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Townsend turns tables on Project
Delaware Hansen of Townsend spikes a ball past Huntley Project during the semi-final round Friday night in Bozeman.

BOZEMAN - Huntley Project has flat-out owned Townsend at the past two state volleyball tournaments.

The Red Devils defeated the Bulldogs in the semifinals and the state championship match in 2006. Did it again in 2007.

On Friday night, the Bulldogs bit back.

Townsend turned back the two-time defending Class B state champions 8-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22 to advance to the title match for a third consecutive year.

Huntley Project will play the winner of Colstrip-Manhattan Christian match at 11 a.m. today in the third-place match.

The winner advances to play Townsend for the state championship.

Teams from the Southern B will finish 1-2-3-4.

"We've got to bounce back," said Iona Stookey, the Red Devils' head coach. "We're not going to do anything different. We'll step on the court and play. … May the best team win."

Huntley Project was going for its third consecutive title and fifth in six years. Townsend will be going for its first.

"This is almost unreal," said Jessica Sagissor, a senior for the Bulldogs. "In the past, we've had to come back through the bracket. Now we're in the finals.

"I'm not sure what we'll do with the extra time. I don't usually sleep in anyway."

Sagissor finished with a match-high five blocks.

The Red Devils started fast, building leads of 5-1, 8-2 and 17-6 as they rolled in the first game.

"We came out on fire," Stookey said. "I knew it was going to be a good match."

Townsend began getting the ball to Siobhan Flynn and Becky Moudree. The two put down 16 kills each, and Delaware Hansen added 10.

Townsend broke a 23-23 tie to win the second game, and then led 8-2 and 17-13 before Huntley Project rallied to tie the game at 18-18. But Moudree put down a couple of kills and went long against the bleachers to keep the ball in play.

"Their No. 4, we couldn't stop her," Stookey said of Moudree. "They hit some crucial points at big times."

Monica Hollowell had a match-high 19 kills for the Red Devils.

"They're a great team. They have a lot of great athletes," Sagissor said. "It just all came together for us tonight."

Townsend came out of the Southern B Divisional as the No. 4 seed. The Bulldogs defeated top-seeded Manhattan Christian on Thursday.

"We had some adversity at the divisional but got through it to make it to state," Sagissor said.

Sagissor added that Moudree came down with the flu at the divisional and also had problems with a hip flexor. "Everybody stepped up," Sagissor said.

Flynn also had a team-high 19 digs and four aces for Townsend. Teale Steffes helped Huntley Project with four aces and 46 assists.

Colstrip advanced earlier in the day with a 20-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-18 win over Choteau, as Myshada Rosado came within two blocks of a quadruple-double with 32 assists, 10 kills, 12 digs and eight blocks. She also had two aces. Trina West put down a match-high 15 kills, while Heather McRae added 13. Each also had five blocks. Charli Hartman had 15 digs and two aces for the Fillies.

Huntley Project will play Manhattan Christian in the 11 a.m. third-place match. The winner advances to the championship match against Townsend.

Manhattan Christian turned back Colstrip 25-27, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. Hanna Van Dyk had 22 kills for the winners, along with six blocks.

Kayla Neumiller put down 24 kills for the fourth-place Fillies.

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