Facing the top team in the Western AA conference, on the road Thursday, the Helena High volleyball team was one set away from a big victory, but fell in five to Sentinel by the scores of 23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 15-12.
The Bengals took the first two sets, each by the score of 25-23 and then failed to close it out, losing three games decided by three points or less.
Lauren Heuiser had a big night for the Bengals, posting 19 kills and seven blocks. Sydney Mattfeldt also had a solid outing for HHS with 13 kills; Kim Feller managed 38 assists and also contributed with 18 digs.
Annika Nehring also had four aces and Katelyn Onespot-Danforth did her part with seven assists and three aces.
Helena High is now 5-7 overall and 3-3 in the Western AA.
High school soccer matches set for Friday in Helena
High school soccer will be on the menu Friday afternoon as both Helena High and Helena Capital will be hosting Kalispell Glacier and Flathead respectively.
The Bengals will open the weekend against Glacier at the Siebel Soccer Fields with the boys playing the Wolfpack at 3 p.m., followed by the girls at 5 p.m.
Capital's teams will host Flathead on Friday with the boys taking on the Braves at 3, followed by the girls at 5 p.m. Both matches will be at Northwest Park.
On Saturday, Capital will host Glacier (9 a.m./11 a.m.), while Helena will host Flathead at the same time. The boys matches will be first on Saturday too.
Jefferson volleyball wins
Jefferson volleyball improved to 7-1 on the season and 5-1 within district play following a three-set victory over Three Forks Thursday night.
The Panthers got 20 kills from Dakota Edmiston as well as 20 assists from Sydney Mace. Sophie Livesay contributed with four blocks, while Gracie Leiva added four aces and Emma McCauley added 19 digs.