Charlo Vikings beat Heat for District 14C Championship

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The 2019 Charlo Lady Vikings (18-2) pose with their hard-earned District 14C volleyball trophy after outlasting the Hot Springs Lady Savage Heat through two championships, the finale going five sets. Standing, from left, are head coach Rhondell Volinkaty, (14) Kaylee Koenig, (5) Hayleigh Smith, (10) Katelyn Young, (6) Brooke Alder, (13) Molly Kate Sullivan, Annaliese DeGrandpre, Kyla Tomlin, assistant coach Jessica Larson. Seated, from left, are (1) Kassidi Cox, (12) Connor Fryberger, (2/34) Destiny Manuel, (7) Bella Hawk (holding trophy), (8) Kira McPhail, (9) Carlee Fryberger, (11) Liev Smith. (Courtesy photo)

At Noxon for the District 14C volleyball tournament, the top-seeded Lady Vikings of Charlo would run the gamut of playoff match experiences. First, there would be a tussle with some Devils on Halloween. Next, embark upon a marathon. Then, a meltdown from too much Heat exposure. Following that, perform an athletic exercise to oust Devils. Thereafter, avert getting burned by too close an encounter from excessive Heat.

On Thursday, the Lady Vikings tussled with the host Lady Red Devils of Noxon on their home court. Away games are often frought with risk, but more so when dealing with Devils on Halloween night. Noxon battled into the high teens in the first set, made a game of set two as both teams tallied among the 20s before Charlo settled the third set by doubling up the Devils.

The start of Friday did not go quite according to plan as Charlo would succumb from too much Heat exposure, specifically at the hands of the Lady Savage Heat of Hot Springs. The undefeated semifinal would result in their first loss of the season to a conference opponent.

Charlo’s next match would be a rematch of their opener against Noxon. The host Lady Red Devils were riding the momentum of a five set victory over Plains. Realizing that the Lady Vikings were vulnerable from witnessing an unanticipated loss and further empowered by a home crowd playing on their home court, Noxon put forward their best match of the season against Charlo, the bookend sets both climbing among the teens before the Lady Vikings settled the match with a third set victory.

The win propelled Charlo back on the championship track. But to claim the prize they would have to unsaddle the Lady Savage Heat from the drivers seat by capturing not just the first championship, but a second as well.

Charlo succeeded in forcing a second championship when they swept the first, but the bookend sets were battles that hung in the balance until the margin could be secured.

The first set of the first championship climbed among the 20s for both teams before the Lady Vikings gained an edge at the end. Charlo controlled the tempo during the second set. The third set would extend into extras as Hot Spring sought to carve into the 2-0 set deficit. But Charlo would succeed in getting the final two points for a 26-24 win and the match.

The second championship would seesaw back and forth, Hot Springs easily handling the first set. Charlo would battle back to even the match at one apiece. The Lady Savage Heat would gain the edge at the end in a crucial third set as both teams sought to gain an advantage over the other. Trailing two sets to one, Charlo found another gear as they left Hot Springs in the dust of the fourth set with a convincing 25-9 margin to even the match at two sets apiece.

The finale would come down to a fifth and final set with the outcome determining which team would wear the tiara. The set would be a close one, but Charlo would prevail with a 15-11 margin to win the 2019 District 14C crown.

Carlee Fryberger would lead Lady Viking tallies at the tournament with 73 cumulative kills. Sister Connor Fryberger crested the century plateau for set assists with 121 cumulative sets over the course of five games, while Kira McPhail was a blockin-maniac with 20 cumulative blocks. Destiny Manuel was the defensive diggin dynamo with more than 130 digs. Bella Hawk and Kassidi Cox sizzled from the service line with Hawk serving up 16 too hot to handle potatoes, while Cox smacked 14 can’t-touch-this doozies while setting the table for others with another 56 set assists.

Lady Viking head coach Rhondell Volinkaty was elated about her team’s performance at the tournament, saying, “I am still on cloud nine with how the girls came back from being defeated in the first game against Hotsprings. To be able to come together as a team and play and win three more matches in a day is exhausting and takes alot of heart. My girls showed incredible stamina and were determined to come out on top. Both teams came to play when we got into the championship games. I told the girls to be selfish as a team and prove to themselves that they deserve to be the champions of the conference. They proved it for sure.”

The Lady Vikings will take the top seed into the Western C Divisional to be held at Manhattan Christian November 7-9 and will face Gardiner (14-5) in the opening rounds. At the Manhattan Christian Invitational earlier in the season in a gold bracket quarterfinal, Charlo and Gardiner split their two set series with the Lady Vikings advancing to the semifinal on point differential. Coach Volinkaty anticipates that her Lady Vikings have as good a chance if not better than any team of climbing a few runs on the postseason ladder. “Going into divisional, I am confident each game will be a great competitive contest. We have seen most of the advancing teams at least once this year and I expect to see some really amazing things from my team.”

