Second-place finish for SHS girls at Big Horn volleyball

Sep 12, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Victories by SHS were over Thermopolis 21-19, 21-13; Upton 25-9, 25-6; Sundance 21-10, 21-15 and Rocky Mountain in the one-day tournament.

Shoshoni High School finished in the runner-up position Saturday at the Big Horn Invitational volleyball tournament.

Big Horn swept the Lady Blue 21-17, 21-18 in the title match to end a demanding day of volleyball.

"The girls played really well overall," SHS coach Christina Mills said.

"We are still working on playing together as a team with more consistency. As the season continues this will take care of itself as the girls become more comfortable playing with each other."

Victories by SHS were over Thermopolis 21-19, 21-13; Upton 25-9, 25-6; Sundance 21-10, 21-15 and Rocky Mountain 25-19, 25-17.

"This was a really long tournament because the varsity portion was only Saturday," Mills said. "The girls played seven games in one day."

The Lady Blue split against Big Horn 25-23, 23-25 and Riverside 25-23, 24-26.

"The tournament was an excellent opportunity to make notes of our strengths and weaknesses as well as on several different defenses," Mills said.

Mills enjoyed the competition put in by the other teams in the bracket.

"Anytime you play in the North you are going to get great competition," Mills said. "They have some long-standing records of success. It was a tremendous opportunity to gauge our current status."

The Lady Blue won a tournament in Lovell to start the season last month. SHS is 1-0 in conference play after beating Wind River last Thursday in its home opener.

Championship match

"This was a mentally and physically exhausting game," Mills said. "Both teams made a lot of errors that normally would not take place."

Kolbi Pickinpaugh and Natalee Goff had six kills apiece.

"Big Horn basically made fewer errors than us to pull out a win in two very close games," Mills said. "The girls know

we were not playing at our best, and it reconfirmed that we need to continue to improve our level of conditioning so that we can be mentally and physically tough when it comes to long tournaments."

KayLee Fegler had 13 assists. Goff led the way with 11 digs.

SHS eliminated Sundance and Thermopolis in the two bracket play matches to clinch a spot for the championship match.

In the win over Thermopolis, Goff put down a team-high nine kills. Pickinpaugh had four kills. Fegler had 15 assists and two aces. Tasha Maddock chipped in with two aces.

In the back row, Fegler came up with seven digs and Pickinpaugh had nine.

Shoshoni stats from championship match

Big Horn 2, Shoshoni 0 -- Kolbi Pickinpaugh, six kills, one ace, three digs; Natalee Goff, six kills, 11 digs; Annika Dechert, three aces; Kaylee Fegler, 13 assists.

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