Sep 7, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorShoshoni High School stumbled in the second set Thursday when Wind River pulled out a 25-23 victory to even the match score at 1-1.
The Lady Blue won the third set 25-15 and the fourth set 25-9 to win the Fremont County volleyball cross country battle in Shoshoni.
SHS opened the match winning the first set 25-17. The match was the home opener for the Lady Blue. It was the first one for SHS in the Class 2-A Southwest conference. WRHS is 1-2 in league play. The Lady Cougars lost to Kemmerer, but beat Big Piney on Friday in Pavillion.
"We played well for our first home opener," SHS coach Christina Mills said. "There are still a few things we need to continue to improve upon in order to compete at a higher level. At times, the girls really stepped up and worked well together. We will continue to work at being more consistent."
The Lady Blue remained perfect on the young season.
"I always appreciate my team for their hard work and effort," Mills said. "This game was a great testament to the fact that they do not give up. They can come together and win big games."
The Lady Blue played Friday and Saturday in a Big Horn tournament.
Big Horn, Upton, Riverside and Rocky Mountain are in Shoshoni's bracket.
"We need to work on consistency and unforced errors," Mills said. "My girls know that they need to make the ball playable, and that with every contact we have to better the ball."
SHS 3, WRHS 1
Mills said the Lady Blue didn't panic after they lost the second match.
"Anytime you can come back from a loss and play better says a lot," Mills said. "The girls knew what they needed to change, and they took control of that."
SHS has a veteran team this year with a number of seniors.
"I did not have to make changes or pep talk them," Mills said. "They simply stepped up as leaders and proved themselves on the court."
Mills was not surprised on how the Lady Blue finished the match with a pair of easy victories.
"One thing my girls pride themselves on is resiliency," Mills said. "They knew that they could and should be playing better. They have put in a lot of gym time throughout the summer. They know they need to continue to elevate their game as the season continues if they are going to meet their team goals."
Natalee Goff had team-high 12 kills. Kolbi Pickingpaugh collected 11 kills, and Sarah Thompson was in double figures at 10 kills.
Pickingpaugh and Kelly McAuslan had 16 digs apiece.
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