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Sunday, January 21, 2018

DCHS volleyball learning lots from some tough competition

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson County High School volleyball team has already seen split-set, high-pressure situations in this young season, and the hits kept coming against larger schools in Cody, Wyo. for Border Wars over the weekend.

The Lady Devils managed to recover from a third-set loss to beat host Glasgow in four on Thursday, 25-17, 25-20, 10-15, 15-6. But the competition took a big jump once DCHS crossed the border on Friday. 

“I wish we could fill our first months schedule with teams of this caliber to train and condition,” DCHS head coach Tiffaney Egan said. “The girls adapted well with the faster pace that we don’t see often in our conference.” 

Worland 3, Lady Devils 0

Worland made the quickest work of DCHS, winning in straight sets, 25-14, 25-12, 25-14, and while the Lady Devils were on the losing end of all matches over the weekend, Egan said the team learned some “strong lessons” resulting in “strong preseason development.”

Buffalo 3, Lady Devils 0

Dawson was in two sets against Buffalo, falling in the first 26-28. They lost the second 21-25 and the third 16-25, but Egan noticed some strength in the Lady Devils’ defensive net play.

Thermopolis 3, Lady Devils 2

The Lady Devils gave Thermopolis the best game, gutting out at first-set win, 25-23. After dropping the second 21-25, DCHS recovered to take the third 25-19. Things fell apart a bit in the fourth and fifth sets, as Glendive fell 15-25 and 6-15.

Cody 3, Lady Devils 1

Dawson nearly forced a fifth set against Cody, falling 25-17, 25-12, 15-18, 24-26.

Thea Robson led the team with 81 digs, with Ceeara Staiger and Addie Reinhart coming in with 46 and 41, respectively. Jaley Wyse had 45 assists, and Abby Hill added 32, as the Lady Devils continue to improve setting up their offense. 

It’s good to see senior Taya Torres get a strong eight blocks, and with Kayla Kelly, Hannah Bogar and Staiger each contributing three each.  

Reinhart was the team’s best server, scoring nine aces, and Torres and Staiger led the offense, with 24 and 25 kills, respectively.

“The girls had another great weekend learning, adjusting to and picking up a faster pace, which will help us tremendously,” Egan said.

The JV team split with Sidney and lost to Miles City last Tuesday in the Glendive Triangular. The team ran with three new freshmen — Chloe Mires, Kayla Brown and Ashley Clapp — whom Egan said “show absolute hard work and coachability.”

Coach Shiloh Wynne is still perfecting the JV rotations, and the freshmen played their first game in a 6-2 rotation during the triangular. The freshmen squad split a game with Sidney and lost both with Miles City.

“Karsen Murphy and Alicia Erhart set up the offense and did a great job picking up balls from the defense,” Egan said. “Alicia Mitchell and Tylee Dey showed some great potential with some defense as well as Karsen Murphy and Madelyn Carroll on offense.”

The Lady Devils have a long layoff to continue working on things before Sidney visits on Thursday, Sept. 15. The freshmen start at 4 p.m. The JV goes at 5:30, and the varsity plays at 7 p.m.  

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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