St. Maries’ volleyball team did not earn a trophy Nov. 1 at the 2A state volleyball tournament.
The Lumberjacks did, however, take home some bragging rights from a league opponent.
Both St. Maries and Orofino fell in the first round and met on the loser side of the bracket later the same day, where the Lumberjacks got past the Maniacs in straight sets.
“The girls were determined to defeat Orofino, especially after losing to them at districts,” Coach Rachele Asbury said.
Kirsten Miller had 11 kills and Allie Brebner 18 digs in the 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 win. Mackenzie Hammond dished out 20 assists, Taci Watkins had two blocks and Sami Badgett one ace.
St. Maries opened the tournament with a loss to eventual state-champion, Firth, 20-25, 21-25, 15-25.
Kirsten had six kills and Jayden Martin five kills in the effort.
“It showed that we are on the right track,” Coach Asbury said. “We were able to play with them in games one and two, and we had moments where we were ahead of them, but Firth used their past state tournament experience to come out with the win.”
Sami had 10 assists, Allie 20 digs, Shelby Martin two blocks and Mackenzie two aces.
After defeating Orofino, the Jacks were eliminated by Bear Lake 20-25, 16-25, 10-25.
Sami had five kills, Mackenzie eight assists and Allie 12 digs.
“We didn’t see it as a loss, just another opportunity to learn from,” Coach Asbury said. “We, both coaches and players, are excited for next season.”
Taci Watkins and Shelby each recorded a block in the effort. Teammates Sami and Mackenzie both served a pair of aces for the Lumberjacks.
St. Maries closes its season with a 12-18 record.