VOLLEYBALL: Hamilton hits past Polson

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POLSON — Hamilton’s recipe for success wasn’t complicated.

The Broncs simply out-hit and outplayed Polson, charging to a 25-13, 25-16, 25-17 straight-set victory on Tuesday night in a Class A volleyball matchup.

“They just beat us today,” Polson head coach Patti Luetzen said. “They came out and hit at us.

“We have to be able to do our job at the net.”

Polson failed to record a block in the match, and Hamilton’s offense thrived as a result.

Cariann Kunkel tallied eight of Hamilton’s 33 kills, which dwarfed Polson’s 11. The Broncs also had eight aces to the Pirates’ three.

“We’re just going to get back in the gym and develop our hitting,” Luetzen said. “Hamilton had some nice hitters.

“It just wasn’t in the cards.”

Polson will look to get back on track at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday when it travels to Browning for a conference match.

Hamilton def. Polson 25-13, 25-16, 25-17

Kills — Hamilton 33 (Cariann Kunkel 8), Polson 11 (Kaelyn Smith 5). Assists — Hamilton 33 (Caitlin Dillon 18), Polson 9 (Jaycee Frydenlund 6). Blocks — Hamilton 5 (Hayley Hudgins 2, Royal Beyer 2), Polson 0. Digs — Hamilton 39 (Dillon 8, Tristy Searle 8), Polson 40 (Kyler Lundeen 14). Aces — Hamilton 8 (Brooke Huxtable 2, Hudgins 2, Beyer 2), Polson 3 (Frydenlund 3).

Libby 3, Troy 0

TROY — Libby dominated Troy from start to finish, sweeping a volleyball match in straight sets — 25-9, 25-5, 25-11 — on Tuesday afternoon.

Jayden Winslow and Brooklyn Rainer recorded eight kills apiece, and Rainer accounted for seven of the Loggers’ 17 aces.

Libby hosts Browning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Libby def. Troy 25-9, 25-5, 25-11

Kills — Libby 35 (Jayden Winslow 8, Brooklyn Rainer 8), Troy 7 (Aurora Becquart 3). Assists — Libby 29 (Alli Collins 28), Troy 6 (Annie Day 5). Blocks — Libby 5 (Mehki Sykes 3), Troy 2 (Becquart 1, Allie Coldwell 1). Digs — Libby 30 (Rainer 8), Troy 17 (Day 4, Coldwell 4, Kaitlyn Downey 4). Aces — Libby 17 (Rainer 7), Troy 0.

Eureka 3, Stillwater 0

Eureka escaped the first set on top and bullied Stillwater late in a straight-set victory — 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 — in a volleyball match on Tuesday afternoon.

The visiting Lions recorded a staggering 20 aces, including four apiece by Rylee Morgan, Kassi Peterson, Liz Pocella and Sienna Utter.

Erynn Thier tallied 10 of Eureka’s 26 kills, while Morgan had 28 of the Lions’ 84 digs.

Eureka travels to Thompson Falls at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Stillwater visits Glacier’s junior varsity team at 5:15 p.m. on Monday.

Eureka def. Stillwater 25-23, 25-14, 25-17

Kills — Eureka 26 (Erynn Thier 10), Stillwater 11 (Selah Neumann N/A). Assists — Eureka 24 (Liz Pocella 24), Stillwater 13 (Ramey Metzger 8). Blocks — Eureka 6 (Sienna Utter 2, Thier 2), Stillwater 6 (Metzger 3). Digs — Eureka 84 (Rylee Morgan 28), Stillwater 27 (Cora Boll 11). Aces — Eureka 20 (Morgan 4, Kassi Peterson 4, Pocella 4, Utter 4), Stillwater 7 (Helen Hashley 3).

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