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Top-ranked Shoshoni dominates Greybull spikers
Shoshoni's Natalee Goff spiked the ball over Greybull defenders Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball action. The Lady Blue blew by the Buffs in three games. Shoshoni wore pink in support of Cancer Awareness night. Photo by Randy Tucker

Top-ranked Shoshoni dominates Greybull spikers

Sep 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Lady Blue play at Big Piney on Friday and Kemmerer on Saturday.

Fresh off winning the Lyman Invitational volleyball title Saturday, Shoshoni High School had little time to rest before hosting Greybull in a non-conference on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Blue didn't show any sign of a letdown in a 25-12, 25-18, 25-9 victory over Greybull.

During the match, SHS wore pink uniforms in support of The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Foundation in Fremont County.

"This is the part of the season when we need to continue to get better," SHS coach Christina Mills said. "The girls have some great team goals and individual goals that they are striving for each and every game. They know that they cannot be satisfied if they are going to meet them."

Mills said the crowd played an important role in the victory.

"The girls played very well last night," Mills said. "They were excited about the fund-raising and having a packed gym."

SHS is ranked No. 1 in Class 2-A in the first volleyball poll of the season.

Southeast is No. 2. Kemmerer stands in the No. 3 position. Wright checks in at No. 4, and Tongue River is No. 5.

"To be honest, the girls and I both don't pay attention to rankings," Mills said.

"We are about staying focused on what we need to do each and every game.

Rankings don't mean a lot at the end of the season. It's about what you do at regionals and state. That's our focus."

The Lady Blue play at Big Piney on Friday and Kemmerer on Saturday.

"We have a lot of games in a short amount of time," Mills said.

SHS plays at Powell on Monday and at Wyoming Indian Tuesday.

SHS 3, Greybull 0

"Greybull is a great team that is well-coached," Mills said. "They struggled with passing and we took advantage of that and dug the ball well to set up our offensive attacks."

SHS produced nine aces in the sweep. KayLee Fegler led the way with four aces. Kelly McAuslan and Natalee Goff had two aces apiece.

Goff knocked down 11 kills. Sarah Thompson had seven kills, and Shaide Pingetzer finished with six kills. Annika Dechert had a team-high 13 digs, and Goff recorded 12 digs.

Lyman tournament

Deadlocked at 13-13, SHS won the final two points in the third set to claim a 15-13 victory against Lyman Saturday at the Lyman Invitational.

The win gave the Lady Blue the title at the one-day tournament. SHS won the first set vs. the Eagles 25-23, but lost the second set 25-13 to force the final third set. Other SHS wins in the tournament were over Big Piney (21-18, 21-8) Farson-Eden (21-12, 21-13) Little Snake River (21-7, 21-6) and Kemmerer (21-15, 21-14).

Lyman plays in the Class 3-A West conference this year, while the Lady Blue are in the Class 2-A ranks. "Lyman was a great team for us to play this weekend, because they have some good size and hit the ball well," Mills said.

"We did a great job defensively as well as blocking at the net."

Little Snake River is one of the top teams in Class 1-A.

"This was a good tournament for us to have to play a different style of volleyball," Mills said. "Most of the teams this weekend dig the ball well and get their opponents out of their system. It was a good tournament for us to adjust defensively."

In the match vs. the Eagles, Thompson had four blocks.

Fegler passed out 20 assists. Kelly McAuslan contributed with 13 digs.

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