams were tied again at 21 and at 22 when a Dillon hitting error gave the Cowgirls a 23-22 lead.

But, three straight kills from Dillon hitters gave them the 25-23 win. There were 11 ties and five lead changes in the set.

Dillon led the third game throughout, but the Cowgirls continued to hang around. Late in the game, Heinle put down a kill to cut the score to 21-20. But Dillon rattled off the next four points to seal the sweep.

The Cowgirls had 27 kills, led by Singleton with eight and Beth Sutter with six. Ellingson had 11 assists and Nalewaja had two aces. 

The Cowgirls had 69 digs in the match, led by Stevie Murphy with 17 and Singleton with 12. Helland and Heinle each had two blocks.

The Cowgirls say goodbye to seven seniors: Tori Swope, Jessie Beard, Catherine Nalewaja, Mariah Schell, Shaylee Singleton and Mackenzie Helland.

Kadie Heinle, Stevie Murphy and Makena Ellingson will return with the most experience for the Cowgirls next season.






Columbia Falls def. Miles City

25-9, 25-18, 25-15

Miles City- Kills: 22 (Kadie Heinle 8). Assists: 20 (Catherine Nalewaja 10). Digs: 49 (Tori Swope 13). Blocks: 4 (Jessie Beard 2). Aces: 2 (Nalewaja, Shaylee Singleton 1).

Columbia Falls- Kills: 33 (Haley Belgarde, Winter Kemppainean 8). Assists: 29 (Cydney Finberg 29). Digs: 49 (Tiffany Hummer 11). Blocks: 4 (Finberg 2). Aces: 5 (Ciera Finberg, Kemppainean 2).

Dillon def. Miles City

25-17, 25-23, 25-20

Miles City- Kills: 27 (Shaylee Singleton 8). Assists: 20 (Makena Ellingson 11). Digs: 69 (Stevie Murphy 17). Blocks: 4 (Mackenzie Helland, Kadie Heinle 2). Aces: 3 (Catherine Nalewaja 2).

Dillon—Stats not reported.