Lady Buffs drop conference opener

by marlys good

Although it was a three-set loss, 21-25, 16-25, 18-25, for the Lady Buffs in their conference opener against Lovell Aug. 30, Coach Brittany Miller said, “Our girls improved drastically from the (North Big Horn Invitational) to this match. That was our goal – to get better every day.”

Serving was the Buffs’ downfall in the first game. “We were right there; playing the best I have seen a Greybull team play Lovell,” Miller said. But four serving errors in the late stages were too much to overcome.

The Buffs served better in the next two games but lack of varsity experience for many of the athletes cropped up and was a problem overall.

The Buffs passed well out of serve receive, Miller said, noting that Biri Gallegos, Brett Stephens and Cierra Carlson led the team in serve-receive percentage.

Greybull improved at the service line in the last two sets and ended up serving 87 percent as a team. Miller would like to see that go up to at least 90 percent.

Neither Gallegos nor Chai Durfee missed a serve, and McKenna Powers had an eight-point run from the line in the second set.

Powers added seven kills to her stats while both Carlson and Stephens had five kills.

“Our lack of experience shows offensively at the net, but our young players are working so hard every day to improve. I commend their effort and how coachable they are. Experience will come with time,” Miller concluded.

This is a big week for the Lady Buffs. Today (Thursday, Sept. 6) they host archrival Riverside in matches at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.  Friday it’s over the mountain to compete in the two-day Big Horn Invitational.