Sep 6, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Shoshoni Wranglers swept Burlington for a successful volleyball home opener on Thursday night.
Shoshoni rolled 25-10, 25-17, 25-18.
The Wranglers placed third last Saturday at the Douglas Invitational.
"We played well for our first game on our home floor," SHS Christina Mills said. "I was very proud of the team's defensive effort."
Serving was another strong point for the Wranglers.
"We served very and kept the ball playable," Mills said. "The girls are really understanding how to place the ball for both serves and hitting. It's exciting to watch them continue to improve."
SHS was in control for most of the match.
"I'm not sure there was necessarily a pivotal moment or set in the game," Mills said. "We just continued to take care of the things that we have in our control and that was the difference."
SHS was credited with nine aces in the victory.
Annika Dechert had three aces.
Shayde LeClair and Michelle Tarango had two aces apiece.
Dechert paced SHS with 13 digs. Tasha Maddock had 12, while LeClair ended with 11.
LeClair slammed down 15 kills. Raine Pingetzer had eight, and Erika Eckley contributed with six kills.
"Our serving was much improved based on serving to designated areas and serving tough," Mills said.
"We also did a nice job of moving the ball around and getting players in positions to hit."
The Wranglers will now enjoy a weekend off from competition.
"As always, we will continue to work on ball control in areas," Mills said.
"We are a young team, so this our main area of focus.
We need to continue to communicate and move well on defense so that we can dig big hits and lead our offense."
The Wranglers will be in the Big Horn Invitational on Sept. 13-14.
The next home match is Sept. 27 vs. Kemmerer.
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