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With the Lady Scouts at the State Volleyball Tournament

By: 
John Hanson
Special to the News

The venue is the Brick Breeden Field House at Montana State, it is big and it is noisy. Just watching the girls walk in for the first time...a combination of “Holy Cow” and deer in the head-lights look. Thirty-two teams are represented, trying to capture four state titles.
The girls have to shut out the other games and visual distractions to focus on “Their Game.”
Bridger came in as the top seed from our Divisionals in Laurel and faced the Gardiner Bruins for their opening game.
The ladies started out slow and losing 17-25 in the first set. The second was the complete reverse of the first, but allowed them to catch-up but won 25-18. The third was another reverse so by virtue of the past three matches, it was our turn to come out on top...wrong again!!! It was a great match, and either could have easily won, but in the end we faced the loser bracket by a score of 23-25. As Maxwell Smart used to say “Missed it by that much”.
Scobey was up next. They had traveled 480 miles to Bozeman, and they were a feisty bunch, but when the dust settled we had won in three, 25-22, 25-17, 25-13.
Next were our old pals from Laurel, the Roy/Winifred Outlaws who we dispatched easily, 25-23, 25-19, 25-18.
It set us up to face Bruins and try for a 3rd place finish. Match one goes to the Bruins 25-19, match two, we fall behind, and then start to get our ducks in a row, at the end it is 25-22. The third is a dogfight in which we come out a head 26-24. Match 4, and Gardiner finds the 25 while we were back at 18. Match 5, for all the marbles, this one only goes to 15, slow starts and errors result in disaster. We were tied at 8, and a few miscues found us with 10 to Gardiner’s 15…Checkmate.
The Lady Scouts Team is comprised of a team that bring honor to both their school and to the city of Bridger. The sad part of the season ending is saying goodbye to our four seniors…Cara White who played both back row and net, sure and steady, a leader and a great person; Kate Aisenbrey shone at the net and back row, to the dismay of all; Kate injured her knee on one of the last plays of the Divisional Tournament; Shelby Blanton, played the net and was kind of sleeper and Sylvia Scianna did it all for the team…a southpaw setter, she could jump and deliver a needed kill.
Bridger has an outstanding cadre of returning players…Jessica Adkins anchors the net, a powerful hitter, team leader; Desiree Scott is a force at the net, with her blocking she forces the opponents to either get blocked or go over, which sets up some fun to watch power plays. Three ladies that will be called upon to contribute greatly next year represent the sophomore class; Sami Fusco who can deliver a pretty mean serve; Serena Oyler is a steady hand in the back row, good passer, and Madison Dravetsky can work both the front and back, with a good looking kill shot.
The team has four-freshman player; Emily Adkins who is a setter who has all the attributes that make up for a complete player; Kyra Kroll is the Libero, a defensive specialist who play back row; Taycee Spidahl saw limited action this year but she has all the tools to come on strong as a sophomore and Jenna Kallevig was called upon step in when Kate was injured; and stepped up and played like she belonged.
The coaching staff is top drawer; Wayne Moorman has 10 state titles and has been with our program since the mid-eighties.
Robin Smith has been with the team for almost as long as Wayne. Lena Kallevig is a johnny-come-lately, having played on four Bridger state championship teams she has been hanging around since the 90’s. What a great crew! The girls could be in no better hands. Having been around coaches for many years…these three are the best I have ever seen. Thanks to the parents for entrusting your most precious possession, the fans, loyal and supportive, an administration that puts the girls first and makes all the machinery function. Thanks to Chet for delivering the girls safely and on time.
It was a fun season; lots of miles in the bus, good friends to keep us company. See you in Bozeman next November.

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