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Wrangler spikers working through busy stretch

Oct 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Shoshoni Wranglers in the middle of the most hectic part of their volleyball schedule, with five matches in a span of six days.

Shoshoni has posted a 2-2 record in the stretch so far, with wins over Wyoming Indian and Big Piney.

The Wranglers fell to Kemmerer and Powell.

Shoshoni hosted Wind River on Thursday night.

"They are responding very well," SHS coach Christina Mills said.

"We played well against Kemmerer despite losing. It was a close match."

WRHS beat the Wranglers in their first meeting of the season.

"It's an important game for conference, but also because we need to be playing better at this time of the season," Mills said.

Wins

The Wranglers swept Wyoming Indian 25-16, 25-18, 25-15, on Tuesday night for a conference victory.

For SHS, Shayde LeClair registered 10 kills. Raine Pingetzer and Erika Eckley had nine kills apiece.

Eckley also served eight aces in the three-set victory.

Annika Dechert finished with a team-high nine digs.

"We played well, but not as well as we can," Mills said. "We made too many unforced errors in the first game that cost us some points."

SHS didn't lose a set in a win over Big Piney on Friday, Oct. 12. Scores were 25-23, 25-18, 25-6.

Setbacks

"The most difficult match was Powell," Mills said.

"They are a top team in 3-A and have some really powerful hitters and servers."

Powell swept SHS 25-21, 25-9, 25-12, Monday night in Park County.

Powell is ranked No. 1 in the latest Class 3-A volleyball poll.

"We made crucial errors in game two and could not rebound back," Mills said.

Kemmerer made a clean sweep over SHS 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 on Friday, Oct. 11.

"The best match has been a mixture between Kemmerer and Powell," Mills said. "We played well against Kemmerer with our hitting, but had great defense against Powell in games one and three."

Conference

With one week left to play, the Wranglers are third with a 3-3 mark in the Class 2-A Southwest conference.

Kemmerer is first at a 5-0 mark. Wind River puts in a 4-1 conference mark and 15-4 overall.

Big Piney has a 1-4 league mark and WIHS winless in conference play.

Lovell is No. 1 in the Northwest league with a perfect 7-0 record.

Greybull is next at 5-1.

The Class 2-A West regional tournament is Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in Lander.

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