The 2020 LPHS varsity volleyball team made school history as the most successful LPHS volleyball team to date. The team secured third place in the 12C Conference and third place in Divisionals. PHOTO COURTESY MICHELLE HORNING

Making history

LPHS volleyball wins 3rd in Conference and Divisionals

The Lone Peak High School Varsity Volleyball team saw real challenges this year. The girls also rose to the occasion. From a quick victory against Harrison/Willow Creek in the 12C Tournament, to an incredible five game match against Gardiner, which they lost, to vanquishing Shields Valley for 3rd place in the conference. The Lady Bighorns traveled to Seeley Lake for Divisionals – and won. Next they played Hot Springs, where they quickly won. Manhattan Christian, always a dominating force, proved their mettle. The Lady Bighorns travelled to Charlo for a challenge game. In the end, the Bighorns earned third place in Divisionals, making LPHS history.

Lady Bighorns Varsity Volleyball Head Coach Missy Botha explains the ups, downs and determination demonstrated this season:

I cannot ask for a better way to end the season. The girls can look back and be proud of their record and historic push through to the divisional finals, ultimately taking 3rd in the division.

They overcame injury, illness, quarantine, no fans, no homecoming, no senior night and still managed their best season ever.

I want to thank John Hannahs for all his support, he is a huge part of all Lone Peak High School sports and did a ton for us.

Our parents came up big for us this year – volunteering, taking tickets, line judging and working the score table. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on, and having the parents’ support is always appreciated.

The MVP of Team Moms goes to Krisy Hammond. She is undoubtedly the nicest person I know, but aside from that, she put all her care and love into this team. She kept us organized and was key to implementing our Covid health and sanitizing protocol.

JV Head Coach Kara Blodgett had an amazing season as well with her girls. She lays the foundation for good mechanics and court position, so by the time they get to varsity, they are ready to go.

The addition of Bailey Dowd as an assistant coach towards the end of the season was timely, helping with our offense especially. Our hitting and blocking improved dramatically and gave us a boost to make the postseason run.

I want to thank the seniors, Chloe Hammond, Ivy Hicks, Reilly Germain, Hannah Dreisbach, Ruth Blodgett and Nadia Benjdid, for an amazing four years. When you have girls that love the sport so much, and work so hard to improve, it can be a joy to see them evolve into great competitors and strong young women. They have given me memories that will last a lifetime.

I am excited to see how the team shapes up next year with TJ Nordahl, Maddie Cone and Vera Grabow controlling the front court while Jessie Bough and Haley Houghteling scoop up everything in the back. This team is a good foundation for another historic run.

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