Lady Bulldogs make early season impression

Senior Emilee Reasch sends a hit past Kemmerer's blockers Friday afternoon at the North Big Horn County Volleyball Tournament.
Senior Emilee Reasch sends a hit past Kemmerer’s blockers Friday afternoon at the North Big Horn County Volleyball Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs pretty much stomped the competition during the North Big Horn Invitational tournament held in Lovell on Friday and Saturday. The team was undefeated in all six matches played during the two-day competition, allowing them to walk away with first place in the tournament.

“We finished the weekend a perfect 6-0,” said Coach Stormy Jameson. “Although some of the games were competitive, we had solid control of all of our matches and proved to be the strongest team at the tournament.”

The team began pool play on Friday against Greybull, Kemmerer and Meeteetsee. They won 25-5 and 25-19 against Greybull, 25-13 and 25-13 against Kemmerer and 25-11 and 25-6 against Meeteetse.

After sweeping pool play on the first day of the tournament, the team was seeded as the number one team in their pool, said Jameson.

“That put us facing Burlington, then Wind River and a rematch against Kemmerer in the championship,” she said.

On the second day, the team beat Burlington, 25-15 and 25-11. They went on to beat Wind River 25-17 and 25-14 and continued their winning streak into the championship match against Kemmerer, 25-17 and 25-21.

Jameson was pleased with the early season performance of the team.

“Our girls played really well this weekend and took care of business,” she said.  “I think we did a good job of spreading out our offense and everyone contributed.”

Emilee Reasch finished with a team-high of 38 kills, 12 blocks and 33 digs. She also added 7 aces and an assist. Savanna Savage had 11 kills, 8 blocks, 2 aces and 10 digs. Mykelle Nicholls racked up 15 kills, 10 aces, 20 digs and a couple of assists. Chayli McArthur had 17 kills, a block, 7 aces, 31 digs and an assist. Lauren Hinckley had 11 kills, 3 blocks, 9 aces, 27 digs and 5 assists. Charri McArthur finished with 10 kills, 11 aces, 20 digs and 62 assists. Angie Hutzenbiler had an ace and 5 digs and Madison Harper ended with 2 kills, 2 aces and 6 digs.

The team will travel to Montana this week for the “Montana-Wyoming Border Wars” to be held in Billings on Friday and Saturday.

“Were happy with the outcome of the tournament and we are looking forward to continuing that success in Billings this weekend,” said Jameson.

By Patti Carpenter