After besting one nationally ranked team on Friday, the Carroll College volleyball team did it again on Saturday to close out the Hope International Invite.

The Saints’ big win this time came over No. 19 Biola, 3-2. The team then finished with a win over The Master’s, 3-1.

In the Biola victory, Carroll (11-2) dropped the first game, 25-17, before bouncing back to win the next two, 25-22, 27-25. Biola evened the match with a 25-18 win before Carroll ended it in the fifth with another close one, 15-13.

Paige Montgomery had an outstanding match, finishing with 19 kills. Brielle Bumgarner had 12 kills and Holley Morehouse added 11 and added in a game-high five blocks. Jonni Dorr had 50 assists for the Saints, and Natalie Kassa had 19 digs.

No details on the win over The Master’s were available at press time.


Trammell homer in 9th lifts Mustangs past Brewers

Taylor Trammell got the final home series off to a rousing start by hitting a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Billings Mustangs to a 5-4 win over the Helena Brewers Saturday night at Dehler Park.

The Mustangs ended a six-game losing streak as they took the first of a three-game series with the Brewers. Sunday and Monday will be the final home games of the regular season.

Trammell also drove in a run on an RBI single in a three-run fifth inning that gave the Mustangs a 4-1 lead. His ninth-inning homer was the second of the season.

Franley Mallen and Yerald Martinez hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning to start Helena's comeback from the three-run deficit.

Gilbert Lara scored the tying run in the top of the eighth on a wild pitch, but that only set the stage for Trammell's dramatics after Dauri Moretz and Soid Marquez (5-3) combined to throw a scoreless ninth for the Mustangs.

The teams play the second game of the series Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. start. Monday's game also has a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.

-- Billings Gazette


Bozeman spikers sweep Capital

Bozeman's highly regarded volleyball team swept Capital High in a non-conference match in Bozeman on Saturday, 25-18, 25-13, 25-18. The unbeaten Lady Hawks improve to 4-0 on the young season, while Capital drops to 1-2.

Molly Watkins led Bozeman with six blocks, while teammates Amber Tarabochia spiked 11 kills, and Allie Lynch posted 25 assists and fired two service aces.

For the Lady Bruins, Celina Sanchez passed for 16 assists, Korrin Thornock posted six kills and Kasydi Lucas had 10 digs. Aubrey McMaster pitched in with three blocks.

-- Curt Synness

Jefferson second in Livingston tourney

Jefferson High placed runner-up in Livingston's Windy City Tournament on Saturday, losing to Class A Butte Central in the finals 25-22, 25-15.

The Lady Panthers were the No. 1 seed out of Pool A with a 3-1 record, and then beat Manhattan 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 in the semi-finals to reach the chipper.

"Much improved hitting from juniors Leah Vossler and Ellie Evertz was a big part of our success today," JHS coach Mike Majors said. "Also, better blocking from sophomore Simonie Mendenhall was an added plus."

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-- Curt Synness

Townsend wins 1 in Livingston

The volleyball team from Townsend went 1-4 at Livingston's Windy City Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Jefferson 25-14 and 25-17, Bridger 25-21 and Class A Havre 25-13, and defeated Jefferson's JV 25-19.

Leading Broadwater on the day were Jessi Hamlen with 15 kills, Kara Saltzman with 16 digs and 20 assists, Maya Guiffre with 29 assists, and Tavia Rooney with three blocks.

"We just need to start coming out ready to play every game," said first-year coach Natalie Horne.

-- Curt Synness


Townsend's Edgerton, McDonnell win in Whitehall

The Townsend boys, led by Bryant Edgerton, ran to a dominant first-place finish at the Whitehall Invitational on Saturday.

Edgerton covered the course in 16 minutes, and was 44 seconds in front of Whitehall’s Hunter Flynn, who finished second. Townsend finished with 26 points, well ahead of second-place Manhattan Christian at 63 and Manhattan at 91.

Townsend’s Nathan Gallegos (17:20) was fourth, Wyatt Herrick (17:26) took fifth and Jack Dolan (17:27) was sixth. Tommy Frost of Townsend rounded out the Top 10 with a 17:51.

In the girls’ race, Manhattan took the title with 49, while Townsend was second with 67.

Grace McDonnell led the way for Townsend, winning the individual title, besting Twin Bridges by eight seconds, finishing in 20:23. Townsend’s Grace Wyse was third in 20:51.


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