It certainly is a new dawn for Orange-and-Black volleyball.
The Lady Rustlers of Central Wyoming College, under new head coach Darshaya Gallard, won their opening two matches of the new campaign at the Sheridan Invitational over the weekend, with victories against Miles Community College and Dawson Community College on Friday.
Coming off a rugged, four-week preseason training regimen, Central came out of the gates guns blazing in the opener against MiIes, beating the Lady Pioneers in straight sets by a scoreline of 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-14).
Sophomore middle blocker Kayla Coles and freshman outside hitter Rylee Burmester quickly formed a dynamic duo at the net, each contributing 11 kills to the cause.
Also in the match, another freshman, setter Rylie Haderlie provided 42 assists to the big boppers up front, while former Lady Wolverine Brooklenn Thompson had her usual solid game along the back.
Later on Friday, Central faced the Lady Buccaneers of Dawson Community College and once again swept through the opposition in straight sets, winning, 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-23).
Burmester and Tamara Lukic led the Rustlers with nine kills each, while Coles and 6-foot-2 middle blocker Jensen Paris added seven apiece.
According to Gallard, her squad took it one step at a time, with some help from their supply line on the court.
"The girls fought point-by-point and came out on top at the end," said Gallard."Kassi Falslev, Brook Thompson and Alyssa Barkhurst had amazing receive passes, which kept our offense strong."
Central failed to carry the momentum gained from Friday into the following day's match against the host Lady Generals of Sheridan College, as the Rustlers lost, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21).
Lesson learned, said Gallard.
"Our heads were high, and our anxiety set in as we scouted Sheridan," she said. "We lost in three, only to teach us a true lesson in focus and determination for the future."
Central (2-1) travels to Scottsdale, Arizona, for a tournament this weekend to face four different opponents over the two-day event.