Buffs blast Rocky Mountain in three

by marlys good

Three was the number of the week for the Lady Buff netters. It was a lucky number Friday night when they routed Rocky Mountain in Cowley, 25-13, 25-8, 25-9, but an unlucky number Saturday when the league-leading, undefeated Shoshoni Lady Blue came to town and dominated the Buffs, 17-25, 10-25, 17-25.

Coach Sara Schlattmann said her team played “pretty well” against the young Grizzlies, who haven’t won a conference game this season.

The Buffs passed 90 percent, including six aces. Ky Sorensen, Britney Fink and Bailee Stephens were 100 percent from the line. On the attack Madi Edeler had 12 kills, Jessica Dowling, six, and Jordan Flitner, three.

“What I liked most was that the girls stayed focused on what they needed to do on their side of the net. We didn’t give away many points, which is good, because we tend to let teams go on runs sometimes,” Schlattmann said.

The coach said Greybull didn’t overlook Rocky, despite their winless record. “Each conference win is very important so we tried to stay focused on the importance of the match.”

It was a completely different scenario Saturday. Looking back at the match played in Shoshoni early in the season, the Buffs knew what to expect from the league leaders.

“Just like our previous match with them, they served very tough and we struggled to get out of serve receive. In addition, they have two, and sometimes three, great attackers that controlled the net. We struggled offensively and gave them way too many easy third balls. This translated into them getting an easy pass, set, kill.”

Schlattmann said Shoshoni was impressive and is easily one of the top 2A teams right now. “We know we have to up our game, improve our attack, serve receive and be more aggressive serving.”

On the attack it was Madi Edeler with seven kills; Dowling and Flitner had three each.

The team served 90 percent with Dasha Kelso, Fink, Aftin DeRosa and Madi Kraft at 100 percent. But, Schlattmann added, “We didn’t have one ace in the match; that tells me we were too conservative in our attempts.”

Kelso’s 69 percent passing led the Buffs.

Six seniors played their final match in the Buff Gym and were recognized for their achievements prior to the match. Honored were Aftin DeRosa, Jessica Dowling, Madi Edeler, Britney Fink, Savannah Kober and Madi Kraft. “They are phenomenal young ladies and have been a pleasure to coach. We will have a big void to fill when they leave the program.”

Greybull closes out the regular season against the Lady Rebels Friday night. Matches are at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. in Basin.

The Buffs will not overlook Riverside, a team locked into the pigtail game against Rocky Mountain Oct. 16.

“All matches are important, but this match is critical to our getting the chance to be the number two seed in our conference. I have seen Riverside’s improvement over the season; we will not take them lightly. Our focus will be on our side of the net, minimizing errors and producing on offense.”