Lady Buffs face uphill battle

by marlys good

Instead of turning things around on the volleyball court last week, the Lady Buffs fell on hard times. Greybull dropped the decision in an all-important conference rematch with Riverside Thursday night and went 1-3 in the Greybull/Riverside Duals held Friday and Saturday.

Coach Brittany Miller noted that it was senior night for Riverside and the Rebels “came out ready to play, passing and hitting extremely well.” As for the Buffs, a team whose strength has been passing, Miller said “We only passed 49 percent in serve receive. We need to improve in that area.”

The Buffs lost to Riverside in three games, 11-25, 20-25, 22-25.

The duals started on a good note Friday with the Buffs beating Wyoming Indian High School in the opener, 25-13, 25-4. Miller said holding the Lady Chiefs to four points in the second game was a big accomplishment. “Our serving was aggressive and we passed extremely well.”

After beating WIHS, the Buffs fell in successive losses to Tongue River, 25-8, 25-21; Kemmerer, 25-16, 25-14; and Wind River, 25-13, 25-18.

Coach Miller pointed out that her team “went point for point” with Tongue River in the second game and “played some great volleyball.”

The coaching staff had no team or individual statistics available from last week’s matches.

The Buffs and Rocky Mountain, both with just one conference win, are the cellar dwellers in the standings, two spots below Riverside and Lovell, with identical records of 3-2.

To stay out of the pigtail match on Oct. 15, the Lady Buffs have to turn things around in the last three conference matches. It will be an uphill battle as they will be in Thermopolis Friday to play the 4-1 Lady Bobcats, who top the standings; take on the Lady Bulldogs in Lovell Oct. 11, and host Rocky Mountain Oct. 13.

Coach Miller is looking for her team “to take all the positives from this weekend and build on them during practices.”

The Thermopolis matches are at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday Greybull plays the 1A Lady Huskies in Burlington at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.