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By Jack H. Smith
Whitehall Ledger 

Whitehall advances to Divisional Tournament


November 4, 2020

The Whitehall High School volleyball won two of three games at last week's 5B District Tournament and has advanced to this week's Southern B Divisional Tournament in Red Lodge.

The Lady Trojans qualified for Divisionals with a third-place finish after a 25-21-27-25, 25-20 home win over Manhattan. Whitehall will open up the tournament with a Thursday, November 5 matchup against the top seed from 4B Joliet.

Following the win over Manhattan, Head Coach Kyla Simon said was ecstatic for her squad, especially because they were able to pick up the huge win at home.

"They have worked really hard and were ready to go for the game. We are grateful to be playing right now and grateful to be healthy," she said. "Our season up to this point has been a learn-as-we-go experience and the whole time, we have tried to trust the process and trust that things would come together the right way at the right time. It means a lot that the girls accomplished this goal in our own gym; the very spot where they have given so much of their time and energy and focus over the last few months."

Brynna Wolfe led the team with 24 assists and Meagan Johnson had 19 digs. Maxine Hoagland had a team-high 12 kills and two blocks. Haley Briggs and Dalaney Scafani each had three aces.

The Lady Trojans opened the 5B District tournament with a 27-25, 25-15, 25-21 home victory over sixth-seeded Three Forks.

Kyla Simon said it was great to be able to get the first win of the tournament.

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Brynna Wolfe and the Lady Trojans are moving on to the Divisional Tournament.

"I'm so proud of the girls for being ready to go despite the nerves and jitters that come with the first game of tourneys. Everyone contributed to the win tonight and it was a good team effort," she said.

Johnson had a big night with a team-high 28 digs and four aces. B Wolfe added 30 assists, and Kendra Klapan finished with 19 kills.

In the semifinals, Whitehall fell at second-seeded Townsend 19-25, 25-19, 16-26, 15-25.

With the next tournament tis week, Simon said Joliet is a well-coached, very good team.

"We are going to have to get up on our side of the net in terms of blocking and netplay, and we're going to have to come out swinging around their block. That means we have to pass well and run our offense to try to keep them out of system. We are excited, but taking this opportunity seriously and we have a new set of goals for the upcoming week," she said.


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