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Volleyball Goes 4-2 in Opening Weekend
The Lady Celts Volleyball opened its 2011 season with six matches this weekend. On Thursday, the Lady Celts played a tri-match with Our Lady of the Lake University and Friends University before starting the first-ever UST Labor Day Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3 at Jerabeck Gymnasium.

The Lady Celts came out on fire in their first match of the year taking down Our Lady of the Lake in straight sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-16. The Celts were led by newcomer Regina Trapp with 17 kills hitting .379 and veteran Evon Welch with 12 kills hitting .364.

Next up was Friends University. The Celts came out strong taking the first set but could not keep up the pace. Friends found their rhythm and won the last three sets close 25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 26-28. Regina Trapp and Evon Welch once again led the way with 21 and 15 kills respectively. Brittany Weiler had a match high 55 assists.

Friday and Saturday saw the Lady Celts hosting the eight-team Labor Day Tournament. First up for the Celts was the University of Mobile. The match went back and forth from the start. A marathon five-game match saw the Celts come through in the end with a victory, 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11. Evon Welch led the team with 19 kills hitting .395 and Brittany Weiler dished out 48 assists.

Friday night the Celts took on Montana Tech in another four-game thriller. The Celts won in for sets 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23. Regina Trapp led the team with 19 kills and Kirsten Kubicek came off the bench to post 9 kills.

Saturday, the Celts opened the morning playing the only other undefeated team in the tournament, Great Falls University. The Celts came out strong but could not finish the job as they fell in four sets to Great Falls 21-25, 16-25, 25-18, 17-25. Freshman middle block Kylah Dias led the team hitting .462 while Regina Trapp added 15 kills.

The last match of the tournament saw the Celts taking on Schreiner University. The Celts pushed through their sixth match in three days with a three-set victory 25-23, 26-24, 25-10. The Celts had three players with 8 kills, Evon Welch, Regina Trapp, and Kylah Dias.

The Celts finished the tournament with a 3-1 record bringing their season record to 4-2. Brittany Weiler and Regina Trapp were named to the All-Tournament Team. Next up for the Celts is the final match of their seven-match home stand at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at in the Jerabeck Gym.

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