The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Jack H. Smith
Ledger Publisher 

Ladies win two in Manhattan

 

October 4, 2017

Melissa Jenkins

Whitehall's Dorothy Mastel goes for the dig at a recent home match. The Lady Trojans will host Manhattan Thursday.

In a busy week for the Whitehall Lady Trojans volleyball team, the squad continued to show heart and determination and was able to pickup two victories at the Manhattan Christian Invitational.

Whitehall picked up pool play victories over White Sulphur Springs (25-21) and Shields Valley (25-12) at the 15-team tournament.

"The girls did really well against White Sulphur Springs and Shields Valley – they soundly beat Shields Valley which solidified my thoughts that they had a really off day when we played them earlier this season," said head coach Lauren McDonald.

The team fell to Red Lodge (25-18), and Twin Bridges (25-20).

"We also played extremely well against Red Lodge, (last year's Class B state champs) and Twin Bridges – both close losses," McDonald said.

The Lady Trojans fell in the bracket round to Manhattan High School, 25-14, 25-9.

"I'm not sure if the girls were tired when we got to Manhattan, but they still played hard, but came away with a loss," she said.

On Thursday, Whitehall fell in three sets at Townsend, 26-11, 25-12, 26-24.

"It was another tough loss, but the girls played really well as a team. I'm really proud of them. They fought hard to keep their heads in the game and to stay positive throughout," McDonald said. "They're dealing with some changes, but they're continuing to fight through them as a cohesive unit."

Sophomore Ashlynn Ellison and freshman Kendra Klapan each had a team high seven digs. Junior Dorothy Mastel led the team with five kills, three blocks, and two aces. Sophomore Morgan Benner also had two aces. Sophomore Hannah Tebay had team high three assists.

The Lady Trojans will be at home this Thursday when they host Manhattan in Homecoming action. The junior varsity game is scheduled for 5 p.m. with varsity to follow.

"The girls are really striving to work on their mental game. We're pushing mental toughness as well as trying to make sure they're physically prepared for what they might face," McDonald said.

 

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