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HELENA — Ever since losing to Helena Capital, the Helena High volleyball team has been on a roll and that hot streak continued for the second-ranked Bengals Saturday at home against Kalispell Flathead.

One day after rallying for a five-set win over Kalispell Glacier, the Bengals closed out the regular season with a three-set sweep in the Jungle, on senior day, beating the Braves 25-15, 25-15 and 25-17. 

"It was great," Helena High coach Lindsey Day said. "Our five seniors all played great and they are a special group. It has been a lot of fun to coach them up and it was nice to get a good, comfortable win on senior day."

In the opening set, the Bengals quickly asserted their dominance and built a 14-8 lead after a couple of kills by Abby Marcille. Caroline Bullock added another to make it 19-13 and Helena went to take the first set 25-15.

From there, the Bengals continued to outhit the Braves, who finished the match with just 14 kills compared to 42 for Helena High, which was led by Elizabeth Heuiser who posted 16 kills and four blocks. 

After taking the second set, also by 10, the Bengals fell behind 4-2 in the third before Marcille drove home another kill to cap a 3-0 run. Heuiser eventually finished things off with a kill that wrapped up with the 25-17 win and a 3-0 sweep.

Marcille wound up with 10 kills, while Emily Feller also had a standout performance with 35 assists, three aces and three blocks. 

Julia Burden had six kills and 12 digs to lead the way for the Braves, who will return to Helena Thursday for a Western AA playoff match.

"I thought we played really well," Day said. "I thought we struggled a bit against Glacier and we had to come back, so for us to come back and re-focus was awesome to see."

Helena Capital also celebrated senior day Saturday and took on Kalispell Glacier. Not only did the Bruins send out their seniors with a win, they also wrapped up a perfect regular season with a sweep by the scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-8.

Sarah Ashley had a big day for Capital with 13 kills and 12 digs. Paige Bartsch was also highly productive, 15 and four blocks. Audrey Hofer also contributed with 35 assists and one ace. The Bruins will also open the postseason and the defense of their Class AA state title this week.

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Chris is the sports editor and lead preps reporter for the Independent Record and 406mtsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @cmpetey406

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