Buffs fall to Kemmerer in loser-out match

by marlys good

The Greybull Lady Buff netters survived the pigtail match to earn a berth at the Class 2A West Regional and had hopes of making it through the bracket to earn a trip to the state tournament, but it did not happen.

Greybull lost its opener to the Lady Blue of Shoshoni, 21-25, 22-25, 13-25 and then, in one of the tournament’s bright spots, got by Wind River 23-25, 25-22 25-23, 25-20 to set up a loser-out, winner-to-state match Saturday morning against the Lady Rangers from Kemmerer.

The Buffs won the first game, 25-19 and had the momentum, but Kemmerer, ranked among the top three or four  teams in 2A, wasn’t to be denied. Greybull couldn’t overcome the powerful Ranger attack, and never regained the momentum. They lost the next three games, and the match, 17-25, 21-25, 19-25.

Greybull had to pack its bags, head home, and regroup for another year.

No individual or team statistics from the regional tournament were available from the Buff coaching staff.

Coach Brittany Miller summer the tournament up by saying, “Overall the kids played outstandingly. As a coach all you can ask for is that they give maximum effort and our girls played their hearts out. They went point-for-point the first two games with Shoshoni and looked impressive and had a phenomenal win against Wind River,” a team that had beaten Greybull twice this season. As for the match with Kemmerer, Miller said, “They played hard and were so close to getting to that state tournament.”

Coach Miller said the coaches talked to the girls after the match, “telling them how proud we were of their heart and effort, and thanking our three seniors, Sarah Bockman, Biri Gallegos and Michaela Denniston, for their leadership. All three were key contributors to our team, both on and off the court.”

Then the coaches talked about next year and the direction of the GHS volleyball program.

“Last year was the first time in years we made a regional tournament, so to get there again was a huge step. Now that is our expectation every year.”

Looking at the varsity roster at regionals, in addition to her three seniors, Miller played two freshmen, Madi Edeler and Britney Fink, sophomore Brett Stephens, and juniors McKenna Powers and Ceirra Carlson. All will be returning, and returning with tournament experience, which is a big plus. “I couldn’t be more excited to start next season,” Miller said.

Miller was overwhelmed by the parent/fan support all season as well as at regionals. “We had parents feeding our team pre-game dinners, packing snacks and meals for our road trips, decorating the bus to send us to regionals.” And at the tournament, Miller said she had parents from other schools “commending the fan base from Greybull and how loud and encouraging they were. Our parents went above and beyond,” she said.