by marlys good
The Greybull Lady Buffs lost just one match during competition at the North Big Horn Invitational in Lovell last weekend, but that match was to Cody in the semifinals. Greybull regrouped to beat Wind River in two games, 25-11, 25-23, to take third.
Coach Sara Schlattmann said, “Overall we had a great weekend. Our varsity took third place, which is the best we’ve done in a long time at this tournament.”
In Friday’s pool, the Buffs beat Rocky Mountain, 25-14, 25-13; Burlington, 25-23, 25-21; Wind River, 25-14, 21-25, 15-8, and finished by beating Meeteetse, 25-20, 25-7.
In Saturday’s bracketed tournament Greybull withstood a challenge from the Riverside Rebels, 23-25, 25-16, 15-8 before the disappointing 20-25, 22-25 loss to the Lady Broncs in the semi-finals.
Preseason practices focused on serving and passing out of serve receive, and those were the only stats kept during the invitational. Overall the Buffs passed just 60 percent and served at 88 percent. “Our goal for serving is to be above 90 percent. In the loss to Cody we served 85 percent and passed at just 53 percent. Clearly that was the difference in the match,” Schlattmann said.
Individually Schlattmann singled out Shayne Mazur and Bailee Stephens for their 95 and 92 percent serving respectively, and Dasha Kelso and Ky Sorensen, who led in passing with 68 and 65 percent respectively. “I also applaud our play at the net; our hitters really stepped up with many of them seeing their first varsity action in those positions.”
Greybull is in Burlington today (Thursday) for a rematch with the Burlington Huskies. ”Burlington played very tough against us this weekend; we will have our hands full; they like to keep you out of the system,” Schlattmann said.
Greybull is co-hosting the Greybull/Riverside Duals Friday. Competing in the duals, in addition to the hosts, will be Big Piney, Farson, Kemmerer, Little Snake River, Tongue River and Wind River.
Both host teams will play all their matches in the confines of their own gymnasiums.
The GMS gym, and the two courts set up at the Buff Gym, will be busy from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Buffs will play all their matches on Court I in the Buff Gym.
The Buffs schedule includes: 9-10:45 a.m. Wind River; 11 a.m. – 12:45 Farson; 1-2:45, Kemmerer and 3-5 versus Big Piney.
Varsity action is first and will be followed immediately by junior varsitiy matches between the same two schools.
Schlattmann said she is excited for Friday’s duals. ”We will get to play some teams we won’t see much this season; it should be good.”