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Sugarbeeters finish 10-0 in 6C-East, head to Districts Thursday


October 24, 2018

Senior Rachel Gunderson and sophomore Delaney Kellam combine to block the attack from the Hawk hitter.

The Chinook Sugarbeeters captured yet another District 6C-East Volleyball crown, finishing the regular season conference schedule with a perfect 10-0 mark.

The Sugarbeeters notched the final 'W' last Monday when they defeated the Chester/Joplin-Inverness Hawks in four sets. Overall the 'Beeters compiled a 12-2 overall record and will enter the post season as the District 6C East No. 1 Seed.

The Sugarbeeters were able to utilize their entire roster in defeating the Hawks and fine tune some things in the process.

The teams played a back and fourth opening set with the Sugarbeeters maintaining a small lead throughout before winning the set 25-21.

Set number two saw the Hawks flip the script and even the match at a set a piece following a 25-20 set win over the 'Beeters.

Chinook responded with a rejuvenated attack and seized the momentum early on to win set number three comfortably 25-18. The 'Beeters were able to close out the Hawks with a narrow 25-22 set win to take the match 3 sets to 1.

The offensive attack compiled 34 Kills on the night with 14 of them coming from senior Kourtney Hanson. Hanson also recorded seven of the teams 10 Blocks in the win.

Senior Rachel Gunderson served up three of the teams eight total Aces and senior Lincy Johnson was responsible for 14 of the teams 46 Digs in the contest.

Sophomore Setter Ginger Hauer set up the hitters with 20 of the Sugarbeeters 29 Assists in the win over the Hawks.

The Sugarbeeters and the rest of their District 6C-East counterparts will now head to Gildford (North Star High School this Thursday and Friday for the District 6C-East Tournament.

The Sugarbeeters and their perfect 10-0 conference mark will be the No. 1 Seed and will play their first match of the tournament Thursday afternoon in the tournaments third match of the day.

Play will begin Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. with the No. 4 Big Sandy Pioneers (3-7, 3-9) taking on the No. 5 Chester/J-I Hawks (3-7, 7-7). The winner of this contest will be Chinooks first opponent.

The other side of the bracket will have the No. 3 Box Elder Bears (6-4, 9-5) taking on the No. 6 Hays/Lodge Pole Thunderbirds (0-10, 0-12) in Match No. 2 of the Tournament. The winner of that match will then take on the No. 2 North Star Knights (8-2, 12-4) in Match No. 4.

The top three teams from the District Tournament will advance to the Northern C Divisional in Belt, November 1-3.

Going into the tournament the Sugarbeeters are the clear favorites having swept the Knights in both matches, although all six sets were close within just a few points.

Chinook easily swept the Bears in their second match late in the season after defeating the Bears in five sets early on.

Sophomore Ginger Hauer is normally called upon to set up the hitters but she can attack the defense as well.

The Knights defeated the Bears in their two head to head matches and all three teams swept the Pioneers, Hawks and Thunderbirds in their respective season series.

While the Sugarbeeters, Knights and Bears appear to be the favorites to advance anything can happen and often does in the post season.

The Northern C Divisional in Belt will include three teams from the District 6C-East, three from the District 6C West and two from the District 7C. The top two teams from the Northern C will advance to the Class C State Tournament in Bozeman November 8-10. The State tournament will be played at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the campus of Montana State University.

Chinook 3 Chester/J.I. 1

Chinook 25 20 25 25

Chester/J.I. 21 25 18 22


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