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Chinook sweeps North Star, Centerville, now 8-1


September 30, 2020

The Sugarbeeter volleyball team continues to shine on the court and turned in another pair of stellar outings this past week. Thursday the 'Beeters headed to North Star to take on the Rival Knights and quickly dispatched them in straight sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-7.

Saturday the girls were in Centerville to face the Miners and again came away with a win in straight sets, 25-16, 25-14, 25-12. Chinook was scheduled to play host to the Malta M-ettes but that game was canceled early last week.

Thursday Chinook was in Gildford looking to complete the season sweep of the Knights. Chinook had previously swept North Star but the two schools always seem to compete very well against each other.

The match featured the No. 2 and No. 5 teams in the District 7C and had the potential to be a tightly contested match. The first set made it appear that fans were in for a battle with the Sugarbeeters edging the Knights 25-22 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The experienced Chinook team with seven savvy seniors showed their experience in set number two, racing out to an early lead before closing the Knights out 25-16.

When the Sugarbeeters have had an opportunity to finish a match this season they have done so every time. Thursday was no different. The Sugarbeeters were dominate at the start in the middle and at the end of a lopsided 25-7 third set win.

In earning the sweep of the Knights the 'Beeters tallied 36 Kills on the night, led by the effort of senior Delaney Kellam. Senior Hailey Bell helped solidify the defense, digging up 16 balls for the team.

Senior setter Ginger Hauer was in top form for the 'Beeters, setting the hitters up with 17 Assists in the win. Seniors Jayden Miller and Lily Surber have been highly effective for the 'Beeters from the serving line and each recorded a pair of Aces against the Knights Thursday. Bell and sophomore Bree Swanson each recorded four Blocks in the win.

Saturday the 'Beeters headed to Centerville to face the Miners in another District 7C contest. In similar fashion as their previous match, Chinook had previously earned a sweep over the Miners.

The two teams met the first week of the season with the Sugarbeeters coasting to a straight set win and the second go around was nearly identical to the first. The only difference to the match was the location.

Chinook swept the Miners with identical scores to their first meeting 25-16, 25-14 and 25-12. The similarities go even beyond that.

In the first match back on August 29 in Chinook, the Sugarbeeters recorded 19 Kills as a team. Saturday in Centerville, they had 19 Kills. Kellam led the team the first go around with six Kills, Saturday, she had six Kills.

Taking it one step further, back in August the Sugarbeeters recorded 16 Assists with Hauer collecting nine of them. Guess what, Saturday the team again recorded 16, and yes, Hauer had nine. Furthermore in the first meeting between the two teams, Chinook dug up 25 balls and Bell led with five. Remarkably that is the exact number from Saturday's contest.

There were a few miner, no pun intended, between the two matches. In September Chinook had 14 Aces and Saturday against the Miners they had 19 with Bell and Surber each having six.

The Sugarbeeters now have a solid grip on the No. 2 spot in the District 7C with an 8-1 Conference Mark. Fort Benton sits atop the standings with 10-0 record.

The Sugarbeeters will welcome the Big Sandy Pioneers to town Thursday and then head out on the road Saturday to take on the Malta M-ettes.


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