Manhattan Three Forks volleyball

Manhattan’s Adele Didriksen hits around the block of Three Forks’ Keaton Lynn earlier this year.

In a win-or-go-home scenario, Manhattan did what was necessary to extend its season Thursday morning in Columbus.

The Tigers swept Shepherd in the play-in match of the Southern B Divisional to join the field of eight teams. Led by Oliviah Westervelt and Erika Davis, who combined for 21 kills, Manhattan posted a 25-15, 25-23, 25-20 victory.

The Tigers advanced to a first-round match in the tournament and played Colstrip, the champion of District 3B. Manhattan fell 25-23, 25-18, 25-10 and struggled to perform consistently.

Second-year Tigers head coach Charli Chapman noted her team executed well throughout the match against Shepherd.

“We played great team ball. We had high energy, positive attitudes and confidence heading into that match, and it showed,” she said. “Everybody did their job, everybody played their part. We had moments where we had to battle back to a lead, but we served so well in key moments.”

Against Colstrip, Davis tallied a team-high nine kills and three blocks while Amy Grevious contributed 13 digs and had three aces.

“As the match went on, we just kept losing more momentum and there were some big runs. We didn’t pass very well and didn’t have a lot of offensive opportunities to put the ball away and get ourselves back in run situations,” Chapman said. “It was in complete contrast to our morning play.”

Manhattan (11-10) will play District 5B foe Boulder in a loser-out match at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The Tigers need to win three times on Day 2 of the tournament to stay alive.

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.