Polson volleyball 2019 campaign a memorable one

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The Polson volleyball team enjoyed their first trip to the state tournament in Bozeman. (Photo by Tina Quinones)

The Lady Pirates volleyball program, under head coach Lizzy Cox, successfully negotiated the perils of postseason play to advance to the State A stage in eight seasons after a four-year run from 2011-08.

Conferred with all-state status is junior outside hitter Maggie Todd. One performance entailed a career-high 24 kills on the road as part of a week that yielded 53 spikes over the course of three matches.

Receiving second team acknowledgement is senior middle Misty Tenas.

The Lady Pirates reaped a quartet of honorable mentions in senior setter Lena Pawlowski, junior libero/defensive specialist Ara Mercer, junior setter Berkley Ellis and senior outside hitter Grace Quinones.

Pawlowski was primary table setter for the team, but was also a seasonal triple-double century club contributor in both kills and digs with 100 or more in each category.

Mercer anchored the defense, tallying nearly 500 digs.

Ellis functioned as a secondary setter, but was third leading defensive player with 22 dozen digs while serving more than 24 service aces.

Quinones was the second-leading blocker, third-leading spiker and fourth in service aces with 36, contributing more than 200 cumulative points to the season tally.

The 2019 rendition of the Lady Pirates finished second in Northwest A conference play while taking fourth at the Western A Divisional.

Postseason experience not only whets the appetite for a return visit, but likewise elevates awareness of the caliber of play required to compete at the next level.

Polson graduates a trio of seniors in Grace Quinones, Lena Pawlowski and Misty Tenas.

2019 Polson Lady Pirates VB stat pack (11-9)

KILLS P947 (Maggie Todd 319, Misty 222, Grace Quinones 138, Kobb 124, Lena 100, Hallie Moss 16, Ara 13, Berk 10, SaVanna Carpentier 3, Chloe, Liz). ACES 261 (Kobbey Smith 59, Lena 54, Mags 40, GQ 36, Berk 27, Chloe DuCharme 19, Misty 17, Ara 8, SaVanna). ASSISTS 725 (Lena Pawlowski 354, Berkley Ellis 275, Hallie Moss 53, Ara 16, Misty 9, GQ 8, Kobb 4, Mags 3, SaVanna 2, Liz). BLOCKS P156.5 (Misty Tenas 46, GQ 37, Mags 29, Hallie 20, Lena 16, Kobb 12, Berk, SaVanna, Liz). DIGS P1761 (Ara Mercer 461, Mags 323, Berk 244, Kobb 200, GQ 199, Lena 164, Misty 78, Chloe 33, SaVanna 25, Hallie 25, Liz Tolley 8, Turquoise Pierre).

2019tmLP (947K, 261A, 725S, 156.5B, 1751D) Maggie Todd (319K,40A,3S,29B,323D), Misty Tenas (222K,17A,9S,46B,78D), Grace Quinones (138K,36A,8S,37B,199D), Kobbey Smith (124K,59A,4S,12B,200D), Lena Pawlowski (100K,54A,12S,16B,164D), Berkley Ellis (10K,27A,275S,1B,244D), Hallie Moss (16K,53S,20B,25D), Ara Mercer (13K,8A,16S,461D), Chloe DuCharme (1K,19A,33D), SaVanna Carpentier (3K,1A,1S,1B,25D), Liz Tolley (1K,1S,1B,8D), Turquoise Pierre (1D).

primary category leaders kills: Mags, aces: Kobb, assists: Lena, blocks: Misty, digs: Ara.

secondary category leaders kills: Misty, aces: Lena, assists: Berk, blocks: GQ, digs: Mags.

stat specs integrate 2 tourneys (Tip-Off + MC Inv) 14 reg sched & 6 postseason matches.

cumulative career contributions:

Fall2019-18+(2yr+) Grace Quinones (career: 243K,69A,18S,42B,450D)

Fall2019-18 (2yr) Misty Tenas (career: 282K,17A,10S,66B,102D)

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