2019 District 14C VB Tournament

Noxon Public Schools

Thursday-Friday

October 31-November 1

14C 2nd championship

Charlo def. Hot Springs 3-2

Charlo (18-2), Hot Springs (13-5)

Charlo def. Hot Springs 12-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-9, 15-11

KILLS – C55 (Carlee Fryberger 21, Liev Smith 10, Kira McPhail 10, Bella Hawk 8, Kass Cox 5, Co.Fryberger), HS36 (Katelyn Christensen 12, McKennzie Cannon 9, Syd Jackson 4, Lily Winn 4, Savannah Roosma 2, Brianna Gray 2, Lizzy Fisher 2, Sage Jackson). ACES – C9 (Bella Hawk 3, D.Manuel 3, Kass Cox, Ca.Fryberger, Co.Fryberger), HS6 (McK.Cannon 5, B.Gray). ASSISTS – C43 (Connor Fryberger 25, Kass Cox 17), HS25 (Sydney Jackson 25). BLOCKS – C8 (K.McPhail 5, B.Hawk 2, Ca.Fryberger), HS15 (Ka.Christensen 10, McK.Cannon 3, L.Winn 2). DIGS – C148 (Destiny Manuel 35, Liev Smith 24, Ca.Fryberger 24, Kass Cox 20, Co.Fryberger 18, B.Hawk 18), HS93* (Ka.Christensen 27, Sage Jackson 23, S.Roosma 17, B.Gray 14, Syd Jackson 6, McK.Cannon 4, L.Winn 2).

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14C 1st championship

Charlo def. Hot Springs 3-0

Charlo (17-2), Hot Springs (13-4)

Charlo def. Hot Springs 25-22, 25-14, 26-24

KILLS – C35 (Carlee Fryberger 13), HS19 (Katelyn Christensen 6, McKennzie Cannon 5, Lily Winn 5, Savannah Roosma 2, Sa.Jackson). ACES – C8 (Bella Hawk 4, Kass Cox 2), HS5 (Ka. Christensen 2, McK.Cannon 2, L.Winn). ASSISTS – C31 (Connor Fryberger 20, Kass Cox 11), HS13 (Sydney Jackson 13). BLOCKS – C9 (Kira McPhail 6), HS14 (Ka.Christensen 7, McK.Cannon 4, L.Winn 2, S.Roosma). DIGS – C98 (Destiny Manuel 26), HS45* (Brianna Gray 13, Sage Jackson 11, Ka.Christensen 8, S.Roosma 6, Syd Jackson 5, McK.Cannon, Lilly Fisher). (Fr01Nov19gm8dist)

14C consolation (3rd place)

Charlo def. Noxon 3-0

Charlo (16-2), Noxon (11-7)

Charlo def. Noxon 25-21, 25-13, 25-21

KILLS – N20 (Riley Richter 5), C35 (Carlee Fryberger 14). ACES – N3 (Jenna Freeman), C5 (Kass Cox 2, Bella Hawk). ASSISTS – N15 (Richter 9), C30 (Connor Fryberger 26, Kass Cox 4). BLOCKS – N6 (Avery Burgess 4), C2 (Kira McPhail 2). DIGS – N72 (Richter 17), C119 (Destiny Manuel *31, Ca.Fryberger 27). (Fr01Nov19gm7dist)

14C undefeated semifinal

Hot Springs def. Charlo 3-1

Charlo (15-2), Hot Springs (13-3)

Hot Springs def. Charlo 28-26, 25-22, 20-25, 25-19

KILLS – C49 (Carlee Fryberger 13, Liev Smith 12), HS36 (McKenzie Cannon 13, Katelyn Christensen 8). ACES – C6 (Bella Hawk 5), HS8 (Lily Winn 2, Brianna Gray 2). ASSISTS – C44 (Connor Fryberger 31, Kass Cox 13), HS28 (Sydney Jackson 27). BLOCKS – C7 (Kira McPhail 5), HS25 (McK.Cannon 8, Ka.Christensen 7). DIGS – C123 (Destiny Manuel 27, Ca.Fryberger 26), HS67 (Sage Jackson 23, B.Gray 17). (Fr01Nov19gm5dist)

Senior Night

Charlo def. Lincoln 3-0

14C Charlo (14-1), 13C Lincoln ()

Charlo def. Lincoln 25-10, 25-20, 25-17

KILLS – L13 (Alexis Cannon 5, Andrea LaManna 4), C22 (Carlee Fryberger 7, Kassidi Cox 5, Liev Smith 5, Kira McPhail 4, B.Hawk). ACES – L4 (Nickki Snyder 2), C24 (L.Smith 5, Ca.Fryberger 5, Bella Hawk 4, Kass Cox 3, Hayleigh Smith 2, Kaylee Koenig, Co.Fryberger). ASSISTS – L12 (Sage Kamps 11), C22 (Connor Fryberger 18, Kass Cox 4). BLOCKS – L5 (Alexis Cannon 3), C2 (Kira McPhail 2). DIGS – L19 S.Kamps 4, Maya Whittenberg 4, Jenna Templeton 3, Alyvia Blotkamp 3), C48 (Carlee Fryberger 14, L.Smith 9, Kass Cox 7, Co.Fryberger 5, B.Hawk 5, Destiny Manuel 4, Hayleigh Smith 2, Brooke Alder) (Fr25Oct19)

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