Buffs rebound from conference losses

by marlys good

After a pair of conference losses to Shoshoni and Thermopolis, the Lady Buffs bounced back to rack up five straight victories last weekend, the first over conference rival Riverside Thursday and the next four in the Greybull/Riverside Duals Friday and Saturday.

Buff Gym was filled to capacity with Buff and Rebel fans, all decked out in pink for the annual “pink games” to raise cancer awareness and funding for the Women’s Wellness Center in Cody.

But pink aside, the Lady Buffs were primed and ready and beat the much-improved Rebels in three games, 25-14, 25-12, 25-14.

“It was an important conference match for us,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann. “We knew we just needed to go out and play aggressively. I was happy the girls did just that.”

Senior Madi Edler lead the attack with 10 kills and two blocks. Jessica Dowling had five kills with Jordan Flitner and Dasha Kelso were credited with two kills each.

Perfect from the line were Dowling, Julianne Carlson, Madi Kraft and Shayne Mazur. Savannah Kober missed just one serve and had four aces. Ky Sorensen had 14 assists; Bailee Stephens and Britney Fink had four assists apiece.

“It was such a great night,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann. “We had an amazing and supportive crowd and I am so thankful for everyone who came out, supported a good cause and cheered for both teams. It is a great event and we were certainly pleased with how well it turned out.”

The Buffs were at the top of the heap at the Greybull/Riverside Duals. They opened Friday with double wins over Burlington, 21-13, 21-9, and Tongue River, 21-19, 21-11, and didn’t miss a beat Saturday when they topped Moorcroft, 21-17, 21-16, 15-4 and kept the string going with a 21-9, 21-10, 15-5 victory over Arvada-Clearmont.

“I don’t have any stats available for this, but my overall summary is that it was a good weekend for us. We won all the matches and I am pleased. In this tournament setting I was able to play a few different lineups; it gave some of the younger girls more experience and that is always nice. We were a bit lethargic Saturday, but we still played well. I think overall our serving was strong,” Schlattmann said.

The Buffs are looking at two tough opponents this week. They go to Tongue River Friday for matches at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. and Saturday will host a rematch with the Lady Bobcats from Thermopolis. Varsity action is at 3 p.m.

Schlattmann said the team’s focus remains the same. “We need to serve stronger, block and hit more aggressively while maintaining strong passing to win these games.”