AA State Volleyball Bozeman v. Flathead (copy)

Bozeman's Emma Fox sets the ball during last season's Class AA tournament on Nov. 8 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Emma Fox shot up a pass. Jo Jo Radick seemingly appeared out of nowhere, following with an overwhelming spike for a point.

Those moments, those “insane” plays as Bozeman head coach Ashley Obstar called them, are what the Hawks hope to see more of this season.

With two starters missing, the Hawks played seven matches on the first day of the Great Falls Invite on Friday and went 4-10 over the course of 14 sets.

Without key players, Obstar still wanted to maximize the opportunity to play in a live setting. The highlight, she said, was witnessing Fox build bonds as a setter with her hitters like Radick.

“The goal of this was to really pull together, play as a team, get good reps and get better. That’s what the ultimate goal is,” Obstar said. “Even though our overall record was definitely not our best moment by any means, there were moments where it was great, that’s for sure, where everyone was pulling together as a team.”

Obstar said the Hawks occasionally ran with a full JV front line. However, they still played like they’re capable of even with a full lineup at times, especially near the end of the day. That gives Obstar hope for the second day of the invite on Saturday.

Full statistics were unavailable.

“We ended on a really good note,” Obstar said. “We train pretty hard, and I know a lot of schools do, but our girls have been working really hard in the weight room and getting in volleyball shape. It’s hard to last through until the end of the day, but our girls made it.”

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