HELENA — Junior middle blocker Jamie Pickens spearheaded Helena High's attack on Thursday night in The Jungle, as the Bengal volleyball team swept Missoula Hellgate in three sets, 25-18, 25-12, 25-16.
The Senior Night victory improves Helena to 12-7 overall and 7-4 in Western Conference action. The Bengals are holding down third place, sporting an identical conference record as Capital — although CHS owns the tiebreaker, having swept the crosstown matches.
The Bengals' three seniors on Harper Court for their final regular-season match were Kaci Lloyd, Taelyr Lieberg and Hannah Kerker.
Pickens, a 6-foot-2 junior middle blocker, slammed a match-high 10 kills, and was second on the club with three blocks. Emily Feller dished 30 assists, Loyd posted 10 digs, Emily Pizzini blocked four shots, and Kerker fired three service aces.
"We came out ready to play, and it was a great match for our seniors," Helena coach Lindsey Day said. "They are a classy group and great leaders on and off the court.
"I felt that Hannah (Kerker) played exceptionally well tonight, she served tough and was scrappy in the back row. We're just putting it all together as a team now."
Hellgate was led by Sydney McDaniels' three aces and eight assists.