The sign of a good team is one that can bounce back from losses and Tuesday night, the Helena High volleyball team showed once again it has the ability to do that.
The Bengals were in action last Thursday and dropped their second match of the season to Helena Capital. Yet, Tuesday night, Helena welcomed Missoula Big Sky into the Jungle and responded with a 3-0 sweep of the Eagles.
"I thought we played ok," Helena High head coach Lindsey Day said. "We had a few too many unforced errors that I was a little disappointed in but we just kept after it."
While all of the three sets had competitive portions, the outcome was never really in doubt. The first set was the closest as it was 8-8 in the opening stages, however, the Bengals put together a run and closed out the set 25-17. They then won the next two 25-15 and 25-18.
"I thought that we let some of their runs go a little too long," Day said. "We need to make sure that we are limiting teams to 2-3 points instead of letting them get on long runs and getting stuck in a rotation."
The Bengals dominated the final stats finishing with 33 kills compared to 18 for the Eagles. Elizabeth Heuiser led both teams with 13. Abby Marcille also had eight kills and five blocks for Helena High.
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Emily Feller had a solid night with 23 assists. She also notched four aces in the win. Brooke Ark added two aces of her own, to go along with nine digs. Abbie Christman also managed seven digs, while Caroline Bullock contributed with three blocks.
"I was confident that we would be able to finish and make the plays that we needed to," Day said. "But we still let them hang around a little too long."
Helena Capital was also at home in the Bears Den against Missoula Sentinel and in a rare battle, the Bruins took down the Spartans in four sets by the scores of 25-13, 25-20, 24-26 and 25-21.
The Bruins registered an impressive 52 kills with 16 coming from Paige Bartsch and another 15 from Sarah Ashley. Bartsch also added 12 digs, an ace and a block.
Audrey Hofer also dazzled with 43 assists and 10 digs. Dani Bartsch also added 10 digs.
The Bruins (17-0) will travel to Missoula Big Sky Thursday night. Helena High will also be on the road at Missoula Sentinel.