Panthers 2nd at tourney
The Park City Panthers powered their way to second place in the Park City Invitational Tournament in Laurel on Oct. 3,
The Panthers were 4-1 going into the championship match, which they lost to the visiting Ennis Mustangs. Park City lost to the Gardiner Bruins in the opening pool play rounds but got them back in bracket play, defeating the Bruins in three sets.
“The girls started out slow in the morning but picked it up in the afternoon,” Park City head coach Karlee Popp said. “I was really happy with the outcome of the tournament.”
Ennis, which stands at the top of the District 8C conference at 5-0, defeated the Panthers, 25-17, 26-24, to take the championship.
The Panthers defeated Denton-Stanford-Geyser (DGS) in pool play, Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (Tri-City) and Broadview-Lavina in power pool, and Reed Point-Rapelje (RPR) and Gardiner in bracket play. They defeated the Bruins in three sets, 19-25, 27-25, 15-12.
Panther junior Tehya Ray ended the tournament with 42 of the team’s 121 kills. Senior Grace Jacquot had 110 of the team’s 113 assists, senior Hailee Gregerson had 10 of the team’s 42 aces, junior Shelby Branstetter had four of the team’s eight blocks, and junior MacKinzie Verke had 74 of the team’s 235 digs.
Absarokee, the No. 1 team in District 4C volleyball, defeated Tri-City and Harlowton in pool play. Moving to power pool play, the Huskies split with Ennis before losing to Gardiner. Absarokee defeated Harlowton and Tri-City in bracket play, but lost to Ennis.
“What a long day in the gym, but it was a good tournament,” Husky head coach Tonya Steffenson said. “We performed much better during the morning games than we did at the Huntley Tournament two weeks ago.
The Huskies had one more chance with the Bruins in the consolation match, defeating Gardiner 7-25, 25-19, 16-14 to take third place in the tournament.
“I know the girls wanted to play Park City in the consolation game, but I was happy to have a rematch with Gardiner,” Steffenson said. “It’s always a benefit when you can play other teams that are not in your district.”
RPR split with Broadview-Lavina before losing to Ennis in pool play. In power pool, the Renegades split with Harlowton and beat DGS. The Renegades lost to Park City in bracket play.
“The Renegades team played hard throughout the day,” RPR head coach Teresa Bare said. “The tourney is a great opportunity to see competition from outside our conference.”
Park City Invitational at Laurel
Pool play: RPR splits with Broadview-Lavina 23-25, 25-16; Absarokee defeats Tri-City 25-16, 25-14; Ennis splits with Broadview-Lavina 20-25, 19-25; Park City defeats DGS 25-15, 25-13; Gardiner defeats DGS 25-15, 25-13; Tri-City defeats Harlowton 25-17, 25-18; Ennis defeats RPR 25-16, 25-17; Absarokee defeats Harlowton 25-21, 19-14; Gardiner defeats Park City 25-21, 22-16.
Power pool: Absarokee splits with Ennis 24-25, 19-15; Tri-City defeats Broadview-Lavina 25-17, 25-18; Reed Point-Rapelje splits with Harlowton 12-25, 23-22; Gardiner defeats Absarokee 25-21, 16-15; Park City defeats Tri-City 25-21, 17-14; Harlowton defeats DGS 25-11, 25-14; Gardiner splits with Ennis 16-25, 24-20; Park City defeats Broadview-Lavina 25-16, 25-16; RPR defeats DGS 25-17; 25-19.
Bracket play: Tri-City defeats Broadview-Lavina 25-23, 25-18; Ennis defeats DGS 25-9, 25-12; Park City defeats RPR 25-17, 25-14; Absarokee defeats Harlowton 25-22, 25-16; Gardiner defeats Tri-City 32-30, 25-22; Ennis defeats Absarokee 25-16; 25-16; Park City defeats Gardiner 19-25, 27-25, 15-12; Absarokee defeats Tri-City 25-15, 25-13.
Consolation: Absarokee defeats Gardiner 17-25, 25-19, 16-14.
Championship: Ennis defeats Park City 25-17, 26-24.