Lady Buffs make top bracket, lose to Glenrock in final

A loss to Glenrock in the final was the only blemish on an otherwise splendid weekend for the Greybull High School volleyball team.

The Buffs played two-game matches against Arvada-Claremont, Lusk and Sundance in Friday’s pool play. They won five of those six games, beating A-C 25-17, 25-8, splitting with Lusk, 23-25, 25-16 and sweeping Sundance 25-17, 26-25.

With that 5-1 record, the Buffs entered play on Saturday as the No. 2 seed in the Maroon bracket. First up was Big Horn.  The hosts won the first set, 25-12, but the Buffs rallied, winning game two, 25-19, and game three, 15-13, to advance to the final.

In it, they fell to a “tough” Glenrock team, 19-25, 19-25.

“It was the first time in several years that we have had such a successful day one and been placed in the top bracket,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann.  “As a team, we served 91 percent over the course of the two days.  That is a good indicator of our success for sure.  We have a goal of 90 percent or more for each game.”

Kendall Stephens lead the team with 11 aces and Shayla Cheatham had seven.

Leading the Greybull attack were Shayla Cheatham and Kendall Stephend, both with 28 kills.  Avery Howe had 18, Kaylyn Burns had 11, and Payten Sorensen had nine.  Kendall Wright had 71 assists for the weekend.

Defensively, Payten Sorensen led the team in digs with 48 followed by Kylin Stephens with 40, Cheatham with 30, and Kendall Wright with 21.  “Our passing was strong over the weekend and I was pleased with that,” said Schlattmann.

“Overall, it was a very successful weekend for us,” she said. “We were able to play teams that we won’t see again until the state tournament and I felt like we were very competitive.  We had a couple girls out Saturday morning taking the ACT and that created opportunities for some of our other players to gain valuable playing time and they did not disappoint.

“We dug deep and came from behind to win the match against Big Horn and I couldn’t have been more proud of the play of the team.  I had a very different lineup then we had been playing with and the girls responded.  It was fun to watch them.”

The Glenrock match was decided at the net, she said, noting that the Herders “attack every ball as it comes over the net, and many times we presented them with easy options by not passing or attacking as we should.  I really felt like that, in combination with our lack of solid communication, was the difference in the game.  But we didn’t give up and came back late in game two and it was competitive.  This group, although too quiet, does not lack effort as far as going for every ball.”

Greybull opens Class 2A Northwest Conference play this week with matchups against Tongue River Friday in Dayton (4, 5 and 6 p.m.) and Rocky Mountain  Saturday at Buff Gym (12, 1 and 2 p.m.).

“We have played both teams this season, resulting with a win over TR, but a loss against Rocky Mountain,” said Schlattmann. “Both teams are scrappy and Rocky is pretty big.  It will be a good test of our ability to attack aggressively and play scrappy defense if we want to get wins.”