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10 ! The Lovell Chronicle I September 6, 2012 BY DAVID PECK It was a week of highs and lows for the Lovell vol- leyball squad as the Lady Bulldogs first squashed Greybull 3-0 Thursday night for their initial con- ference win of 2012, then struggled at the Wyoming- Montana Duals in Billings Friday and Saturday. Lovell swept Greybull 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 Thurs- day. "Obviously, our num- ber one goal is confer- ence games," coach Stormy Jameson said. "We focused on Greybull last week." Jameson said game one Thursday was closer than it probably should have been. "We are still kind of struggling coming out with intensity from the very be- ginning," she said. "It takes a while to get warmed up. We need to have stron- ger starts. It went back and forth. We kept trading points." The Lady Bulldogs as- serted themselves in the second and third games, and Jameson said team play was the key. "We passed the ball in serve receive very well," she said, noting that, on a scale of 0 to 3, a passing score of over 2 is good. "For all three games we averaged 2.3. "Passing is extreme- ly important. I felt that was one thing we had been struggling with, and we came out against Greybull in all three games over 2. We were able to get into our offense better and get bet- ter swings at the ball." Senior Chelsey Ellis led the team with 15 kills and 15 digs Thursday. "Chelsey just had an all-around very good game," Jameson said. "She passed the ball well and hit the ball well. We fed off of her. We do well if Chelsey does well." Sophomore Emilee Re- asch had eight kills to lead the team, and senior setter Megan McClure had 30 as- sists. "That's a good number," Jameson said of the 30 as- sists. "That's a number we actually shoot for." The Lady Bulldogs also served 95 percent in Greybull (72 of 76), which pleased the coach. MONTANA TOURNAMENT It was a different story at the Montana-Wyoming Duals played Friday and Saturday at Rocky Moun- tain College and Billings Central High School, Jame- son said, calling the tour- nament "the weekend from Hades" for the Lady Bull- dogs. She said she was dis- appointed in her team's performance as the Lady Bulldogs dropped five of six matches. "I can understand los- ing, but we were getting crushed and were not play- ing very good volleyball at all. Things we can control we were not controlling like serving, hitting and pass- ing." On Friday, Lovell fell to Sidney 13-25, 25-17, 14- 25, to Billings Central 9-25, 19-25, 19-25 and to Hardin 18-25, 22-25, 25-22. "We have an off switch," Jameson said. "When our switch is on. we play really well. But when it's off, we just don't play well. There's no middle ground. And we just don't know which team is going to show up." Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Miles City 25-6, 21-25, 11-25, beat Glendive 26-24, 22-25, 28- 26, then closed out the tournament by falling to Sidney again, 14-25, 17-25. NATHAN OSTEa Lovell senior Bonnie Rodriguez rises high to block an attempt by a Greybull player during Lovell's three-game sweep of the Lady Buffs Thursday night. KEY CONFERENCE will have a chance to re- MATCH deem themselves with an- The Lady Bulldogs other important confer- ence match looming tonight (Thursday) in Thermopo- lis. The Lady Bulldogs will meet Thermop at 4 (fresh- men), 5 (JV) and 6 p.m. "It should be a pretty good matchup," Jameson said. "We're pretty even- ly matched. We were at the same tournament (in Billings) but we didn't get a chance to watch them much. "We've got a lot of things we need to try to overcome this week. As good as we passed against Greybull, we struggled at the tournament. We'll focus on that this week. We're struggling to find six play- ers who mesh well together on the court. Normally by this time I want to have a good idea of who the start- ers are and who the consis- tent player. are. Right now we're still struggling to find out what works for us." Friday and Saturday is the Big Horn Tournament hosted by Big Horn High School. Junior varsity ac- tion is Friday, varsity on Saturday. "I like that tourna- ment," Jameson said. "It's our only chance to see teams from the other side of the state." Lady Grizz nette drop conference