Glacier beats Big Sky in Western AA play-in

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Strong net play by Kali Gulick, 15 kills, and Aubrie Rademacher, three blocks, coupled with a great court effort by Maddie Johnson helped Glacier spill Missoula Big Sky 25-19, 27-25, 25-15 on Tuesday evening at Glacier High School in a Western AA volleyball play-in match.

Glacier, the sixth seed, now moves on to play at No. 3 seed Flathead on Thursday at 6 p.m. with that winner advancing to the state tournament Nov. 8-10 in Bozeman.

“For such a young team, the first playoff game most of the kids have played in, I thought they handled it very well,” Glacier coach Christy Harkins said.

“It doesn’t show up in the stats, but I thought my senior defensive specialist Maddie Johnson had a great game. She was aggressive, a good leader on the floor.”

Glacier held a statistical edge on Big Sky in four of the five categories.

In kills, Glacier had a 43-22 advantage.

In blocks, it was 9-2 Glacier.

“At the net, solid play from Kali (Gulick) and Aubrie (Rademacher),” Harkins said.

Glacier also led in assists, 36-16, and aces, 7-6.

Big Sky totaled 58 digs to 40 for Glacier.

The victory was the third of the year for the Wolfpack over the Eagles. All were 3-0 victories.

Kills — Big Sky 22 (Bethany Hicks 6), Glacier 43 (Kali Gulick 15); Blocks — Big Sky 2 (Lizzy Clawson 2), Glacier 9 (Aubrie Rademacher 3); Assists — Big Sky 16 (Katie Rolle 16), Glacier 36 (Kaylee Fritz 30); Digs — Big Sky 58 (Nikki Cathey 19), Glacier 40 (Kacey Hill 12); Aces — Big Sky 6 (Cathey 2, Rolle 2), Glacier 7 (Hill 2, Fritz 2).

Class AA Playoffs

Western Division

Tuesday

Play-In Match

Glacier, No. 6 seed, def. Missoula Big Sky, No. 7 seed, 25-19, 27-25, 25-15

Helena Capital — first seed at state

Helena High — second seed at state

Thursday

6 p.m.

Glacier, No. 6 seed, at Flathead, No. 3 seed

6:30 p.m.

Missoula Hellgate, No. 5 seed, at Missoula Sentinel, No. 4 seed

Eastern Division

Tuesday

Play-In Match

Billings Skyview, No. 6 seed, def. Great Falls High, No. 7 seed, 25-19, 28-26, 25-13

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Billings West — first seed to state

Bozeman — second seed to state

Thursday

6 p.m.

Butte, No. 5 seed, at Great Falls C.M. Russell, No. 4 seed

Thursday or Friday

6 p.m.

Billings Skyview, No. 6 seed, at Billings Senior, No. 3 seed

Final Regular Season Standings

Eastern AA

Overall League

Seed W L W L

1 Billings West 18 10 10 2

2 Bozeman 21 7 10 2

3 Billings Senior 24 7 8 4

4 CMR 16 13 7 5

5 Butte 9 17 4 8

6 Billings Skyview 8 21 2 10

7 Great Falls High 8 20 1 11

Western AA

Overall League

Seed W L W L

1 Helena Capital 24 2 11 1

2 Helena High 21 6 10 2

3 Flathead 18 11 9 3

4 Missoula Sentinel 12 14 4 8

5 Missoula Hellgate 10 15 4 8

6 Glacier 9 17 4 8

7 Missoula Big Sky 3 21 0 12

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