Volleyball season underway across Stillwater County

By: 
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Last weekend marked the start of the 2018 volleyball season. Here is how the local teams fared in tournaments across the area:

ABSAROKEE

The Huskies played in the Broadview-Lavina Invite on Saturday.

The team went 3-3 in pool play, beating Broadview-Lavina 2-0, splitting 1-1 with the Laurel JV team, and falling to Melstone 0-2. This situated Absarokee as the second seed in the silver bracket entering bracket play. The Huskies defeated Roberts 2-0, but then lost to Fergus JV 0-2.

New Husky Head Coach Nicki Reissig said she is thrilled to be back in her hometown and back in the gym as a Husky. Reissig is looking for her team to be competitive in district play this year.

“Overall, this season we are going to be focusing on enjoying the journey and improving with each game,” she said. “Everyone starts somewhere, but this game is absolutely about timing the peak of your season.”

Absarokee kicks off conference play this week with a match at Belfry on Thursday. The Huskies will again face Roberts during an away match on Saturday.

COLUMBUS

The Cougars hosted the Columbus Invitational last weekend.

The home team went an even 3-3 in pool play during the morning to earn the first seed in the silver bracket. After a first-round bye, Columbus fell to Shepherd in the semifinals. The first game was very close, with the Fillies barely securing a 26-24 victory. The Cougars lost the second game 25-14.

Columbus Head Coach Lindsey Cross was happy with her team’s performance, saying the team played well and is now aware of some aspects of the game that need a little work.

According to Cross, some team goals for the season include improving each game and becoming a force to be reckoned with by tournament time.

“Our team values are what our season will revolve around,” she explained, “and those are: Commitment, Respect, Leadership, and Trust.”

Cross also said the team is looking to start some new traditions and bring pride to the school and community.

This week Columbus will focus on playing tough defense and setting up the offense with accurate passes, according to Cross.

On Thursday, the Cougars will play in their first conference match of the season against Shepherd, a team that beat Columbus in last weekend’s tournament.

REED POINT-RAPELJE

The Renegades kicked off the season with a non-conference match against Denton-Geyser-Stanford last Friday. RPR fell 3-1.

At the Belt Invite on Saturday, the Renegades finished 7th out of 10 teams.

RPR Head Coach Teresa Bare noted that the team is in the middle of the difficult process of replacing some key players from last year’s team who graduated.

“We have some young girls that are working hard to close the gap from EL/JH to the high school level,” she said, noting the team as a whole is working to improve every day.

This week RPR has one more non-conference match-up against Shields Valley in Clyde Park on Friday. Conference play begins during an away game against Custer-Hysham on Saturday.

PARK CITY

The Panthers also played in the opening tournament in Columbus last weekend.

After a 2-4 performance in pool play, Park City found itself ranked fourth heading into bracket play.

The Panthers defeated St. Labre 2-0, with scores of 25-11 and 25-9. After that, Park City fell to a very tough Red Lodge team in two games, 25-15 and 25-11.

This Friday, the Panthers will begin conference play with a match at home against Custer-Hysham.

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