opener BY DAVID PECK After getting three of four injured players back following the North Big Horn Invitational, the Rocky Mountain Lady Griz- zlies opened conference play in Basin Friday night and fell to the Riverside Lady Rebels 3-1 (23-25, 16- 25, 25-20, 16-25). Back for the conference match were junior Haley Strom, who missed the en- tire tournament in Lovell the previous weekend, and senior Rachael Allred and sophomore Mikaela Hock- er, both of Whom were in- jured during the tourna- ment. Senior Kallee Jo Wilson is recovering from back sur- gery. "We came out in the first game and didn't have a very strong start," said coach Carol McMillin. "We pulled from quite a way be- hind and almost got that game. Hannah Winland had some really amaz- ing serves. She served 12 points in a row. "Our play was pretty solid Friday. With the line- up we had, this was the first time those six girls had played together in a game situation. There were some things they needed to remember and learn. We were pretty consistent at- tacking." After the narrow 23-25 loss in game one, the Lady Grizz struggled a bit in game two, falling 17-25. "Riverside plays more of a tip game," McMillin said. "Our strategy is to hit, and we practice for hits. We had to learn to make adjustments for the tips. KARLA POMEROY Senior Rachael Allred bumps a serve to an awaiting setter during Rocky Mountain's match in Basin against Riverside High School Friday night. The Lady Grizz will attend the Big Horn Invitational this weekend. In the third game (a 25-20 win) we were able to antici- pate the tips and pick them up." Riverside won the final game 25-16. "The girls just haven't learned to finish yet," Mc- Millin said. "They lost the win in their sails. We've gotta finish it. "I believe our skills are there. We just need to push it to the end and be aggres- sive from the first play to the last play." Brianna Hocker, Man- dee Leonhardt and Shauna Loman each finished with six kills in the match, and McMillin said she liked the team balance. Brianna Hocker led the team with 22 digs, Loman added 18 and several others had 10 or more. "They were working pretty hard," the coach said. Allred had three aces, Brianna Hocker, Leonhardt and Winland two each. Hocker and Leonhardt served 94 percent each. Allred and Hocker com- bined for six assisted blocks, and Leonhardt, Loman and Strom had two blocks each. The Rocky junior var- sity squad fell to Riverside 26-24, 17-25, 25-27, and Mc- Millin said the match was a good workout for the young- er members of the squad. BIG ,HORN TOURNEY The Lady Grizzlies will travel across the mountain to participate in the Big Horn Tournament Friday and Saturday. Friday is the junior varsity tournament, and the varsity follows on Saturday. In each case, the morning session consists of pool play, with teams then seeded into a bracket for the afternoon and evening. Teams expected to compete include Lovell, Greybull, Riverside, Burl- ington, Tongue River, host Big Horn, Sundance, Moor- croft, Kaycee and Wright. "We get to see the Northeast teams," McMil- lin said. "The Northeast is always very competitive so it's good to be over there and see some of them." The Lady Grizz host Greybull on Thursday, Sept. 13, for matches at 5 (JV) and 6 p.m. Athletic Director Rod Winland announced last week that all freshman matches for the Lady Griz- zlies have been cancelled this season due to low num- bers on the team. ROCKY MOUNTAIN MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Day/Date Fri. & Sat., Aug. 24/25 Fri., Aug. 31 Fri., Sept. 7 Sat., Sept. 8 Thurs., Sept. 13 Sat., Sept. 15 Thurs., Sept. 20 Sat., Sept. 22 Fri., Sept. 28 Sat., Sept. 29 Tues., Oct. 2 Opponent NBH Invite Riverside Big Horn Greybull Thermopolis Invite Lovell Thermopolis Greybull Invite Lovell Location TBA Basin Big Horn :HOME Thermopolis HOME Therrnopolis Greybull Lovell Sat., Oct. 6 Riverside HOME Thurs., Oct. 11 Fri., Oct. 12 Sat., Oct. 13 Fri., Oct. 19 Sat., Oct. 20 Thermopolis Burlington Greybull Regionals State Thurs., Oct. 25 Fri., Oct. 26 Sat., Oct. 27 HOME HOME Greybull Away Away Time 3pro 9am 2,3,4pm TBA 9am 4,5,6pm 9am 4,5,6pm 12,1,2pm TBA 4,5,6pm 12,1,2pm 4,5,6pm 4:30,5:30,6:30pm 2,3,4pm TBA TBA LOVELL HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL