LHS girls start their season with depth and experience

The Lady Bulldogs practice this week in anticipation of their first tournament of the season, the North Big Horn Invitational, which will be held on their home turf.

The Lady Bulldogs practice this week in anticipation of their first tournament of the season, the North Big Horn Invitational, which will be held on their home turf.

LHS volleyball coach Stormy Jameson said she has a lot to be excited about this year. With 37 girls on the team, she said she has more girls to work with than the coaching staff has seen in several years.

“This year we are very excited about our volleyball program,” said Jameson. “Big numbers like this reflect our success on the court and love of the game.”

The team has seen a great deal of growth under Jameson’s leadership. The team will be moving up from 2A to face much stiffer competition in 3A this year.

“Moving up to 3A this year means that the level of our competition will be higher day in and day out,” said Jameson. “I believe that we will rise to that expectation and compete with all we play against. This is a good year to be moving up because we have a solid core of returning players that will bring a lot of successful experience to the court at the varsity level.”

Seniors Emilee Reasch, Chayli McArthur and Lauren Hinckley will lead the varsity team this year, said Jameson.

“Emilee has started on varsity since her freshman year and is looking to continue her dominance at the net,” she said. “Chayli and Lauren are very versatile and will be threats at a number of positions on the floor.”

She added that juniors Mykelle Nicholls, Charri McArthur and Savanna Savage all started on last year’s varsity squad, as well.

“These girls had good sophomore seasons and I’m expecting great things from them, as well,” she said. “It’s amazing how much someone can improve in a year’s time.”

She said adding senior Angie Hutzenbiler and junior Madison Harper as defensive specialists will help round out the team’s “back row.”

“We have so much potential in this varsity group and it’s my job to make sure we reach that potential,” she said. “We are very motivated to do that.”

The team currently has 15 girls on the JV team and nine on the freshman squad.

“It’s good to have those numbers where every day in practice they have to compete for playing time,” she said.

She said seniors Ivy Abraham and Sami Stevens will be added to the roster when they both get enough practice time to qualify. The two need to make up for lost practice time due to vacations.

The Lady Bulldogs are hosting the North Big Horn Invitational on Friday and Saturday, where they will face off with other teams for the first time this season.  Varsity matches start at 3 p.m. on Friday and pool play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Johnny Winterholler gymnasium in Lovell. JV games will be hosted by Rocky Mountain High School on the same days, with the first match for Lovell’s JV girls starting at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

“Were excited for our first tournament this weekend to see what some of the other squads have and how we measure up to them,” said Jameson.

By Patti Carpenter

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