Volleyball: Libby wins Western ‘A’ Tip Off Tournament

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The Libby High School volleyball team after they won the Western ‘A’ Tip Off Tournament on Saturday. Front Row: Breanna Runyan, Coach Taylor Balkan, Allie Collins, Linsey Walker, Emma Gruber, Ashlyn Monigold, Kylee Quinn and manager Sammee Bradeen. Back row: Ryggs Johnston, Jayden Winslow, McKenzie Proffitt, Jessika Jones, Sheyla Gallagher, Julia Martineau, Olivia Smith, Ember Rode, Head Coach Cindy Ostrem-Johnston and manager Ryan Christensen. (Courtesy photo)

After emerging from pool play 10-2 and first place among Northwest ‘A’ teams, the Lady Loggers went three sets with the Corvallis Blue Devils to take the tournament win Friday and Saturday.

Libby High School volleyball Head Coach Cindy Ostrem-Johnston said the win makes a great start to the season.

“I am very proud of the way the girls competed, especially in the final match, defeating a very tough team,” Ostrem-Johnston wrote.

The team is doing good when serving aggressively, she said.

Team serving for the tournament was 90 percent, and team attack was .208, which was “Not bad to build on,” she said.

All of the varsity team and a couple junior varsity players made it to participate in the Browning-hosted tournament, and Ostrem-Johnston said it was a great experience for the 12 players who went.

“All of them got at least a little bit of varsity playing time, which should pay off down the stretch,” she wrote.

The Lady Loggers will face their next two opponents at home. They are set to host Columbia Falls Friday, with the froshmore team starting at 4:15 p.m., junior varsity at 5:45 p.m. and varsity at 7:15 p.m.

On Saturday, they will host Whitefish, with the froshmore team at 1 p.m., junior varsity at 2:30 p.m. and varsity at 4 p.m.

Montana Western ‘A’ Tip Off Tournament

Libby vs.: (W) Dillon, 25-5, 25-14; (W) Stevensville 28-27, 25-17; (L) Corvallis, 12-25, 22-25; (W) Frenchtown, 25-16, 25-18; (W) Hamilton, 25-13, 25-19; (L) Butte Central 25-7, 25-12

Championship: Libby vs. Corvallis, 25-21, 14-25, 15-13

Libby tournament stats

Ace: 50

Leaders - Alli Collins 19 (88 percent); Emma Gruber 9 (93 percent), Jayden Winslow 8 (90 percent)

Kills: 149

Leaders - Jayden Winslow 58 (.250); McKenzie Proffitt 34 (.286), Jessika Jones 33 (.194)

Assists: 140

Leaders - Alli Collins 135

Blocks: 18 team

Leaders - McKenzie Proffitt 13, Jayden Winslow 4, Julie Martineau 4, Sheyla Gallagher 3

Digs: 184 (Team serve-receive 2.01)

Leaders (with serve/receive) - Emma Gruber 62 (2.41 serve-receive ratio), Jayden Winslow 45 (2.18 serve-receive ratio); Alli Collins 24; Linsey Walker 21.

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