Location Time Day/Date Fri. & Sat., Aug. 23/25 Thurs., Aug. 30 Fri., Aug. 31 Sat., Sept. 1 Thurs., Sept. 6 Fri., Sept. 7 Sat., Sept. 8 Fri., Sept. 14 Sat., Sept. 15 Tues., Sept. 18 Thurs., Sept. 20 Sat., Sept. 29 Tues., Oct. 2 Fri., Oct. 5 Fri., Oct. 12 Sat., Oct. 13 Fri., Oct. 19 Sat., Oct. 20 Thurs., Oct. 25 Fri., Oct. 26 Sat., Oct. 27 Opponent NBH Invite Greybull Wyo/Mont. Duals Thermopolis Bicj Horn JV tourney Big Horn Varsity tourney Riverside Thermopolis Invite Cody Rocky Mountain Thermopolis Rocky Mountain Riverside Greybull Lovell / Cowley Greybull Billings Thermopolis Big Horn Big Horn Basin Thermopolis Cody Cowley HOME HOME HOME 4pm 9am 4,5,6pm 12pm 9am 4,5,6pm TBA TBA HOME Shoshoni HOME Regionals Lander TBA State Casper TBA 2,3,4pm 9am 4,5,6:30pm 4,5,6pm 12,1,2pm 4,5,6pm 4,5,6pm 4,5,6pm 12,1,2pm news announces Root Sports will tele- vise three University of Wyoming football games this fall, the network an- nounced recently. Cov- erage begins on Oct. 13, as the Cowboys face Air Force at 5 p.m. Mountain Time live from War Me- morial Stadium in Lara- mie. Overall, Root Sports will televise 10 Mountain West Conference games in 2012. In addition to the Wy- oming vs. Air Force game, the network will showcase Wyoming at Fresno State on Oct. 20 (8:30 p.m. MT) and San Diego State at Wyoming on Nov. 24 (1:30 p.m. MT). "We are excited to bring University of Wyo- ming ,football games to fans this season," said Root Sports SVP/Gener- al Manager Tim Griggs. "Adding these matchups from the conference only strengthens our college football lineup in the fall. With these games, we con- tinue stress our commit- ment to bringing the best regional sports program- ming to our audience." "Several of our mem- ber institutions' footprints mesh well with the Root Sports territory,", said Mountain West Commis- sioner:: g Thompson. "We look forward to high- quality telecasts on what will be a great platform for Mountain West foot- ball this season." With the addition of these games, Root Sports will televise more than 40 live football contests from the Mountain West, Big Sky Conference, Big 12 Conference and Con- ference USA. Root Sports is Channel 45 and 445 on TCT. Sports Calendar Thursday, Sept. 6 MS volleyball- Lovell 7 hosts Cody and Powell, 3:45 p.m. MS volleyball- Lovell 8th at Cody with Powell, 3:45 p.m. MS football- Rocky at Lovell, 4:15 p.m. MS volleyball - Rocky at Meeteetse, 5:30 p.m. HS volleyball - Lovell at Thermopolis, 4, 5, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 HS JV volleyball - Lovell and Rocky at Big Horn Tournament HS golf - Lovellat Buffalo Invitational, I0 a.m. MS/HS cross country - Lovell at Gillette Invitational, 2 p.m. HS football - Rocky at Wyo. Indian, 6 p.m. HS football - Pinedale at Lovell, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 HS volleyball - Lovell and Rocky at Big Horn Tournament HS golf - Lovell at Buffalo Invitational, 8 a.m. MS football- Rocky at Lovell Jamboree, 9:30 a.m. MS volleyball - Rocky at Ten Sleep, 10 a.m. College football - Toledo at Wyoming, 2 p.m. (no TV) Sunday, Sept. 9 Pro football- Pittsburgh at Denver Broncos, 6 p.m. (NBC) Monday, Sept. 10 Freshman football- Powell at Lovell, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 MS football - Lovell at Burlington, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 MS/HS cross country - Rocky and Lovell at Cody, TBA MS volleyball- Cloud Peak at Rocky, 4 p.m. HS football - Rocky at Cloud Peak, 4 p.m. HS volleyball - Greybull at Rocky, 5 (JV) and 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 HS golf - Lovell at Thermopolis Invitational, TBA HS volleyball - Lovell at Riverside, 2, 3, 4 p.m. MS volleyball - Rocky at Burlington, 4 p.m. HS football - Riverside at Rocky Mtn., 4 p.m. HS football - Lovell at Lyman, 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 HS golf - Lovell at Thermopolis Invitational, TBA HS volleyball- Rocky and Lovell at Thermopolis Tournament MS volleyball - Lovell 7th at Worland with Thermop, 9:30 a.m. MS volleyball- Lovell 8th at Greybutl with Worl and Therm, 9:30 MS football - Lovell at Thermopolis, 9:30 a.m. MS football - Rocky at Burlington, 10 a.m. JV football - Lovell at Thermopolis, 11 a.m. College football - Cal Poly at Wyoming, 4 p.m. (qo TV)