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Roberts host inaugural Fall Volley Fest

Thursday, October 7, 2021
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The Roberts volleyball team with their 2nd place plaque for the Fall Volley Fest. Left to right, Charolette Kosel 7, Adrienna Bertolino 12, Grayce Payovich 11, Laynee Holdbrook 5, Bentley Bertolino 16, Makayla Pratt 6, Jozelyn Payovich 4, Hailey Croft 3, Jermaine Kuntz 9, and Angelina Franklin 8.

By Alastair BakerNews EditorRoberts held its first annual Fall Volley Fest Oct. 2 inviting teams from the Tri-Cities, Harlow, Melstone, Custer/Hysham, Park City, Fromberg and Broadview Lavina to participate.  Although Roberts were defeated in the Championship game by Melstone, the whole experience was enjoyed by every team.“It was the first time we’ve held a volleyball tournament like this here and it was a lot of fun,” said Rockets coach Melissa Bertolino.The Lady Rockets started off with Tri-Cities in pool play and won  25-12, 25-16, then beat Fromberg 25-2, 25-16, and Harlow 25-10, 25-20.  In bracket play Roberts defeated Park City 25-22, 24-26, 15-12 before losing to Melstone 25-20, 20, 25, 10-15.It was a busy week for the girls as prior to the Volley Fest they had played and defeated Absarokee and Fromberg/Belfry.Against Absarokee the Lady Rockets won in straight sets 25-16, 25-8, 25-8. Hailey Croft served 5 of the 12 aces, along with getting 7 of the 27 kills and a block. Bentley Bertolino made 4 of 18 digs and 12 of 22 assists. Jozelyn Payovich got the other block.Roberts then defeated Fromberg/Belfry 25-18, 14-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-0, the team serving up 21 aces with Bertolino getting 8 along with 12 of the 19 assists. MaKayla Pratt made 15 of 62 assists and 2 of the 4 blocks. Croft made 12 of 25 kills.