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CHRONICLE September 5, 2013 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BY PATTI CARPENTER Teams from Lovell, Burlington, Greybull, Kemmer- er, Meeteeste and Ten Sleep traveled for a varsity volley- ball tournament held at Rocky Mountain High School last weekend. The tournament was a warm-up for the girls who are just beginning their season. The Rocky girls were a bit "jittery" in their first game of the season against Meeteetse on Friday night. "The girls were really nervous; it was their first game out," said RMHS coach Jamie Cooley. "After they shook offtheir nerves, the girls played pretty well." In a relatively close first game, ending 28-26 with Meeteetse prevailing, the girls were thrown off a bit by the Meeteetse girls' constant tipping. "Meeteetse tips a lot and the girls were just not ready to cover all those tips," said Cooley. "I think the tipping really got to them, especially since they had first game jit- ters already." Meeteetse prevailed again in the second game, 25-23. "The girls worked well together," said Cooley. "I just wish they could have covered those tips better. It took them a while to get used to it, but by then it was too late." In their second game, the girls took on the Lovell sec- ond team and handled them well, winning both games25- 11 and 25-18. "The girls were having fun," said Cooley. "The nerves were calming down as they adjusted to the game setting." In their third game of the night, the girls played Kem- merer, falling to them 25-15 and 25-17. "Kemmerer has a lot of height on their team and they are a good team with impressive hitters," said Cooley. "I think it was a little intimidating at first." Cooley said the girls got on a good run at a certain point in the game but it wasn't soon enough to pull them ahead of the tough team from Kemmerer. On Saturday, the girls had the opportunity to go round two with Meeteetse for three games. In the first game Rocky prevailed, 25-20. In the second game Meeteetse prevailed 25-19. In the third game the Rocky girls got edged out 15-10. "I felt like we should have had them," said Cooley. PATTI CARPENTER Mikaela Hocker leaps to spike the ball over the net while fellow team members Jennifer Parker and Haley Strom ready themselves for action at the North Big Horn Volleyball Tournament hosted by Rocky Mountain High School last weekend. SEE 'ROCKY GAINS EXPERIENCE,' page 11 BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs showed the competition they are a force to be reck- oned with again this season at the North Big Horn Volleyball Tourna- ment that was held last weekend Aug. 30-31 at Rocky Mountain High School, The tournament began on Friday with pool play that later seeded teams in Saturday's bracket and continued through Saturday with the Lovell girls beating every team along their way to the top. In their first game, the girls faced off with the Burlington Huskies. Ear- ly season jitters got the best of the girls in their first game and they lost 13-25. The girls regrouped and came back to win the next two sets 25-20 and 15-12. "First up, we faced Burlington in our opening match," said Coach Stormy Jameson. "It was a pretty rough start. We came onto the court very nervous, tentative and almost scared looking. It took us losing that set 13-25 to really wake us up. After we shook offthe first game jitters, we fought back and won the next two sets." The girls went on to play Ten Sleep, prevailing 25-13 and 25-16. "We handled them fairly easi- ly and quickly beat them in straight sets," said Jameson. "We needed the confidence booster to know we could come out take care of business when we needed to." In their third game of the day, the girls took on Greybull. The Lady Buffs came out fighting, winning the first game 25-19. The Lady Bulldogs fought back, winning the next two sets 25-23 and 15-6. "We expected Greybull to be pret- ty good, but they came out and real- ly surprised us," said Jameson. "Win- ning State last year put a big target on our backs and Greybull is under a new coaching staff and they are really mo- tivated to win and prove themselves." On Saturday, the girls began their day against their own JV squad, win- ning 25-8 and 25-14. "It was a good warm-up game to get moving around in," said Jameson. "Our JV team has a lot of heart and enthusiasm and stayed positive the whole tournament facing higher com- petition. I think once they get on equal playing fields against other JV squads they will find their success." The win put the varsity girls in the semifinals against Burlington. "The Lady Huskies jumped out and won the first set before the Lady Bulldogs decided to get with it and take care of business the next two sets," said Jameson. "We barely pulled that game out. Burlington had their opportu- nities to beat us and we squeaked by 15-13 in the final set to advance to the championship." The girls were up against Kem- merer in the championship. "We normally don't see Kemmerer throughout the season and match up with them at some point during the re- gional tournament," said Jameson. "It was good to have them competing at our tournament this year to see what we can expect from them in the future. They have a very solid squad with hard servers and two or three power hitters from the outside. We struggled with enthusiasm and energy during this tournament and really wanted to focus II PATTI CARPENTER Power hitter Emilee Reasch slams one over the net while Lady Bulldog Lauren Hinckley waits for a return hit at the North Big Horn Volleyball Tournament last weekend in Cowley. on that in the championship." :: their overall performances this week- The girls achieved that : goal, end," said Jameson of the two girls. winning both games 25-22 and 25- "Savanna tweaked her ankle on Fri- 19 against the very solid team from dayafternoonsowasbattlingthatpain Kemmerer. and still managed to play well." 'Volleyball is such a momentum Mercedes Haney had 14 kills, game that as soon as something goes Mykelle Nichols had 8, Chayli McAr- wrong, itis easy to get negative," said thur had 7, Lauren Hinckley 4, and Jameson. "We wanted to really try to Kassi Renner, Camille Ohman, Char- keep the energy and positive flow on ri McArthur each added two apiece on our side of the court and we were able the weekend. Jameson said it was hard to do that." to keep track of all the blocks, aces, Jameson said she didn't think thedigs and assistsand coach at the same girls were necessarily on their best time, but overall I was happy with ev- game all weekend, but they playederyone'scontributions. well enough to win. "As the season goes on, I expect our "It wasn't the best volleyball weoffense to spread out and our setters will play all season, butyoudon't expect get more and more confident in set- that anyway at the first tournament," ting to all positions more consistently," said Jameson. "We got better and bet- said Jameson. "Ashlee McIntosh (who ter as the tournament progressed and I plays only back row) had a solid perfor- hope to see that continue and progress mance defensively and came up with throughout the season." some key digs when we needed them." Emilee Reasch led the way for theJameson said the tournament team with 35 kills, Savanna Savage showed the team what areas they had 16. need to focus on in practice to prepare "They are our main middle block- ers and we expect a lot of the offense to SEE 'LADY DOGS DOMINATE,' go through them and I was happy with page 11 Find a Friend EXPERIENCE AN EXPERT i: AL COOPER Health Insurance backed by years of experience. FINGER L.ICKIrl HICKErI: : From 4pc. $67" to 20pc. $2275 ...................... 307-527-7564 800-851-2227 bcbswy.com 1414 17th Street Cody BlueCross BlueShield of VVyoming An independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association