Lady Blue make quick work of Big Piney spikers

Sep 30, 2012 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The set scores on Saturday were 25-8, 25-15, 25-9 in the conference victory for Shoshoni High School.

SHOSHONI -- Sometimes in Saturday afternoon volleyball matches, coaches worry on how the players are going to respond after staying up late Friday night.

That wasn't the case for Shoshoni coach Christina Mills when her players came out ready from the opening point and sweep Big Piney in front of the home crowd.

The Lady Blue remained undefeated in conference play on Saturday with a 25-8, 25-15, 25-9 victory over the Lady Punchers.

SHS is the top-ranked team in Class 2-A volleyball.

"These kids like to play volleyball, so getting these kids up is not really an issue," SHS coach Christina Mills said. "They like to be in the gym.

I have to kick them out probably more than anything after practices."

SHS is now 2-0 on the season vs. Big Piney.

"We have to clean some things up," Mills said. "Our passing has to get more consistent and moving our feet to get good defense. We have to make the serves when they count."

The Lady Blue will host Kemmerer Saturday afternoon in a Southwest match. SHS is 1-0 on the season vs. the Rangers.

SHS is in first place in the league, and Kemmerer is one game behind the Lady Blue.

SHS 3, Big Piney 0

The first set on Saturday afternoon wasn't even close. The Lady Blue built a commanding 23-6 lead, and Sarah Thompson ended the first set on with a kill.

Big Piney closed the gap in the second set hanging in there at 11-11.

SHS outside hitter Natalee Goff started to take control of the match. Goff delivered back-to-back kills for an 18-13 lead.

Big Piney never made it back in the second set, and the Lady Blue had a 10-point win.

"Any time Big Piney was scoring, it was (due to ) our errors," Mills said.

"That is not OK with me."

In the third set, the Lady Blue kept Big Piney out of its offense strong serves as the home team cruised to the victory.

"That is something that we keep working on," Mills said.

"I keep telling them that passing and serving are the keys.

That is where we have to continue, to improve and being smart where we are placing things."

SHS setters KayLee Fegler and Annika Dechert delivered assists to the middle or outside to Goff, Thompson, Kolbi Pickinpaugh and Shaide Pingetzer.

"That has been a great thing for us," said Mills about the balanced roster. "That is why we are doing very well.

We don't have to count on one person. Any night, it can be somebody else.

It's nice to see all six of them playing well."

Mills likes how the bench players are getting use to varsity experience.

"We have a couple who are coming off the bench and are doing their job," Mills said.

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