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

By Jack H. Smith
Whitehall Ledger 

Whitehall wins on senior night


October 30, 2019

Courtesy photo

Ashlynn Ellison was one of three seniors honored prior to last Thursday's win over Three Forks.

It was a senior night to remember for the Whitehall High School volleyball team.

The Lady Trojans ended their home season with a thrilling five-set victory (25-22, 25-18, 14-25, 18-25, 17-15) over visiting Three Forks.

"I was extremely proud of the team for pulling out the win on Thursday night. It was truly a team effort and these young women continue to show how tough they are, even when things don't go as planned," said head coach Kyla Simon.

Two days before the game, Whitehall lost freshman Maxine Hoagland for the rest of the season when she suffered an ankle injury in practice.

"Maxine has been an enormous part of both our offense and defense. It was a tough one for sure, but everyone on our team stepped up and worked together to make things work on our side of the net," Simon said. "We have some younger players that have really worked hard this season to improve and are showing that they are ready to step up and get some varsity time, and the experienced players are keeping everyone together and are showing their ability to 'control the controllables' as we like to say. These girls just don't give up."

In action Saturday, the Lady Trojans ended their regular season with a loss at high-powered Townsend.

Whitehall sophomore Brynna Wolfe battles it out against Three Forks in last week's five-set victory. Ledger photo by Melissa Jenkins

"Saturday's game was tough. Townsend is a good team with a fast offense and a huge front line. I don't believe we played to our ability, however. If things go as we hope, we will get another shot at them this weekend and I think they will see our team playing with much more confidence and much more fire," Simon said.

Whitehall will open the postseason Thursday at the 5B District Tournament in Belgrade. The fifth-seeded Lady Trojans will square off with fourth-seeded Three Forks at 11:30 a.m. at the Belgrade Events Center. The two teams split matches during the regular season.

"We are ready to bring it at Districts this weekend. One of our biggest goals this season is to get to Divisionals, and these young women have given so much time, effort and energy to achieving that goal. This is an amazing group that is capable of anything, so I'm looking forward to it," Simon said.

The winner of Thursday's game will play at 2:30 p.m. and the loser will play at 4 p.m.


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