Sep 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorAll the key points in the fifth and final set on Thursday night went the right way for Lander Valley High School in a Class 3-A West volleyball conference match at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Tigers won a 15-8 set to complete the match victory over Mountain View. The visiting team won the first set at 25-13. The Tigers took the next two 25-21, 25-17. MVHS forced a fifth set with a 25-20 win in the fourth set.
The match on Thursday was the home opener for LVHS.
"It was great to win on the first home game of the season," LVHS coach Anndee Meyer said. "It was also important to gain confidence and momentum going into Saturday's conference game against Powell."
The Panthers defeated the Tigers 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 26-24 on Saturday afternoon.
LVHS fell to Pinedale 25-21, 26-24, 11-25, 25-22 on the road on Tuesday night to open conference play.
"We had some difficulties, however it was a good game to learn from watch video and make changes," Meyer said.
The Tigers placed fifth in the silver bracket last weekend at the Rawlins Invitational in its final warm-up before conference play starts.
LVHS beat Mountain View in the final game of the tournament in a non-conference match.
The Tigers play at Jackson on Friday, Sept. 21, in its only match of the week. The varsity will play at 5 p.m.
LVHS 3, MVHS 2
MVHS was on fire from the opening point on Thursday night vs. the Tigers. The Buffaloes built a 10-4 lead and had it up to 17-5 after an ace was recorded. MVHS went on to win the first set by 12 points.
"We had first game jitters and confusion," said Meyer about what happened in the first set.
In the second set, the Tigers got things going on a Kaylynn Cox-Mantlo ace. MVHS came back to cut into the score at 14-12.
The teams were tied at 16-16. Shanda Post put down two straight kills for a 19-17 lead.
Codi Swenson added two more slams for a 22-19 lead to force MVHS to take a timeout.
"The girls began passing much better, which is key for our offense to run effectively," Meyer said.
Post finished the first set with a kill, and LVHS had the match score deadlocked at 1-1.
Lander's Keesha Rowan put in an ace at 18-16. Alicia Espinoza served back-to-back aces for a 21-16 cushion.
Post had two more kills to secure an eight-point victory. MVHS was back in control in the fourth set to force the final set.
In the fifth set, LVHS jumped ahead 5-2 to have MVHS call another timeout. After the timeout, Post and Cox-Mantlo put things into high gear for the victory for LVHS.
"It was an exciting night for the girls and the fans," Meyer said. "No one wanted to finish on a negative note."
Meyer said the win in the fifth set was a team victory.
"They stepped up very well," Meyer said.
"I thought each of the girls had a great game. Everyone filled a role and were all together to finish and win the match."
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