The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team let it be known that they are a force to be reckoned with among 3A teams at the conference duals held in Powell this weekend.
The girls took on some of the toughest teams in the conference, winning two out four matches, giving all of their opponents a challenge.
On Friday, the girls played Pinedale, winning three out of four sets 25-6, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-21. They also prevailed over Jackson after winning three out of five hard fought sets 25-17, 16-25, 25-22, 22-25 and 15-13.
The girls started off a bit flat in their first game on Saturday against Star Valley, winning their first set 26-24 but falling to the Lady Braves in their last three sets 20-25, 19-25 and 19-25.
“I was very happy with our performance this weekend,” said Coach Stormy Jameson. “Other than our match against Star Valley, I thought we were playing a high level of volleyball more consistently and I think we finally realized that we can play with anybody in 3A and be successful.”
In their second match of the day on Saturday, the girls played Mountain View, the No. 1 ranked team in the state. The girls fought very hard through five challenging sets, starting off slowly, losing their first two sets 13-25 and 17-25 but later gaining momentum, which allowed them to win the next two sets 25-19 and 25-23. In their final set, the Lady Buffalos prevailed 13-15, in a set that was so close it had fans on the edge of their seats.
“I think this conference has given us good momentum heading into this week when we play Burlington and Powell at home,” said Jameson. “Mountain View was the No. 1 3A team in the state and we fought them until the last point and I think that could be our turning point to push us over that hump as serious contenders.”
Emilee Reasch was the team leader for the weekend with 78 kills, 13 blocks and 86 digs. Savanna Savage had 27 kills, 9 blocks and 7 digs. Mykelle Nichols had 31 kills, 1 block, 65 digs, 4 aces and 1 assist. Chayli McArthur had 21 kills, 1 ace, 68 digs, 5 assists and 2 blocks. Lauren Hinckley had 3 kills, 1 ace and 35 digs. Angie Hutzenbiler had 24 digs. Madison Harper had 23 digs and 3 aces. Charri McArthur had 13 kills, 6 aces, 44 digs, 160 assists and 3 blocks. Mandi Jo Baxendale had 23 kills and 22 digs.
The girls will play Burlington at home on Thursday evening with games at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. They will take on Powell for an important conference game on Friday afternoon with games at 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
“This Friday we play an important conference game with Powell, and we really appreciate anyone who comes to the game to cheer and support us,” said Jameson. “Volleyball is a momentum sport and when we have fans cheering it lifts us up and really gives us a huge boost.”
By Patti Carpenter