'Beeters Extend Win Streak to 10, Sweep Box Elder at Home, Slam Highwood 3-1
October 19, 2022
The Chinook Sugarbeeters are on a roll as the team heads into the final week of regular season action. Chinook cruised past Box Elder in their home finale on Thursday, defeating the Bears in straight sets. Saturday the 'Beeters were on the road to take on the Highwood Mountaineers, a team they struggled against in their first meeting. Chinook turned the tables on the Mountaineers Saturday with a 3-1 win to close the gap on the District 7C front runners and stretch their match win streak to 10.
Against the Bears Chinook got off to a fast start and set the tone for the night with a dominant 25-5 first set win. The Bears challenged the 'Beeters a bit more in set number two before falling 25-15. The third set again was all Chinook with the 'Beeters claiming a 25-7 set win to complete the sweep.
The offensive attack for the 'Beeters was led by juniors Teagan Richman and Hallie Neibauer who each slammed home eight in the win. Junior Mya Berreth set the hitters up with 21 Assists while also digging up a team high seven balls for the 'Beeters. Neibauer added nine Aces to the 'Beeter attack as well.
Saturday in Highwood the Sugarbeeters entered the match with a 11-3 conference mark while Mountaineers held the District 7C top spot with a 12-1 record.
The 'Beeters were looking to get off to a fast start against the division leaders Saturday in Highwood and did just that. Chinook slammed home 11 kills in a 25-19 first set win.
Set number two was very much a battle for the Sugarbeeters from the get-go. Highwood brought the attack in set number two, taking a 15-8 advantage early on and coasting to a 25-14 set win to even the match at 1-1.
Junior Teagan Richman fired a Kill down the line to give Chinook a 3-1 lead early in set three getting the 'Beeter offense back on track. Senior Lexi Pitkanen later placed a ball perfectly for a 12-3 lead and sophomore Rilee Molyneaux followed with a big swing of her own.
Sophomore Ashlyn Jensen added a power slam down the middle to the 'Beeter attack and a 15-4 advantage. Highwood mounted a comeback late but the Chinook lead was too much to overcome in a 25-19 third set 'Beeter win.
Sophomore, Sami Malsam began set four with an Ace to get things started and Neibauer began to dominate at the net. Her perfectly timed block against a huge swing from the Mountaineer middle gave Chinook a 3-1 lead.
Neibauer again came up with a huge block at the net against the Mountaineer power attack on the very next serve. In a huge momentum builder, Neibauer thwarted a third straight attack from the Highwood big hitter with yet another block and a 6-1 Chinook lead.
The Mountaineers then changed their approach and went with a soft lob over Neibauer's block at the net. Chinook easily controlled the attack and turned it into a well-placed drop shot from Richman for a 9-1 Chinook lead.
Sophomore, Hannah Schoen put the 'Beeters up 15-6 and another Kill from Jensen extended the lead to 16-7. A great diving save from sophomore Addison Olsen led directly to another Richman Kill. The 'Beeters capped off a 25-9 fourth set win with a cross court set from Berreth to Malsam for a final Kill.
It was a great all around effort for the 'Beeters. Offensively they were paced by Neibauer with 11 Kills while Molyneaux added nine and Richman eight. Berreth recorded 27 Assists in the big win and Molyneaux dug up a team high 14 balls for the defense. Neibauer was a force at the net with six blocks while Richman garnered three.
Head Coach, Paula Molyneaux was excited to see her team perform the way they did against the Mountaineers, "The victory over Highwood was a big highlight as we didn't play well in our first match-up. We definitely missed the offensive skills of Bree Swanson due to an injury, but we still had the benefit of her defensive skills. In addition, Ashlyn Jensen and Sami Malsam stepped in to help the team to a victory."
The 'Beeters certainly elevated their level of play on Saturday, "There are so many great moments in that match like the net battle between Hallie and Highwood's Tinsen, or the amazing saves by Torin Cecrle, Mya Berreth, and Addison Olsen," said Molyneaux. "In addition, we had a very balanced Kill and Block tally thanks to the efforts of Rilee Molyneaux, Teagan Richman, Lexi Pitkanen, Hannah Schoen, Ashlyn Jensen and Belle Elliot."
All around the entire match was a highlight, "What stood out the most to me though, was our total team effort and the way that they celebrated and maintained their momentum through not only our great plays, but also adapted and refocused after the plays that went Highwood's way. We are just starting to find our groove and will go back to work this week to continue to improve our game," concluded Molyneaux.
The 'Beeters closed out their regular season this Tuesday on the road against the Hays/Lodge Pole Thunderbirds. They will now turn their attention to the District 7C Tournament in Fort Benton, October 27-29.