Oct 7, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterSHOSHONI -- Shoshoni moved one step closer to an uncontested first place seed in the upcoming West 2-A Regional volleyball tournament with a three-game sweep of Kemmerer Saturday at home.
The Wranglers rolled 25-13, 25-18 and 25-20 to complete a regular season sweep of the Rangers this season.
Tuesday Shoshoni hosts Wyoming Indian in the final home game of the season, then concludes conference play at Pavillion against Wind River on Thursday. A win in either one of those matches secures the top seed out of the Southwest 2-A.
The opening game was highlighted by seven straight points from 5-5 junior Erika Eckley. With score 18-13 in Shoshoni's favor, Eckley scored the final seven points of the game -- including five aces.
"My middle stepped up today," Shoshoni head coach Christina Mills said. "They tried to single block us and we handled it well."
The Wranglers didn't play at the top of their game but still swept the third ranked Rangers in just three games. Shoshoni has just two losses on the season, with a close contest against 3-A Powell and a loss in tournament pool play to Big Horn.
Annika Dechert and Kolbi Pickinpaugh both played well overall. Dechert paced the Wranglers with 16 points, including six aces.
The one-two punch of setter Kaylee Fegler and the front line of Sarah Thompson, Natalee Goff, Shaide Pingetzer and Pickinpaugh dominated the power game. Thompson tallied 10 kills, while Pickinpaugh scored nine, Goff six and Pingetzer five.
Fegler controlled the contest throughout with a variety of traditional and back sets to the Shoshoni spikers.
The Wranglers stand at 23-2 overall, with two ties coming in tournament pool play.
"Our serving paid off," Mills said. "Our serving and passing was great tonight."
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