Conrad opens in Choteau, sweeps Cascade at home

Conrad opens in Choteau, sweeps Cascade at home
PUT BACK — Cowgirl sophomore Olivia Campbell goes up and tips back a shot during a volleyball scrimmage held on Thursday evening. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   After having a good scrimmage on Thursday, the Cowgirl volleyball team got serious and was in Choteau for a tournament over the weekend.
   New coach Dale Janzen said he was pleased with the opening meet, saying “We improved steadily throughout the tournament.
   The Cowgirls placed seventh out of 15 teams and played .500 ball, going 12-12.
   The team opened against Broadwater, last year’s state championship and fell in two games by scores of 14-21. They also dropped two games to Three Forks by identical scores of 15-21.
   After losing to Choteau, 12-21, Conrad put it all together and won 21-20. Choteau would come on to win their own tournament, going 21-3.
   In Round Two of the tourney, the Cowgirls split games with Fairfield, Choteau JV, Whitehall, and Manhattan Christian schools.
   Round Three saw the team drop a pair to Fairfield, come back and win two over Cascade, do the same with Sweet Grass and split with Whitehall.
   Senior Samantha Fagan had a teammate roll over her and has an ankle sprain. Coach Janzen said, “She is day-to-day.”
   There were no individual team statistics kept for the tournament games, only scores.
   Monday night the Cowgirls hosted the Cascade Badgers and overall coach Janzen had to like what he saw.
   The Cowgirls came out with a big broom and swept the Badgers off the court winning the match in straight games by scores of 25-19, 25-11, 25-21.
   In the first game, sophomore Olivia Campbell came to the line with the team trailing 1-3. She put over back-to-back ace serves to gain a tie.
   Later Jenny Silvernale, a senior, pounded back a kill shot for a 7-6 lead the Cowgirls would not give up. Senior setter Alyssa Keil went to the line and got them a five point run and a 23-19 lead. Sophomore Emily Weisgram was at the line for the game point and win, 25-19.
   In the second game, junior Kara Bandow opened the contest at the service line. Backed by an ace and good play at the line by Silvernale, she went on a five point run and took a lead the Cowgirls would not give up, winning 25-11.
   Senior outside hitter Bethany Grubb would also knock down an ace and off a nifty set from Keil; Silvernale blew back a kill shot. She also had a blocked shot at the net for a point.
   There were no ties or lead changes in the game.
   In the rubber game, Cascade tied the set early at 1-1 and 3-3. Silvernale came to the line and with three straight ace serves, the Cowgirls went on an eight point run and never looked back.
   Campbell helped move the squad with another ace at the line and she also torched off a kill shot, coming off a neat set by Taylor Johnson.
Bandow was at the line for game point and the 25-21 win.
   The Cowgirls dropped in 13 ace serves led by Campbell with four, Silvernale three and Keil two.
   Of the 14 kill shots, Silvernale put over 10, Campbell and Grubb had two each.
   Keil dished up 6-10 assists and Johnson had four. Silvernale blocked 4-5 shots for the Cowgirls and Grubb knocked down one.
   This weekend starts the first of four straight road games for the Cowgirls as they go to Chinook for a tournament.
Possibly their toughest match will come on Sept. 18 when they play in Choteau. On Sept. 19, the Cowgirls will host the Fairfield Eagles.