Struggles with serving and a lack of aggression on the part of the Lady Grizz volleyball team cost them two matches this week.
On Thursday night the team traveled to Meeteetse, where they lost three sets to the Lady Longhorns 25-16, 25-18 and 25-21.
“We really struggled with our serving, missing 15 serves throughout the game,” said coach Jamie Cooley. “It really put us back quite a bit.”
Cooley noted that, though Mariah Mader came off the bench serving 100 percent for the team, without some aggressive hitting, the team lagged behind in points.
“This game proved that we still need to get aggressive on the floor,” said Cooley. “We ended the game with only five kills and a total of 34 hitting attempts. Being aggressive and having confidence in ourselves, and our abilities, is something we really need to work on in the next few weeks.”
Cooley said the low ceiling of the Meeteetse gym also threw the girls off.
“The low ceiling gave our girls a run for their money. We really struggled seeing the ball and being able to control our passes,” she said. “That being said, as you can see from the scores that these girls didn’t quit. They pushed themselves to the end, which is something we have been working on–always giving a 100 percent. Whether we are winning by 10 or losing the 3rd game, they are still giving 100 percent of themselves to the very end.”
Game stats include: Brianna Brumwell three kills, Maddy Hocker two kills, Mariah Mader served 9/9 serves in the varsity game and after serving 15/15 in the JV game and Mikayla Campbell served 3/3.
Riverside home game
On Friday afternoon the team hosted Riverside at Rocky Mountain High School, falling short again on three out of four sets 25-16, 25-15, 25-17 (Rocky) and 25-16.
“As I watched the girls play Friday night, I really felt the score didn’t reflect the game being played,” said Cooley. “These girls showed up and finally started to play as one solid team. We really worked hard on keeping our energy up and keeping the negative out. We started to play aggressive on the net–finally.”
Cooley said though she thinks the girls still have a lot of room for improvement, she feels that will come with confidence.
“We had 10 kills for the game and we took 47 swings,” noted Cooley. “That is a step up from the night before.”
She said having Brenda Timmons in as the team’s libero helped the team’s passing improve.
“She really has an amazing ability to read the ball and see the floor, and this is proving to be a huge benefit for our team,” said Cooley.
Cooley said she was also impressed with Pepper Lewis and Maddy Hocker, noting that Lewis had five kills and two blocks and Hocker had eight blocks and one kill.
“Pepper Lewis and Maddy Hocker did a great job working the net for us,” said Cooley.
Other stats include Summer Johnson with 14/14 serves, Kaitlyn Hayes one kill and two blocks; Brianna Brumwell served 9/10 and had one kill; Ashlei Carroll served 75 percent and had one kill; Mikayla Campbell served 86 percent and had one kill.
Next up the girls will travel to Greybull on Thursday, with play beginning at 4 p.m. The girls will travel to a tournament in Big Horn on Friday that continues through Saturday. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the team will host the Lady Bulldogs with games at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.
By Patti Carpenter