Lady Buffs sweep Riverside

by marlys good

The GHS gym was packed and it rocked with the cheers and jeers from the raucous fans, but the Lady Buffs took it all in stride as they beat the Lady Rebels in four sets, 28-26, 20-25, 25-16, 25-15.

With the win, the varsity made it a three-match sweep as both the freshman and varsity squads won their preliminary matches.

“It’s always great to gain wins over Burlington and Riverside,” Coach Brittany Miller said. “I commend every player in our program for their roles in the success of sweeping Riverside. Our girls are working hard and have been extremely coachable. We served and passed the ball extremely well.”

Kudos went to McKenna Powers, who led serving at 21-22 including five aces. “That type of focus is incredible,” Miller said, adding the junior also contributed at the net both offensively and defensively.

“Junior Ceirra Carlson was also listed by Miller for her “key contributions. We set her a ton of balls and she always either put them away or placed them to where Riverside was out of system.”

The Buffs had a tougher go at the Big Horn Tournament Saturday. Without seniors Michaela Denniston and Sarah Bockman, who were taking the ACT test, and Carlson, who had a family commitment, Greybull played with a very young lineup. “It was a huge learning experience for our young squad,“ Miller said.

Greybull lost to Sundance, 19-25, 9-25; Thermopolis, 17-25, 16-25; and twice to Burns, 22-25, 16-25 and 11-21, 11-21; and split with Burlington, 25-11, 16-25.

Greybull will take on the Rocky Mountain Lady Griz today in Cowley. Matches start at 4 p.m.

“We need to have the same intensity and focus when we play Rocky that we had against Riverside,” Miller said.

Friday it will be a homecoming matches versus conference foe Thermopolis at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

Saturday the Buffs compete in the Thermopolis Invitational that starts at 9 a.m.