Lady Buffs drop title match to Thermop

by marlys good

The Greybull Lady Buffs came out of pool play at the Big Horn Invitational Friday with a 3-3 record and were seeded into the Gold bracket Saturday where they defeated both Burlington and Big Horn before losing the championship match to Thermopolis, 16-25, 25-20, 11-15.

“I felt we had a pretty successful weekend,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann. “We are still plagued with ups and downs in momentum and our losses are typically occurring when we can not take care of things on our side of the net.”

Sharing the pool with Greybull were Kemmerer, Tongue River and Kaycee. The Buffs lost to Kemmerer, 16-25, 21-25, split with Tongue River, 25-15, 17-25, and beat Kaycee, 16-25, 25-20, 11-15. Schlattmann said, “I thought we were in a strong pool and we played competitively for the most part.”

Saturday’s Gold bracket included the Buffs, Burlington, Big Horn 2 and Thermopolis. Greybull scored a comparatively easy, 25-15, 25-15 win over Burlington, outlasted the Big Horn Lady Rams in a three game match, 25-17, 15-25, 17-15, setting up the head-to-head match with the Lady Bobcats for the championship.

The Buffs served 86 percent over the course of the tournament, a percentage Coach Schlattmann would like to see go up. ”I would like to see this in the 90s, but more importantly we need to convert on serves at critical times; we didn’t do that. After a timeout, game point, or at the start of a set are all critical.”

Dasha Kelso, Aftin DeRosa and Chai Durfee were the three Buffs who served above 90 percent.

Passing, most noticeably in serve receive, “is still a work in progress, but we’ll get there,” Schlattmann said.

The attack was led by Madi Edeler, Brett Stephens and Kelso, who topped the blocking stats. Schlattmann said the team needs to get more production from hitters and be more aggressive at the net if they want to be competitive. “We need six solid hitters,” said Schlattmann. “We will continue to work on those things in practice.”

Summing up the two-day tournament, Coach Schlattmann said, “Overall I was satisfied at how the team played, but I have much higher expectations; I hope we continue to grow and put it all together.”

The Buffs host Shoshoni in homecoming matches Friday afternoon at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. The Lady Blues, an experienced group, are coming off an appearance at state last year. The solid team is expected to be a contender again this year.

Saturday Greybull will be in Thermopolis for an invitational tournament. The Buffs will share a pool with Shoshoni, Rocky Mountain and Farson.

Seeding into the bracketed tournament will be based on total number of games won in the four pools.