“We just kind of show up and play,” is how Dounia Metje describes the impromptu volleyball at the Big Sky Community Park. Every Tuesday around 6 p.m. dozens of people flock to the beach volleyball court in Big Sky. Anywhere from 20 to 70 players show up every week to participate.
“I was super excited.”
Photos courtesy of Jill Bough
Ivy Hicks, All State, All Conference First Team
Chloe Hammond, All Conference First Team
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.
Lone Peak Lady Bighorns earned a 3rd place trophy in the 12C District Conference just after coming out of quarantine.
It should have been a night showcasing teamwork and talent – the kind of competition that only surfaces when teams are well matched. The Lone Peak High School Lay Big Horns and Manhattan Christian Lady Eagles both had undefeated records.
The Lady Big Horns have rarely been taken to four games in a match this season. With momentum clearly on the Lady Big Horns side for the first two games, the Twin Bridges Lady Falcons rallied for the third.
It is rare for the Lady Big Horns to be taken to four games in a match this season, but the Mustangs kept them on their toes, with solid battles the second and fourth games. As head coach Missy Botha has noted, the Big Horns team is well balanced, with solid power on the offense as well as impressive defensive skills.
Harrison/Willow Creek gave the Lady Big Horns a run for their money on Sept. 26, besting them in the third game, but the Lady Big Horns took the match, making their record 8-0.
LPHS vs. Harrison/Willow Creek
WIN 25-12, 25-20, 18-25, 25-10
Team Kills 28 Individual Leader Maddie Cone 11
Though the Manhattan Christian Eagles currently outrank the Lone Peak High School Lady Big Horns due to the nature of the scoring system, the Lady Big Horns remain undefeated.
That is not their focus, though, Head Coach Missy Botha said.