by marlys good
The Greybull Lady Buffs have a tough weekend of volleyball coming up with a home match against Tongue River Friday followed by a rematch with the Lady Bobcats in Thermopolis Saturday.
The Lady Buffs won’t overlook the Lady Eagles Friday night; Tongue River has a winning tradition and the Eagles are usually very strong, but Thermopolis beat Greybull in three games in the first go-round and the Buffs would like to exact a little revenge this time around.
Coach Sara Schlattmann said, “We will focus our efforts in practice on the key skills of serving, passing and a stronger attack. In addition, we are going to try to shore up our defense to defend against the setter tip. As we move into the second half of the season, I hope to get our lineup more solidified and work on ways we can increase our offensive points.”
Friday’s matches are at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Game times Saturday are noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Buffs win “pink” match
The Buffs had a successful week on the court, starting with the conference win over Riverside, 25-4, 25-19, 25-15, in Basin Thursday.
“Pink Night was great,” said Schlattmann. “A wonderful crowd to support a great cause. Well over $2,000 was raised that will go to the Women’s Wellness Center in Powell.” Schlattmann said she was appreciative of all the support shown in the cancer awareness campaign, to those who purchased the pink T-shirts, and those who dropped donations into the pink cowboy boots passed around the stands.
Topping the fun night was, “All three of our teams played well; I was proud of them. It was a nice conference win.”
Dual tournament a whirlwind
The Riverside/Greybull dual tournament gave the Buffs the opportunity to play teams “we don’t get to see a lot of throughout the year; that was nice,” Schlattmann said.
The Buffs were 3-0 in the three matches, including a victory over Wind River. The Lady Cougars seemed to have the Buffs’ number in previous contests but the Buff solved the problem this time around and beat Wind River in three hard-fought games, 25-21, 25-21, 20-18.
“We finally put it together and beat them,” said Schlattmann. “I was proud of the girls. It was an early morning match, but they came mentally prepared. Our passing has improved quite a bit over the past week; we’ll keep practicing to hopefully improve that even more.”
Greybull opened with a win over Wyoming Indian Friday, 25-15, 25-16, 15-3.
Any momentum the Buffs had went south when they faced Burlington, a team they had beaten three consecutive times. Four was not their lucky number as the Huskies won in three, 24-26, 25-22, 11-15. “Against Burlington we relapsed a bit,” said Coach Schlattmann. “Serving was our downfall. Pretty much every loss we have had can be tied to a poor performance in serving.”
Greybull closed with a victory over Moorcroft, 25-12, 25-16, 17-15.
No cumulative stats were available.
Shoshoni holds down the top spot in conference standings with a record of 3-0; Thermopolis, with a loss to the Lady Blue, is second at 2-1. The Buffs and Rocky Mountain hold down third and fourth with 2-2 and 1-2 records respectively. Riverside is still looking for its first conference win.