by marlys good
Greybull Buff volleyball fans have a lot to cheer about this year. Their team is 3-1 midway through the conference season, losing only to powerhouse Lovell in the first four matches.
Last week the Lady Buffs scored consecutive victories over Rocky Mountain, 25-14, 25-16, 25-15, and in a fiercely contested match with the Lady Bobcats in Thermopolis, 20-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20, 15-12.
“We had a solid performance against Rocky and I loved the focus the girls had. It was our home opener and having a great crowd to cheer us on was very exciting,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann.
Statistically the Buffs served 91 percent, passed with 84-percent accuracy and had 28 kills and six blocks. Schlattmann noted, “Our girls played phenomenal at the net, getting several soft blocks in addition to the six stuff blocks. Serving and passing were also great.”
Greybull came out flat against Thermopolis and dropped the first game 20-25 before regrouping. “It was up and down all night, but in the end we got the win and it felt great.”
Greybull served 92 percent from the service line, “which surprised me,” Schlattmann said. “It seemed like we missed a lot of serves, but I think we missed some real KEY serves at key times.” Greybull also had 44 kills and three blocks.
“What I loved most is that our girls did not give up or break down. We have talked a lot about the need to stay positive on the floor and they did. It was a team effort for sure.”
Capping off the week was the Thermopolis Invitational Saturday which not an up-to-par performance by the Buffs. “The girls were flat and it really didn’t improve throughout the pool play,” Schlattmann said.
Greybull beat Moorcroft, 21-12, 21-7, split with Rocky Mountain, 21-16, 19-21 and lost to Tongue River by scores of 14-21, 14-21.
Seeded into the Silver bracket Greybull beat its first opponent, Farson-Eden, 25-16 25-19, but was ousted by Little Snake River, 20-25, 25-22, 13-15.
Schlattmann said the Buffs “barely eked into the Silver bracket and the girls were much more alive.” The victory over Farson pitted the Buffs against Snake River, described by Schlattmann as “a fundamentally solid team. They pass well, serve well and keep the ball alive waiting for the other team to make errors.”
The first game was hard fought. “Even though we didn’t get the win, we played pretty good,” according to the coach.
No stats were kept at the tournament but Schlattmann said it seemed like the Buffs had a lot of “mental errors, miscommunications and missed serves.”
Greybull will host Burlington in a homecoming match Friday. Freshmen will play at 2; junior varsity at 3 and the varsity at 4 p.m.
The Huskies are traditionally a solid team so it should be a great match to watch.