Rangely High School’s freshman volleyball team played its home opener on August 27 against Wyoming’s Little Snake River. The team started the match with the “first game trace”, which is quite normal for a first-year team. After a few good rallies, the team started to fight. The Panthers fell short in Game 1, losing 18-25. The second game, the Panthers fought hard. Chloe Noel had an impressive solo block and Kaylen Geer led the team in passing. The Panthers fought hard but again fell short losing the game 23-25. The team is showing incredible talent and I (Coach Fielder) am excited to work more with the girls and see what the rest of our season has in store for us.
On Friday, August 26, the Rangely volleyball teams traveled to North Park High School in Walden, Colorado. The university played the first game of the day. Varsity took the floor a little slow making a few service errors. The ladies found ways to clinch the first set, winning 25-21. The second set saw an improvement in the team’s overall serves and were able to end the game and play excellent defence, winning the second set 25-17. The third and final set for the university turned out to be the best set to serve without making mistakes in the third set and pass the ball well and end the game.
Overall the girls played well and overcame their difficulties behind the service line. They knew how to pass and lead their attack well. Kaitlyn Cox led the team with four aces, with Kyrah and Karlee with three aces each. Miley Chism led the team in points earned behind the service line with nine. Lexi LeBleu led the team with nine kills and Kyrah Phelps was right behind her with eight. Defensively, Kristiana Terry led the digs with 21.
The JV team played well and defeated North Park in straight sets. The score in the first set was 25-23, the girls were able to serve well and finish the game. The second set was a 9-25 loss where the Panthers struggled to pass. The third set ended 15-11, we turned things around and were able to overcome the tough second set loss. Aubrianna Tapia had five kills against North Park, followed by Sydney Lujan with four and Addie Scott with three kills. Paola Munoz, Kenzie Satterly and Gracie Varner all had three aces and Aubrey Kenney had two.
On Saturday, August 27, the Panthers hosted Little Snake River from Baggs, Wyoming. They faced a tough team and lost in straight sets. The Panthers battled to overcome a 9-1 Rattlers lead early in the first set, but just couldn’t get out of that hole. The girls all played really hard and unfortunately made too many mistakes to end the game. The first set was lost 16-25 and the second 13-25. Baggs is always a tough competitor, and this time was no different with the college team losing to Baggs in five sets. Varsity came out ready to play leading most of the first set, but ran into trouble ending the game midway through the set. Baggs won the first set 18-25. In the second set, the girls came back ready to fight and won the second set 25-17. The third set was very similar to the second set with the girls fending off mistakes and playing great defense and finding open holes for Baggs, winning 25-17. In the fourth set, the girls came out flat, unable to put together games to end the game, losing the fourth set 22-25. The deciding fifth set was back and forth until the end, but Rangely was a bit short in the end, losing 13-15. The girls played and worked hard and found some success. Defensively, Kyrah Phelps had 23 digs, Miley Chism had 17, Emma Smith had 16 and Kristiana Terry had 13. Offensively, the passers did a great job moving the ball with Lexi LeBleu leading the team in kills with 11 , but had several hitters also chip in, Kyrah Phelps with eight kills, Emmerree Wagner with seven kills and Ashlynn Ducey adding six kills. Annika Cantrell had some great defensive blocks at the net. Kaitlyn Cox led the team in aces with six earned runs and 17.
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