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CHRONICLE October 16, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs vol- leyball 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, giv- ing 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 week- end," 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, start- ing off slowly, losing their first two sets 13-25 and 17- 25 but later gaining momen- tum, 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 momen- tum 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 seri- ous contenders." Emilee Reasch was the team leader for the week- end with 78 kills, 13 blocks and 86 digs. Savanna Sav- age had 27 kills, 9 blocks and 7 digs. Mykelle Nich- ols had 31 kills, 1 block, 65 digs, 4 aces and 1 assist. Chayli McArthur had 21 kills, 1 ace, 68 digs, 5 as- sists and 2 blocks. Lauren Hinckley had 3 kills, 1 ace and 35 digs. Angie Hutzen- biler 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 Burl- ington 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." PATTI CARPENTER Mykelle Nichols tries to get a ball past a wall of blockers on the Mountain View team at the 3A conference tournament held in Powell on Saturday. BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School junior varsity volleyball squad traveled to Powell for the 3A West Conference Duals Fri- day and Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs opened up the tournament by fall- ing to Pinedale in three games and defeating Jackson in two on Friday. Lovell continued on with the tournament Saturday by falling to Star Valley in two games and falling to Moun- tain View in two games. "We played very good against Jackson and I was very proud of them," Coach Chelsey Ellis said. "This tourna- ment helped me decide what we are going to work on this week to really prepare us to play Burlington and Powell." The Lady Bulldogs will host Burlington today (Thurs- day) with the freshman game at 4 p.m., the JV at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m. On Friday, Lovell will host the Powell Panthers in a 3A Northwest Conference Match (for the varsity) with freshmen at 3, JV at 4 and varsity at 5 p.m. BY SAM SMITH The Rocky Mountain High School junior varsity vol- leyball squad hosted the Shoshoni Lady Blue Friday and the Riverside Lady Rebels Saturday. The Lady Grizz fell to Shoshoni 25-19, 25-23 Friday. The freshman team defeated the Lady Blue 25-17, 25-23. Rocky then faced the Lady Rebels Saturday, also at home. The Lady Grizz JVs defeated Riverside 25-18, 25- 17. The freshman team also defeated the Lady Rebels in two games. "They played much better as a team this weekend," Coach Kayla Honeyman said. The Lady Grizz will travel to Greybull Friday with the freshman game at 3 p.m., the JV game at 4 p.m. and the varsity game at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Rocky will host the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats with the freshmen playing at noon, JV at 1 p.m. and varsity at 2 p.m. Lady Mustang netters defeat Cody for consolation championship BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Middle School volleyball squads traveled to or hosted their respective Yellowstone Con- ference Tournaments Sat- urday as the seventh grade traveled to Thermopolis and the eighth grade hosted the tourney. The eighth-grade squad opened up the tournament by facing off with the Lady Buffs of Greybull. The Lady Mustangs defeated Grey- bull in the first game 24-22 on a game-winning kill by Alea Mayes. Lovell fell to the Lady Buffs in the next two games 21-9, 21-18 to fall into the consolation bracket. In the consolation bracket, Lovell first faced Burlington for a spot into the consolation champion- ship game. Lovell swept the Lady Huskies in two close games, 21-19, 21-18. With the win, Lovell was in the consolation championship, facing the Cody Lady Cougars. The Lady Mustangs fell to Cody in a close game one, 21-19, but fought hard and won the next two games 21-18 and 21-19 to win the consolation championship. "It was nice to end the season with a win," Coach Kim Bernstein said. SEVENTH GRADE The seventh grade started off the tourney in Thermopolis Saturday, also with Greybull. The Lady Mustangs fell to Greybull 21-5, 21-13. With the loss, Lovell fell into the consolation brack- et for a match with Rocky Mountain. Lovell fell to the Lady Grizz 21-16, 21-18. BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Grizz volley- ball team took on the tough team from Shoshoni on Fri- day, falling to the powerful Lady Blue all three sets 25- 15, 25-10 and 25-15. "We played three hard games with Shoshoni," said Coach Jamie Cooley. "Our girls showed up and worked hard together. We had a lot of good things going on during the game,. We contin- ued building on the progress we made the weekend be- fore. We were really moving well together executing our offense as a team. "Shoshoni is a great team. They move well and hit hard. We were doing our best to get up and block and cover our blockers, but we just weren't quick enough." Mikaela Hocker had 5 blocks, Livia Higgins had 2, Kaitlyn Hayes and Marissa Arnold each had one. "We now know that blocking coverage is some- thing we need to spend a lit- tle more time on," said Cool- ey. "I was proud of this team and how hard they played." Maddie Crawford acted as the team's libero. "With Maddie as libe- ro, I know our team runs smoother on the floor," said Cooley. "She is able to see and pick up so many pass- PATti CARPENTER Mikaela Hocker slams the ball over the net during a home volleyball game against Shoshoni on Friday evening. es we otherwise would miss. Laura Ferguson also came in the back row for us and did a good job passing for US." Kaitlyn Hayes had 2 kills and 100 percent serves. Hocker had 7 kills and 100 percent serves. Higgins had 5 kills. Marissa Arnold and Brianna Brumwell had 1 kill apiece. Summer John- son had 10 assists. The girls played River- side at home on Saturday afternoon, winning three out of four sets, 25-22, 21- 25, 25-23 and 25-16. "They were excited and ready to play Riverside," said Cooley. "The girls were .... on their game, With _our ira- __. proved passing our hitters were able to get on the ball and we took full advantage of it. It was so fun to watch these girls play and have fun together." Hocker led the team with 10 kills and 7 blocks. Jennifer Parker had 12 set assists. Hayes hadl kill and 3 blocks. Higgins had 3 kills and 2 blocks. Arnold had 8 kills and 1 block. Brumwell had 1 kill and 2 blocks "We were just moving and talking so well, it real- ly kept the girls in the game and helped them build on ev- ery point," said Cooley. "The girls were not only working hard in the back row, but our net play was great." On Thursday, the Lady Grizz will travel to Greybull with games at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. On Saturday, the girls will host Thermopolis with games at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. BY SAM SMITH The Rocky Mountain Middle School volleyball squads traveled to their re- spective conference tour- naments Saturday as the seventh grade traveled to Thermopolis and the eighth grade traveled to Lovell. The eighth-grade squad opened up the tour- nament with the Cody Lady Cougars. Rocky fell to Cody in game one 21-12, but the Lady Grizz fought hard and won the next two games 21-15 and 21-18. With the come-from- behind win, the Lady Grizz advanced to a semi- final game with the even- tual champions, the Pow- ell Lady Cubs. Rocky fell to Powell 21-5, 21-14. With the loss, the Lady Grizz fell into a third and fourth place game with Greybull. Rocky fell to the Lady Buffs 21-16, 22- DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain eighth-grader Makaila Twomey returns a serve during Rocky's first-round win over Cody during the conference tournament in Lovell Saturday. The Lady Grizz went on to place fourth. 20 to finish fourth in the"On any given day, tournament, anything can happen," Coach Jenny Christian- sen said. "You can have the best team in the world, and sometimes things don't go your way. I'm proud of my girls. We did a lot of great things and I look forword to watching them in the future." SEVENTH GRADE The seventh grade opened up the conference tournament by falling to Worland in the first round in two games. With the loss, the Lady Grizz then faced Lovell in the consolation bracket. Rocky defeated Lovell 21- 16, 21-18 to advance to the consolation championship game. The Lady Grizz faced the Burlington Lady Hus- kies for the consolation championship. Rocky de- feated Burlington in two games to end the season on a high note.